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Meanings lost in translation

2011-06-10 03:14:12 GMT2011-06-10 11:14:12(Beijing Time)  China Daily

A native English speaker from the United States, who gave his name only as Paul, shows the correct translation of a sign at a scenic spot in Qinhuangdao, North China's Hebei province, June 9, 2011. Paul, who teaches English in the city, was invited by local authorities to help correct translations on the streets that he found wrong or misleading. [Photo/Xinhua]

An American English teacher in Qinhuangdao points to an inaccurate translation outside the ticket office of a scenic spot in North China's Hebei province, June 9, 2011. [Photo/Asianewsphoto]

An English teacher in Qinhuangdao shows his American translation of a sign for a parking lot in North China's Hebei province, June 9, 2011. [Photo/Asianewsphoto]

Paul, a native English speaker from the United States, points to a puzzling translation outside a bookstore in Qinhuangdao, North China's Hebei province, June 9, 2011. [Photo/Asianewsphoto]

Paul, a native English speaker from the United States, points to a confusing translation at a supermarket in Qinhuangdao, North China's Hebei province, June 9, 2011. [Photo/Asianewsphoto]

A native English speaker from the United States, who gave his name only as Paul, was asked by local authoriteis to help correct translation of signs on the streets that he found wrong or misleading in Qinhuangdao, North China's Hebei province. Paul teaches English in the city.

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