Lost in Translation: Fire warnings become funny Chinese English signs
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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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