你们几个人分着吃这道菜 – 请用英语翻译

Singapore has a bilingual educational policy. I grew up learning 2 languages. English as the main medium of instruction and Mandarin as my mother tongue. I was fairly good in both and even dabble in a little translation.

So, when I saw the following attempt (voted as Best Answer) to translate simple conversational phrases in Chinese to English in 百度知道 (equivalent in Yahoo Answers), I was amused.


The quality of the BEST ANSWER was quite scary. Let me show it here together with an alternative translation.


Chinese   Text

百度知道’s Best   Answer

My   translation

你们几个人分着吃这道菜。


You eat   this dish with a few people pm.

Share this   dish amongst yourselves.

我能帮你把东西收了吗?


I can help   you put things you collected.

Can I help   you keep these?

这个餐厅烟味好大阿。

A good big   smoke this restaurant.

This   restaurant reeks of smoke.


我能帮你把餐盘收了吗?

I can help   you receive the right plate.

Can I help   you keep these plates?

你在哪里?

Where are   you?

Where are   you?

这道菜几个人吃?

Where did   you eat this dish a few people.

How big is   the portion [of this dish]?