More China

Tackling Qingdao’s invading algae, BBC News today:

Locals say the algae has never been so thick here – agricultural and industrial pollution are thought to be responsible.

But China, embarrassed by the most vivid proof yet of its environmental problems, says the algae is a natural occurrence, and blames the sea for being too salty, the sun for being too hot.

At a news conference earlier in the day one official suggested that algae could be good for you.

“The Japanese eat it,” she said.

There’s a problem with Engrish: When an English sentence that a Chinese or a Japanese person says has blatant grammar mistakes or very weird words, then it’s clear that he may not be communicating what he meant. But what if the grammar is correct, but the content is weird? You’ll never know.


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