Sunday, September 7, 2008


This is one from the archives. In China, we often saw public signs that were mistranslated. In the six months we were there, this was by far the most outrageous. I think what they meant to say was, "Aim High."


Andrew E. Clark said...

From my Chinese friend:

It means "Take one step forward to the civilization." The implication of it is that when you get as close as possible to the toilet to pee, you're more civilized than those who pee outside of the toilet.

So, good employ BNic, your Chinese translate skill is admiration!

Andrew E. Clark said...

Oh and I sent him a version of your photo without the engrish translation so he had to translate from scratch.

So the translation was pretty correct but the expression doesn't translate too well.