Mandarin Chinese (#10)

Recorded in Tiananmen Square.

Below the video are two transcripts: one conversational, one literal. Even though the literal transcript sounds broken and strange to native English speakers, it is correct in China.



Translation:
Do you want to eat lunch with me later?

No, I don't want to eat lunch with you later. I want to eat lunch now, but I don't want to eat lunch with you. Goodbye.

Literal translation:
You want, later, along with me, eat lunch, yes or no?

No, I don't want, later, along with you, eat lunch. I want, now, eat lunch, but I don't want, along with you, eat lunch. Goodbye.