"Please wait patiently for the failure of the system"

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From Andrea Mazzucchi:

Wàiguó rén lái Huá gōngzuò xǔkě xìtǒng gùzhàng, qǐng nàixīn děngdài


"The work permit system for foreigners in China is malfunctioning, please wait patiently"

Lots of things are malfunctioning in China nowadays.

Selected readings


  1. S Frankel said,

    May 15, 2022 @ 7:47 am

    cc: Microsoft. That's a good candidate for a Windows error message.

  2. Cervantes said,

    May 15, 2022 @ 7:58 am

    Easy to see how this happened. "For" can mean 'because of" in some constructions.

  3. Luke said,

    May 15, 2022 @ 9:22 am

    Task failed successfully.

  4. Jonathan Smith said,

    May 15, 2022 @ 7:42 pm

    Machine translation on only the 2nd line 系统故障,请耐心等待; there is no word "for" or "because" but 'system error' 系统故障 is certainly interpretable as object preposed as topic by idiots, er, machines

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