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The danger of relying on automated translation (and why Fool’s Mountain is better):

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  1. July 6th, 2008 at 22:29 | #1

    This is funny.

  2. July 7th, 2008 at 06:14 | #2

    A credit would have been nice.

  3. Buxi
    July 7th, 2008 at 06:16 | #3

    @Liuzhou Laowai,

    Is that yours? I came across it on MITBBS as an attachment to a post, no link.

  4. Ha
    July 7th, 2008 at 10:46 | #4

    Well, maybe they can touch up the sign, and call it “Food server”.

  5. Samfu
    July 7th, 2008 at 12:24 | #5

    About credits, I can help you : IT’S MINE !!! I first posted it on facebook, then people apparently spread it around.
    Taken on a stop along Beijing-Taiyuan expressway in June 2008.

    And, oh, yes, that’s 50 bucks to use it. Need any additional info?

  6. yo
    July 7th, 2008 at 14:30 | #6

    Excellent, and very true. Buxi, you guys should market out your site if you are getting the traffic. A couple of ads here and there to get some money on the side.

  7. Buxi
    July 7th, 2008 at 14:53 | #7

    Small world, thanks Samfu!

    I’m pretty sure Samfu is joking. But then again.. these are entrepreneurial days. Worst case, I’ll have to go into paint and draw my own artistic interpretation of the above image. 🙂

    As far as ads… I don’t think anyone will thank us for it! And if money was the goal, I’d just stop blogging and get more productive at work. 🙂

  8. Opersai
    July 8th, 2008 at 21:54 | #8

    …. I didn’t get it. How did restaurant got translated into “translation server error”?

  9. July 9th, 2008 at 06:26 | #9

    I would guess someone was trying to translate online, and the translator had a glitch, and the someone thought the error message was the translation.

  10. Opersai
    July 9th, 2008 at 19:07 | #10


    Thanks for the explanation. That’s probably what happened.

  11. Thue
    July 16th, 2008 at 07:28 | #11

    Samfu: How about donating the picture to Wikipedia under for example a Creativ Commons attributions licence? It would be great to have the picture at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Engrish

  12. vanti
    August 7th, 2008 at 21:34 | #12

    @Samfu Im pretty sure that was a joke since if you posted it on facebook… well then you gave away the copyright..

  13. November 20th, 2008 at 04:39 | #13


  14. Woah
    December 4th, 2008 at 09:09 | #14

    No joke, this is my friends families restaurant. They were translating English to Chinese and this came up for their restaurant. I didn’t think it was this popular!

  15. cwxwwwxwwxwx
    December 23rd, 2008 at 01:18 | #15

    well, hi admin adn people nice forum indeed. how’s life? hope it’s introduce branch 😉

  16. ;)
    March 26th, 2009 at 10:42 | #16

    wow, this is epic!!

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