Thursday, August 27, 2009
Shanghai seeks end to 'Chinglish':
The authorities in the Chinese city of Shanghai are starting a campaign to try to spot and correct badly phrased English on signs in public places.
Chinglish, as the inaccurate use of the language is known, has long been a source of embarrassment for the authorities there.
It is also a source of amusement to foreign visitors.
But Shanghai wants to spruce up its image. It is expecting millions of visitors for the World Expo fair.
Student volunteers will check the English on signs throughout the city.
If they suspect the translation is less than accurate they will inform the government. Then the bureaucrats will request that whoever is responsible corrects the mistake.