For today’s translation challenge I’m going to give a description of ten different kinds of people you might see on the streets and I want you to see how many you can work out the names for in both English and Chinese. The answers are provided at the end of this full post.
Some different kinds of people you might see on the street:
1. You see someone wearing a yellow hardhat and vest and digging a hole in the side of the road.
2. You see someone lying by the side of the road sleeping alone.
3. You see someone near a stall shouting about some “bargain” watches they are selling.
4. You see someone playing guitar to a crowd of onlookers.
5. You see someone holding a big sign with angry writing on it.
6. You see someone wearing a police uniform who is supervising the crowd.
7. You see someone sweeping the ground to get rid of dust and rubbish.
8. You see someone waving prepaid tickets in the air for a concert being performed nearby.
9. You see someone with a big camera taking shots of a famous person getting out of a taxi.
10. You see someone sitting on the ground asking for money.
1. English: construction worker. Chinese: 建筑工人 jiànzhù gōngrén
2. English: homeless person or vagrant (formal). Chinese: 流浪汉 liúlànghàn, 游民 yóumín, 无业游民wúyè yóumín or 无家可归者 wújiākěguīzhě (formal)
3. English: hawker, peddler or street vendor (US). Chinese: 小贩 xiǎofàn, 攤販 tānfàn or 路邊攤 lùbiāntān
4. English: street performer or busker. Chinese: 街头艺人 jiētóu yìrén or 街头表演者 jiētóu biǎoyǎnzhě
5. English: protester or demonstrator. Chinese: 示威者 shìwēizhě
6. English: police officer or cop (informal). Chinese: 警官 jǐngguān, 警察 jǐngchá or 警員 jǐngyuán
7. English: (street) cleaner. Chinese: 清洁工 qīngjiégōng or 清道夫 qīngdàofū
8. English: scalper. Chinese: 黄牛 huángniú
9. English: paparazzo (note: plural is paparazzi). Chinese: 狗仔队 gǒuzǎiduì
10. English: beggar. Chinese: 乞丐 qǐgài
So tell me, how many did you manage to get, in both languages?