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By on March 24, 2009, with 59 Comments

Have you seen this advertisement by language school named Berlitz? Apparently, with their help, learning Chinese becomes more than easy! Look at the poster below. This ten-second course for example, already gave you enough knowledge to read the Chinese street signs. Subtlety is great, and it sure conveys the message. Another example can be found inside this article. Not so good place to get lost in the night is Tokyo. At the first glance, you can’t even read the neon signs. Or can you? If you like these kind of illusions, be sure to check Chinese Food Festival optical illusion.


  • Anonymous

    Come on! That’s not Chinese

  • Anonymous

    is that actually real chinese?

    • some guy

      its english on the first one just random english and on no.2 it says save more energy

  • Anonymous

    of course not

  • Vanessa

    Oh, that’s really clever- I didn’t even realize at first that it’s all in English- my favorite is MAD DOG TAVERN, it really looks like Chinese (or other Asian language, because I don’t know the difference between any of them).

    • stardragon

      Japanese looks a lot less complicated than Chinese. That language in the picture is NOT Chinese.

    • Akire

      WTF r u serious. Aiasn languages are written so differently.

  • Anonymous

    wow…look on the lower picture and there on the left side…it says:

    “save more engergy”
    pretty funny

  • me

    that’s cool. Not chinese, but cool.

  • Anonymous

    it’s really easy to spot- heh, only if ur chinese, the differnce between asian characters is easy too ^^ but lol that’s apeking from an asian point of view :P

  • NFreak007

    I’m pretty sure that font is called ‘FungFoo’. It’s also the font used in the logo of the band ‘Delirious?’. Check it out!

  • Anonymous

    there was even a sex shop

  • Cpcheats119

    Look on the 1st foto on the lower left hand side. It says…

    Sad Elephants’ Xylophone

  • Strawberry

    Pretty cool!

  • Strawberry

    My brother wants to know if that says “sex” in the back of the first picture.

  • CurlyfrySC’s Collage

    hehe I love it! So easy to read.

  • Shannon

    didnt care for this one as much as i haved liked others but is a trick to the eye at first glance.

  • Anonymous

    Good, but they spelled “hotel” wrong.

    • tilox33

      That’s ‘cos its a Hostel… not a hotel…

  • Anonymous

    Just looks like someone has messed with the fonts in photoshop no illusions there.Good idea though.

  • Anonymous

    sex shop in the back

  • Anonymous

    save more energy on the tokyo one

  • Anonymous

    That is so cool

  • Blaitus

    I really respected and enjoyed your site until today.

    How can you possibly think promoting Twitter is a good idea?

    Twitter is the gayest thing ever invented.

    It was started by nerds with no life who have no friends to listen to there boring thoughts, and now other no life loners have jumped on the bandwagon because all of sudden they think they have a million friends.

    Seriously man, think about what you are doing to your reputation.

    • stardragon

      Hey, watch it! My mom goes on Twitter, and SHE has a life!

  • Anonymous

    looks more like indian or thai …it totaly does’nt look like chinese!
    what a shame for a language school
    but nice efect!

  • anna

    Hahaha,
    anyone spotted the rude word on the far left..?

    Keep up te good work – LOVE your site!

    xx

  • Aiman Amani

    Oh, you almost fooled me!

  • Alana

    Anonymous #15,
    They didn’t spell “hotel” wrong.

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/hostel?qsrc=2888

    Does anyone see anything in the bottom picture except “save more energy”?

  • Ryan

    Haha, i have that font :]

  • Ellen

    Good one. BYW, 4 the person saying hotel is spelled wrong~~look up hostel in your dictionary.
    Thanks 4 the great site.

  • Anonymous

    Of course that’s not Chinese!!! Chinese is like this,這些才是中文字!!

  • Anonymous

    that's definatly not Chinese…i'd laugh if anyone fell for it..>.>

  • smrtkoala

    dude, that looks nothing like chinese!

  • Burn On. ~Pyro~

    To the anonymous person who said:

    “Of course that’s not Chinese!!! Chinese is like this,這些才是中文字!!”

    So right, those signs look NOTHING like Chinese. Maybe Arabic?

    • stardragon

      Arabic looks a lot prettier and graceful than those characters.

  • Duhh

    nice, burn on

  • Err

    ~Pyro~, you’ve obviously never seen Chinese letters before, first of all 這些才是中文字 IS Chinese and look NOTHING like Arabic, get out more.

    Btw, being Chinese myself, and having used fonts similar (Nippon tech etc) to them, I obviously knew it was fake.

  • wurmi

    of course it isn’t chinese

  • MOO_MOO_123

    haha one of the sign on the first picture not to far in the distance on the left says sex lol ROFL haha

    soz
    XXX

  • Jasper

    Weird… what are we looking at here?

  • Tanner Spears

    LOL that is pretty funny, if you think about it, chinese sometimes can look like that :P

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!!!

    this christmas, dont forget to put CHRIST in FRONT of christmas… <:D

  • Abrc08

    @Err I’m a chinese-filipino and I don’t think 這些才是中文字 is even a chinese word

    • a

      duh its not a word its a sentence

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pei-Wen-Lin/1373468351 Pei Wen Lin

    That’s not Chinese. o.0 This coming from a Chinese person.

  • alice

    this is like japanese cuz its not chinese cuz im chinese and I NO that chinese doesnt look like this

    • http://www.viola102a@hotmail.com somebody

      i know! im chinese too!

  • Hi

    so easy!!!!! it’s lame cuz it’s very simple!

  • sex

    Lol, I see sex on the far left center

  • superlegion

    AWW MAN! SEX ON THE FAR LEFT IN THE FIRST PIC!

  • Jessica

    Am I The Only One That Sees The Word Sex At The Very End?*First Photo left side*

  • http://www.viola102a@hotmail.com somebody

    i know what chinese looks like and this is definetly not chinese! who wants to see real chinese?if you want to just tell me!

  • craphead

    this is fucking racist. i’m chinese and this does not make sense

    • Harper

      It’s NOT supposed to “make sense” or be racist…it’s supposed to trick the eye of the american looking at it…that is all! Hence “OPTICAL ILLUSION.” Give em grace and take two deep breaths…:*

  • Suor de Sapo

    When I was a teenage, I wrote my name like this and show to my friends saying, hey! I know how to write chinese, and then they asked what was written and they were very surprised when I explained the trick behind it. It’s great to see that I wasn’t the only one with the same idea.

  • choppin

    this is japanese not chinese

  • M.S.

    Tokyo is in Japan and those characters looks more like Japanese characters than Chinese! Asia is a big continent with 48 countries. Buy a globe or a map & learn something!

  • stardragon

    I don’t have a drop of Chinese blood in me and I knew straightaway that this was not Chinese. I know because I used to be NUTS about Asian culture. I don’t know Asian languages, but I spent weeks seeing the characters EVERYWHERE every time I saw an ancient piece of Chinese art.

  • Akire

    Dude if u have any knowledge of Asia, u can clearly see that its supposed to look like Japanese and I’m offended that u think its Chinese. I’m Chinese ok

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