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roddy

Complete Vancler

As promised earlier in the week, here's the 韩寒 advert for Vancl. Your quiz:

1) What is 大排挡?

2) Which of the two adverts is the more nauseating?

3) Are you looking forward to the excellent supermarket ad I've got lined up for early next week?

skylee

Two random pictures ...

and they are in Cantonese.

The one with the apple is actually part of the poster of the movie "Bad Teacher". The other one was taken amongst the wine racks of a Hong Kong supermarket.

Enjoy.

skylee

This made me laugh ...

... and I was really happy. I took this in a big G.O.D. (Goods Of Desire; 住好啲) shop in Causeway Bay. I am kind of a fan of this brand, and I think the designer Douglas Young is quite talented.

Now just figure out what it is about. It is in Cantonese (some well-learned members might say it is not. But to me, a lesser Chinese who lives in Hong Kong, this is Cantonese enough). Thank you for reading this post. :P

PS - and I think that this item is for display only.

abcdefg

What are you forbidden to do here?

At Kunming airport yesterday, hanging on the wall behind the western-style toilet in one of the stalls. 

 

 

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China loves "government by slogan" 口号治国。But still, why is such an admonition needed here? 

roddy

Three signs . . .

1) What's on sale?

2) Who's selling it?

3) What will it cost?

4) Where can you go to find out more?

5) Wouldn't one sign have done?

roddy

Signese Revival 14

One fairly random photo of Chinese characters in action, per week, until sometime in 2018. And perhaps longer if I'm encouraged. Those who want to contribute their own random photos of Chinese characters are welcome, just get in touch and I'll add you to the contributor list so you can post directly, from computer or phone.

 

This is, without a doubt, my all time favourite. Guy was just pootling along the third ring road, I think. 

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roddy

Student Protest

Don't worry, not that student protest.

Apologies for the lack of Signese over the last week - your humble correspondent was off in Hong Kong, where they have the habit of putting English next to all the Chinese, making the collection of Signese resources somewhat tricky.

However I did manage to find this one for you, so . . .

1) Where was the photo taken? I'm looking for a specific institution name.

2) There's maybe a bit of guesswork necessary here, but what do you think the cause of discontent is?

3) How long did it take you to figure out what direction to read in this time?

roddy

More traffic nonsense

First offering from new contributor Chris today. Chris has been trying very hard over the last few weeks to come up with something suitable, but unfortunately kept on messing it up. He's finally managed it, so a big round of applause for him!

1) Which two traffic management . . er . . things . . . are mentioned on the banner?

2) Briefly explain what the 知荣辱 (thanks Skylee!) refers to.

3) What can you do and buy on the road behind?

roddy

Picture this: Paris. A library. 2011

Everyone's favourite Sound of Music song Edelweis has come across these signs in a library. Maybe in Paris, I can't remember. But that's not the point.

1) Can you translate the two signs?

2) Does the grammar seem ok to you?

3) And more difficultly - what's that scrawled note say?

4) And getting silly now - what is the significance of the number 19.25?

roddy

Excellent New Manhole Cover

Proud to add this to my collection of photos of manhole covers. It's quite rare now that I see a new type of cover, but this is the first one I've seen marked excrement. The character is 糞, the full form of 粪 (fèn), although the proportions make it look as much like 米田共, a euphemism based on the componenents of the full form character. I assume it leads to a septic tank rather than a pipe carrying turds around the city.

Manhole-enthusiasts can find this gem at the corner of Wangfujing and Meishuguan Dongjie.

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roddy

Undulating Pavement

Laughing at inaccurate use of English isn't big or clever. So you're only allowed to smile.

(I wanted to make a post, but this was the only photo I had handy)

skylee

Charles

I saw this poster yesterday when I was on an escalator. I was quite surprised, mainly by Charles' generosity (well he probably did not know what he was doing and it might be his wife's idea). The combined forces of illness and aging are intimidating.

I meant to take a picture of this today but had missed it (as I was on an escalator). So I had to go downstairs again to take this picture.

Now (Q1) see if you know what this poster is about. Do note the new Chinese name of the illness, which is now in use in Hong Kong, and (Q2) guess what the old Chinese name was. The name has been changed to project a more positive light to the patients. We did the same to another illness a few years back. That illness is now called 思覺失調 over here. (Q3) Guess what it means and what it was called before (you might have to google a bit).

skylee

Immortality

I walked past the City Hall in Central (Hong Kong) today and saw this inscription again. The picture was taken years ago. See if you can figure out what it means.

I wrote about this (twice!) in my own blog (in Chinese). If you are interested, take a look at this and this.

PS - Pictures of the English version and the bronze gates added on 9 April 2011.

StChris

The first rule of Fight Fuck Freak Club...

Anyone who has spent any time in China will have noticed the often nonsensical, and sometimes funny, things written in English on young peoples' clothes. To be fair, at least Chinese people have the sense to just have it printed on their clothes, rather than permanently tattooed on their bodies, as many westerners do with Chinese characters. After 2 years in China, I thought I could no longer be shocked by any crazy English T-shirts or jackets, but then I saw this:

 

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There was just something about the choice of words and the big, red lettering that stunned me for a moment. I personally would be down with 1.5 of the 3 things the club stands for, and was tempted to ask for more info but, well, you know the rules...

roddy

Sunny ad

Apologies for the lack of Signese-love recently, I have been doing other things. Not sure what though.

Here's a hand-scribbled ad stuck up on a window near my local breakfast emporium (ok, McDonald's. Best value coffee in Beijing, I maintain). Rather than just ask you a bunch of questions though, I'm hereby challenging you to transcribe or translate the entire ad. If you can't do it all just do the bits you can.

roddy

Guess the brand

Sorry for not posting any Signese lately. 乐不思蜀.

Sorry also for the quality of this one - mobile phone photo taken through the sliding doors of a subway. Should be legible, although I'll help you out with the last character - it's the traditional version of 价.

Your question - what brand is being advertised?

ChTTay

How to escape

Read before you intend to escape, not at the time of said escape. 

 

(Location: Taipei apartment balcony) 

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roddy

Photolocation

Quickish one today, and shouldn't be too hard - although I'll admit one of them is a bit sneaky. Have a look at the four photos attached and tell me at what kind of shop (establishment, restaurant, etc) each one was taken.

roddy

Turning Left

Ultra-quick one, and should be pretty easy - even if you don't know the vocabulary the characters are simple enough to look up I think. What type of vehicle can turn left?

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