Monday, July 20, 2015

Diversions: Nardvark Explores Chinglish Again!

Spelling is hard. Don't even try to spell 'definitely'; you'll hurt yourself. Check here for details. 

Grammar is even harder. If you read this blog a lot, your grammar is probably improving, but not everybody has time to spend hanging out with the Nardvark.

Don't even get me started on punctuation.

So imagine how hard translating is. Spelling, plus grammar, plus punctuation, in a foreign language? It's a difficult job, but if someone sucks at it, that's ok because of the lols. So without further ado, Nardvark brings you:


Oh Steps, So Precipitous! Found in Tai Shan Mountain in China
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You gotta prevent those firs in the forest! Also Tai Shan Mountain.

Because what good are bands without the minus ion? Packet from shop in Beijing

Penetrating WHAT?! Tai Shan Mountain, China

A picture is worth a thousand translations. Tai Shan Mountain.

Tell me more about what the cookies are combined with! Cookie packet, Beijing

All about toileting in Beijing...

The best thing about it is that these people go to university to learn how to do this. Or... maybe those handy online translators are eliminating the need for education...

Read more ridiculous attempts at English here. If you have any examples of Chinglish, or other crap use of English, send it to for our next installment of "Diversions." 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Diversions: The Nardvark Explores English at its Worst

Getting less than desirable marks in English? Wish you could just pull off that 7/A*/90% like the nerdy kid in the front row? Whenever Nardvark feels this way, he just remembers: some people are even worse at English than he is. 

With that hopeful thought in mind, The Nardvark brings you... CHINGLISH! Badly worded signs found around China, painstakingly composed by Chinese sign-makers who got low marks in high-school English, for your reading pleasure! Enjoy...

Not sure if the author of these words lives in Big Ben or in British -- found on a notebook in Beijing

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This is more amusing if you read it aloud. And have a dirty mind. Beijing Subway System.

All one word! Found by Josh Zhang in Inner Mongolia

Be kind to your technological devices! Found by Josh Zhang in Inner Mongolia.

How to use sticky notes purchased in Beijing

Whose what? Also a subway stop in Beijing.