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‘Ninja’ really is invisible ninja

June 12, 2013

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Probably the world’s only online explanation on the correct Chinese translation for the Japanese word "ninja."

The Economist: ‘Why so little Chinese in English?’

June 7, 2013

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The Economist asks why English has so little Chinese in it. I ask why Chinese has near-zero English. I think my question is more heavyweight than The Economist's.

FAIL: Literalism, lost in translation, literally

May 13, 2012

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HERE ARE TWO EXAMPLES from a few hours ago that show the typical bungled literalism that is starting to overpower translation work here in this part of the world. Translators! Pay attention! Class is in session! * * * Exhibit A This is an original Chinese-language book and not a translated work. It is one of […]

English vs. Chinese as lingua franca

May 8, 2011

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This blog is about English, but sometimes it is worthwhile to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. ‘Why Mandarin won’t ever be our lingua franca’ http://www.sinoglot.com/blog/2011/05/04/lingua-franca/#comment-6403 That post on Sinoglot itself is pretty humdrum but nothing objectionable. It says: Mandarin radio broadcasts now cancelled by the BBC BBC keeps its Cantonese […]

‘Add oil’ is lingo spillage

September 4, 2010

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Why the Chinglish "add oil" used for encouragement is pointless linguistic oil spillage.

Picking tenses

September 2, 2010

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English tenses are not for picking on a whim. You just can't pick and use any ole' tense to use just because you're too much of a dumbferk to realise you're doin' it wrong.