Lost in Translation

This is an actual menu from a Chinese restaurant. The english translations are “correct” but done word for word which is not typically how it is done. I think the translator is the same guy that does english subtitles on some of the VCD movies I’ve seen here in Singapore. Cracks me up.(click on the picture to enlarge)



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6 Comments on “Lost in Translation”

  1. 225712012 Says:

    we have a very similar language here in taiwan. It’s called ‘chinglish’ and seems to be a word-for-word translation of chinese provided by those crap electronic dictionaries that are innaccurate at the best of times. my personal favourites are the slogans on the sides of the scooters here that say things like ‘manboy; the speedy snail clan frequents the city jengle (sic)’
    i have wiled away many an hour reading these nonsensical mottos as i sit in an outside cafe.

  2. Venitha Says:

    LOL. So what did you order? I’d have a hard time resisting the frog gruel myself. =)

  3. Mickell Says:

    Ha, ha, ha… 😀 We wouldn’t have so much fun laughing over such translations done by Chinese-educated restaurant operators doing word-for-word Chinese to English translation, if their standard of English isn’t so appalling ;p

  4. Left of Center Says:

    Pardon me, but does the “Butter many privates” come with fish silk or salt chin?

  5. expatbrian Says:

    Actually, I think the Butter Many Privates includes Idea Powder with an option for a side of Frog Gruel.

  6. Paddy Tan Says:

    How did you get it out from the place? Hee… it sure cracks me up reading those direct translated words.

    Lost in Translation. 🙂


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