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skylee

Movie on Boxing Day

This is the ticket of the film I saw on Boxing Day last year.

1) What movie did I see?

2) Who sold me the ticket?

3) Where was the cinema?

roddy

Got lemons?

If you have a ____________ you can go to ____________ and when you buy any one of _____________, ________________, or ______________ (good luck translating those) you get a _______________ for the price of a _____________ .

There's a couple of company names in there - plug one into Google and you should find the English name easy enough, the other you can translate easy enough. Skip the drinks names if you like.

roddy

High-Altitude Hygiene

I'm not actually in China at the moment, so Signese resources have been somewhat scarce on the ground lately. However, I've been shamed into action by the prolific postings by the folk at 中文挑战 - and one quick raid of the archives over at Signese.com, here we go:

1)This photo was taken outside a __________ on a _____________.

2) Operation of this facility requires __________ to be moved by ___________.

3) Said facility was funded by ________________.

4) Your ___________ and _____________ are hoped for. Although it is not made explicit, this probably means asking you to _________.

And a hint for anyone trying to figure out what 水所工运 means:

You're going in the wrong direction.

Extra credit for anyone who types up the sign so others can look up the words easier. I'll come back and check your answers later.

skylee

Caution

It seems that I keep posting pictures about trees.

Here is another one that I took today. What has happened to this tree?

On the other side of the tree there was the same notice but in English. And I learnt from the English notice that what had affected the tree was not what I had thought as I had misunderstood the relevant Chinese word. Guess what it is?

roddy

Kiroran

A submission from @DrWatson from his friendly neighbourhood restaurant. Hands up if you think we should send him back to get a photo of the rest of the menu. 

 

Quiz: The Chinese name doesn't match up with the English one. Who or what was it named after? Where does Kiroran come into it?

 

And if you already know the answer, don't post ;-)

 

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roddy

Chalk Handwriting

This is a hand-writing chalked advert for a more or less medical service - how many different ailments and diseases can you identify, and which part of the body are they associated with. Good luck though, there are parts of this one I've given up on figuring out . . .

skylee

Tram

You know where this place is, don't you?

When I first saw this tram I was quite surprised as the Chinese name was right on the first car. It took me a few attempts to take this picture, as I guess there is only one like this and I am not the kind who has a camera in hand ready to take pictures all the time. As far as I know there are different Chinese versions of the city's name. But if this name is good enough for the city it is good enough for me. (But I can't explain why I feel differently about Seoul's Chinese name.)

An irrelevant question - why do Asian (Japanese, Hong Kong, Taiwan) young people (or younger people) like to take pictures of the food they order with sophisticated big cameras in restaurants? Is it just to show off their cameras?

roddy

Bus Stop Scam

It's quite common to see adverts offering various illegal services and opportunities to be scammed plastered on bus stops and elsewhere around the city. They get taken down fairly regularly, but put back up just as soon.

Common examples are offers to provide various types of certification (ID cards, degree certificates, whatever) or high paying work in hotels and karaoke joints. The end result no doubt varies, but you can probably expect to end up poorer, and quite possibly a sex worker.

This particular version is new to me, so obviously I took a photo and scampered home to phone Li Xiang's lawyers put up a blog post about it.

1) Who is Li Xiang married to, and where does she reside?

2) What situation does she wish to avoid?

3) And to this end she is looking to find a man to do what with? Will this take place in Hong Kong, or elsewhere?

4) What do you think will end up happening to the unwitting victim, who to be honest probably deserves everything he gets.

skylee

Cents

I took this picture at the cashier of a small restaurant tonight.

If you like, you can -

i) explain what it is;

ii) consider why the shop does this;

iii) comment on the quality of the picture. :mrgreen:

skylee

Some random pictures again

I am back from a short trip to Shanghai and these are two of the pictures I took during a visit to the China Pavilion of the Expo 2010 site.

Observation 1 - I wonder if everyone (e.g. Chinese learners and users of simplified script) sees what Chinese character the logo next to the words "中國館" represents ...

Observation 2 - the name of the kid who did that painting is quite unusual in my opinion. I had never seen such a surname before, and the given name is just too good. Your view?

roddy

Yongan Lu Scene

Another user-contributed photo today, from edelweis, bring us an idyllic scene from Yong'an Lu in Changping, Beijing (I'm assuming that's the 永安路 it is, correct me if incorrect.)

If you'd like a couple of questions to engage with . .

a) What are your dining options on this particular stretch of thoroughfare, and what will you personally be choosing?

B) You need to get your mobile phone fixed, book a train ticket, and buy a pair of shoes. Can you do this all here?

roddy

Bus Audio

Moving away from the photographic today, we have a mere fifteen seconds or so of audio for you, recorded for you in the entirely authentic setting of Beijing's 107 bus.

Some questions to keep you interested . . .

1) What should all passengers do as the bus starts off?

2) Where should recently boarded passengers go?

3) What two forms of payment are mentioned, and what are the associated verbs?

4) Given that this is the east-bound 107 bus, we're in Beijing, and you have access to the Internet - what stop did you get on at?

xiaocai

Signs taken at hometown part 2

Maybe someone has posted similar photos before but I'd add a few questions with this one:

1.How many different services can you identify?

2.Where do you think it is most likely to be taken?

Sorry for the large size of the picture (1200X1600) but some interesting (at least I thought they are :P) details would have been missing if it had been resized any smaller.

skylee

垃圾暨廢物

I am not going to attach a picture to this post. The main reason is that I don't have one. But please keep reading.

This all happened in Hong Kong. Yesterday a friend wrote to me, telling me that he had seen a rubbish bin labelled 垃圾暨廢物回收箱. He then asked me jokingly what the difference between 垃圾 and 廢物 was.

Now don't use google / baidu yet. Try to (1) think of a difference between 垃圾 and 廢物, however unreasonable.

I managed to first come up with an imagined difference (it was racist so I am not going to repeat it here), and then find the real one.

Now you may use google and / or baidu and (2) find out what the real difference is.

Then another friend joined the discussion and she tried to find a better name for the rubbish bin. Why don't you also (3) suggest a better name for this poor laughing-stock-rubbish-bin?

When you explore this issue, you will come across an article titled "垃圾暨廢物" written by famous lyricist 林夕. Do take a look. It is quite funny. And then consider how you would handle the word "暨" (suggest you take care of this under item (3)).

By now you should have found a picture of this rubbish bin. If you have not, use the link below. Have fun. :P

skylee

Belgrade 貝爾格萊德

I took these pictures on Friday morning (local time) at the site where the Chinese Embassy, bombed by the US / NATO, used to be.

If you like you can try to (1) identify the characters on the plaque with missing strokes; and / or (2) read the words on the pink ribbons of the wreath.

DrWatson

Storefronts

New York Chinatown sidewalk signage - this one is particularly busy. But what sort of foods are available on this street?

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roddy

Rental Choices

Here's a list of rentals and sublets advertised on a bus stop near Dongzhimen. For the purpose of reporting your answers, assume they're numbered from top to bottom. You may need to get Googling.

1) You can't afford a place all to yourself, but you absolutely have to have your own bathroom.

2) You work at Oriental Kenzo - which of these is nearest?

3) Which of these would be most likely to get good light?

4) The sublets mention two types of 间 - what are they, and what's the difference.

roddy

Water Rules

Another user-contributed photo this time, from Dean A. Swanson.

This was snapped from the 919 bus on the outskirts of Beijing suburb Shunyi. Dean has helpfully provided a few questions for you to consider, thus saving me the bother.

If anyone else has anything they want to contribute, attach it to a private message or email ([email protected]) and hopefully we'll be able to use it. Regular contributors can, if they want, be set up to post directly to the blog.

With no further ado:

  1. Why is this river important?
  2. What are the three activities listed?
  3. Are you allowed to do them?

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