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mungouk

OK, it's a menu

We know the names of dishes don't translate well, but I wondered what these dishes actually are...

 

(From an eatery on 平江路 in 苏州, by the old canal.)

 

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roddy

Trip

Here's one with actual questions!

What event has promoted this trip?

What means of transport is to be used?

What two destinations are named?

Who is eligible to attend?

Are you too late?

roddy

China Dolls

This is quite a fun one to read, have left it at full size as there's an awful lot of detail. No questions, just see how much of it you can read and if you can figure out what the point of the poster is - if you want to make things considerably easier, start from the bottom. Direct link to the image.

skylee

Exhibition

I went to the Hong Kong Museum of Art today and took this picture at the entrance of an exhibition of Wu Guanzhong's paintings. I like Wu's paintings very much, but he passed away in June this year. Before his death he donated many of his works to the museum, thus the exhibition.

See if you can understand what's in the photo.

Here is a 2004 thread on the artist -> Controversial and Billionaire painter

roddy

Lazy Admin

Every time I walk past this I think 'must look up that first character, which looks like it will be pronounced something like ge but may well not be' but I never actually bother. So your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to look the darned thing up.

roddy

The Chestnut Shop

Holder of the Guinness World Record for highest number of times the word chestnut has ever been written on a shop. In case you were in any doubt about what the place actually sells, they also hang out a megaphone (not pictures) to keep you up to date.

Gulou Dongdajie, at the Gulou end.

roddy

Restaurant sign

Here's a contribution from @stapler - a bright and happy sign outside a local restaurant in... not sure where, maybe stapler will tell us. Or maybe he's busy trying to figure out what 菜饭 and 常米 are.

 

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abcdefg

Help wanted 招聘

Saw this sign taped up on a wall recently. 

 

1. What kind of job is the top one? (The ¥2800 to ¥3200 one. 切菜工)

2. What sort of skills would you need to apply? What would you mainly be doing?

3. What kind of establishment posted this ad?

 

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5. Any thoughts about the second job? (女工一名)

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4. Are 招聘 and 薪资 two of your flashcards? Do you know some other ways to say "salary?"

roddy

Old Dwarves Tales

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to come up with a better translation than the one given on the box.

skylee

Trees

I am recycling my older photos posted on the original signese dot com.

What do the notices say?

roddy

World Cup Beer

Snap of a blackboard advertising a promotion at a Beijing diner.

1) When does the promotion take place?

2) How much do you have to spend to qualify?

3) How much beer will you then be entitled to?

4) What other goodies will be provided?

roddy

Best and cheap

The main menu is entirely English and standard cafe burgers and breakfasts. Not been in yet, but maybe next time I'm passing. 

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roddy

Eyewitnesses?

Just in case anyone happened to be passing.

1) Which two vehicles were involved?

2) Who was injured?

3) Who should witnesses contact?

abcdefg

Airport hot water dispenser

This machine at Shanghai Pudong was having a bad day. But at least management offered a clear explanation.

 

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设备故障 -- 暂停使用 

 

 

StChris

The 2nd in the series of public adverts encouraging intelligent of smartphones on the Chongqing subway, this one takes its inspiration from 红楼梦 (Dreams of the Red Chamber).

 

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这样能相遇吗?

 

有缘千里来相会,面对面来玩手机

 

有情人终成眷属,玩手机终成陌路。

为了自己的亲人和爱人,请合理正确使用手机。

 

It asks whether the protagonists would have met if they had had phones to play with. The second sentence is a play on a traditional Chinese saying: "有缘千里来相会, 无缘对面不相逢" (if it is fated to be then it will happen even if separated by one thousand miles, if it's not fated to be then it won't happen even if you are face to face). Instead, the second part in the adverts reads "面对面来玩手机" (side by side but playing on their phones). 

 

The first half of the third sentence is also a traditional Chinese saying: 有情人终成眷属 (if there is love between them then they will eventually become husband and wife). The second part is new and says that if they play on their mobile phones then they will remain strangers (玩手机终成陌路). It ends by exhorting the readers to use their phone responsibly (合理正确使用手机) for the sake of their loved ones (为了自己的亲人和爱人).

StChris

While travelling on the Chongqing subway last summer, I noticed a series of public adverts designed to encourage healthy use of smartphones, all based on the 四大名著 (four great works of Chinese literature). Being both a lover of the 四大名著 and a hater of smartphones, these humourous ads caught my attention enough for me to want to take a photo of each. This first one is based on 西游记 (Journey to the West).  

 

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这样还能取经吗?

 

贫僧从东土大唐而来,去往西天充电玩手机

 

取经圣僧成手机迷弟,行万里路怎忘记初心?

为了自身的梦想与目标,请合理正确使用手机。

 

It asks if the monk (贫僧/圣僧) is travelling all the way to the west just to recharge and play with his phone ("去往西天充电玩手机"). Has he forgotten his original aim (初心) of bringing back the scriptures (取经)? It ends by encouraging people to use their phones in moderation ("合理正确使用手机") in order not to be distracted from achieving their goals and dreams ("为了自身的梦想与目标").

roddy

Warning

1) What is the sign on?

2) What should you not do?

3) What is there a danger of if you do?

roddy

Wall of ads

Which of these services might you expect to get a Mickey Mouse service from? And where (you might need to strain the eyes a bit) might you expect them to get a lot of their customers from?

roddy

Cinema Tickets again

Realia collected on a recent evening out.

1) What film did we watch? Summarize the plot and explain for those of us who got confused.

2) Were these full price tickets?

3) Using a subway map and www.bjbus.com, plan a route home to the east gate of Tsinghua University.

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