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iPhone OS 3 Built-in Chinese Pinyin IME Works Poorly is a post from: Shanghai Tech Writer iPhone OS 3 Built-in Chinese Pinyin IME Works Poorly is a post from: Shanghai Tech Writer The other day, I...

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Using Google Pinyin Input Method is a post from: Shanghai Tech Writer Using Google Pinyin Input Method is a post from: Shanghai Tech Writer I use Google Pinyin IME to type Chinese characters on the...

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Moon River Art Pork on Google Maps is a post from: Shanghai Tech Writer Moon River Art Pork on Google Maps is a post from: Shanghai Tech Writer This past weekend, my husband and I went on a getaway...

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Recently, New York Times featured an article about American college graduates coming out to China for work because jobs are hard to come by in the U.S. due to the economic recession. These graduates...

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From Google Blogoscoped, a soon-to-be-married couple shared their experience in using Google Translator to translate their wedding menu from Norwegian to English. The Menu in Norwegian: Laks og...

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Originally posted by Susan at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SHTechWriter/~3/Q3BKaIZXs7I/
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image I sit with a group of technical writers at work. Every so often, we’d email or chat about funny English translations we’ve seen around Shanghai / China. It’s a great source of laughter and entertainment for an otherwise quiet and dull afternoon where everybody stares at the computer screen like a zombie digesting an earlier meal. Another source of good laughter for a comatose afternoon is Engrish.com.

One time, a colleague asked if we’ve ever heard of the song “Ken Lee” by Mariah Carey. I don’t listen to pop music so I wouldn’t know. It’s funny I should mention that the only pop concert I ever attended in my life was Mariah Carey’s first (and only) concert in Shanghai. Back in my teaching days, I often get invitations from parents to all sorts of events. One time, a parent gave me a set of Mariah Carey concert tickets. I wasn’t interested, but went anyway just to say I’ve been to a pop concert and saw Mariah Carey live.

The concert was very short and the tickets were ridiculously expensive. At least i didn’t pay for the tickets, but I was very surprised to see the stadium packed with so many Chinese fans. I don’t remember any of the songs Mariah sang during that concert, but I certainly don’t remember any songs called “Ken Lee.” So I was curious why my colleague asked about it. She told us to go home and YouTube the song. (One of these days, YouTube will be a verb in the official English dictionary.)

I looked up “Ken Lee” on YouTube and after watching it, my stomach was in pain from laughing too hard. I’ve posted the video below for your entertainment.

Note: If you live in China, YouTube is blocked and you won’t see anything. You can get your own personal VPN or use the YouTube proxy

http://www.youtube.com/v/_RgL2MKfWTo


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Originally posted by Susan at http://www.shanghaitechwriter.com/2009/04/20/ken-lee-lost-in-translation/