Sunday, August 5, 2007

Wired Magazine - Does anyone here speak English?

I was reading August 2007 issue of Wired magazine on my flight from Chicago to Montreal today.

In page 117, there is a small piece about "Say 3 essential sentences, phonetically, in French, Spanish, and Mandarin".

Wired Magazine, August 2007 Issue, Page 117

Although the Mandarin phonetics for the first two sentences are correct, the last one is not.

"Yo ren hway shooah jong gooah hwa mah?"

Actually means "does anyone here speaks Chinese?"

The correct sentence should be (in pinyin):

yǒu rén huì shuō yīng guó huà ma?


Update: Aug. 5, 2007 - Emailed Wired magazine ( regarding the error, I don't know if they will do anything about it.

Update: Aug. 16, 2007 - Wired emailed me back stating they are considering to publish my letter either in print or on their website.

Update: Sep. 30, 2007 - Wired magazine has printed a correction in their Oct. 2007 issue.

Wired Magazine / Oct. 2007 / Re: Loss & Translation

Wired Magazine / Oct. 2007 / Undo