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Lost in Translation: Fire warnings become funny Chinese English signs

by Jun 16, 2016Humor

Funny Chinese English translation fails are legendary, inspiring countless online spoofs, digital highlights, humor books and, yes, even plays. You don’t have to spend more than a few hours in China before funny Chinese English signs and translations begin to leap out at you resulting in raised eyebrows, giggles, smiles, and even outbursts of laughter. And while we were told by a local that there was an official Chinese government office in charge of vetting and approving English translations, its staff apparently needs to spend more time actually learning English rather than how to work Google Translate.

These funny Chinese English signs with fire instructions, below, marks the first in a series of posts on funny Chinese English translation fails. Be sure to check out our other posts in this series: Lost in Translation: Funny Chinese English instructions in hotels and Lost in Translation: Funny Chinese English on warning signs.

Funny Chinese English signs show a bizarre translation for a fire warning sign

We are pretty sure that this funny Chinese sign was trying to warn people to stay out. On the other hand, perhaps it was insisting we needed to go in.

Funny Chinese English signs indicate you do not want to go left in a fire apparently.

For our non-British readers, a lift is an elevator. We’re quite positive the hotel was trying to tell us not to use the lift (elevator) in case of fire. But, since going left would have taken us out a window, perhaps it really was trying to tell us not to go left?

Chinese English signs show where everyone needs a fire prohibiter.

Never mind the lovely Kumbaya campfire graphic, which is strangely out of place on this building sign about no fires. What we are most excited about is this alleged great invention of a fire prohibiter; most places just have a fire extinguisher.

Funny Chinese English signs indicates you first need to bring that fire extinguisher in the instructions.

Loving the step-by-step guide (on the lid of the box containing fire extinguishers so you can’t possibly read it once the lid is open) that starts with “Bring fire extinguishers.” We can struggle through the rest of this until step four, where we are still trying to decipher what “root bursts” are. Anyone?

Funny Chinese English signs you do not want to misappropriate the fire equipment.

A classic in this compilation of funny Chinese English signs. Take it from us: If your fire equipment box ever starts misappropriating, it is time to seek professional help, even if it is allowed. or allowrd.

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