[quote=“Chris”]In my line of work, I often come across doozies like this. I correct them. But all too often my corrections are re-corrected back into Chinglish. We editor/translators eventually just have to accept that high-powered, face-conscious locals know more about English than we educated native speakers do.
Yesterday I was asked to correct a paper, written by a native English speaker, that a client said was “Chinglish”. The client had not specified what parts of the paper were wrong. I read the entire paper. There was nothing “Chinglish” about it.[/quote]
Hey dude, get out of my life!
I probably lost NT$5 mil in side jobs from that exact scenario before I wised up and quit taking corporate editing gigs.
Actual literal transcript of a conversation w/ a client (who, naturally, was clinging tenuously to her management position because she had convinced her non-English speaking boss that she was the shit at English)
I am not making any of this up
HER: We need you to do another revision of this report.
ME: OK, uh, what’s the problem?
HER: There are a lot of grammar mistakes in it.
ME:(trying hard to not get shirty, but only partially succeeding) Okaaaay, ah, gee, I thought I gave it a pretty thorough going-over, uh, can you tell me where the problems are?
HER: Well…everywhere, really, just the…the grammar in the whole document is a lot of…problems.
ME: OK, can you tell me which parts? Because, you know, I can’t just…I mean, I did revise it a lot already…
HER: OK, well…OK, here on the first page, it says “Compliance with regulations is of prime importance to the firm.”…as I know it, this sentence is wrong.
ME: (stunned silence, then finally) Uh…like…how?
HER: I’m not the writer, you’re the writer!
ME: Uh, yesssss, that’s right…uh, hang on a second, please…
I walk over to the wall and slam my head into it repeatedly for about 3 minutes
ME: Hi! I’m back! OK, can you tell me the other parts you think need work?
HER: No, I’ve only read the first page.
I start looking for something harder and sharper than the wall
ME: So you’ve only read the first page?
HER: That’s right.
ME: And that one sentence is your only problem on the first page…
HER: That’s right.
ME: And you want me to revise the whole 85 page report because there are grammar problems through the whole thing, is that right?
I stop after jamming the pencil into only one eye, reasoning that I’ll need the other one to find some Drano to drink.
ME: No problem, I have to go now.
I waited until the next day and sent it back untouched, saying I’d spent 7 hours on it.
Next day, the designer who was subcontracting me called, not only was she nearly in tears because she was going to lose this bigass contract, she was docking my pay for work already done.