Recently, I signed up for Chinese Mandarin language lessons, one hour a week for 10 weeks. Don't worry, I had little expectation that one could master such an ancient language after so short a time. It's just a language I've always been fascinated with.
My last lesson made me smile, -a few book titles 'popped up' during the usual banter with our tutor. We should have been revising 'how to tell the time,' instead we were discussing literal translations of Chinese Mandarin to English and how amusing they were. A few riotous laughs erupted around the classroom.
Here's a few book translations that had us laughing:
Charles Dicken's Oliver Twist translates to 'An Orphan in a Foggy City.'
Daphne DuMaurier's - Rebecca transforms into 'Butterfly Dreams.'
Jane Austen's - Pride and Prejudice becomes 'Arrogant and Prejudice or as my tutor says (Preconceived Idea of Someone's character)
I also loved this sentence: I want to go to the movies - translates to 'I want to see Electric Shadows'
And lastly, our humble P.C, Computer translates to 'Electric Brain.'
If you have any English Translations that make you smile, please feel free to share them.
A/N: What are you working on this weekend? I'm super excited that we're getting our tree tomorrow - a tree decorating tea party is in order! And, I will also dive into my revisions. Happy Writing this weekend dear friends!