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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.

Learn Chinese the Easy Way with Berlitz
Learn Chinese the Easy Way with Berlitz

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59 Responses
  1. Anonymous says:

    Come on! That’s not Chinese

  2. Anonymous says:

    is that actually real chinese?

  3. Anonymous says:

    of course not

  4. Vanessa says:

    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).

  5. Anonymous says:

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

    “save more engergy”
    pretty funny

  6. me says:

    that’s cool. Not chinese, but cool.

  7. Anonymous says:

    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

  8. NFreak007 says:

    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!

  9. Anonymous says:

    there was even a sex shop

  10. Cpcheats119 says:

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

    Sad Elephants’ Xylophone

  11. Strawberry says:

    Pretty cool!

  12. Strawberry says:

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

  13. CurlyfrySC's Collage says:

    hehe I love it! So easy to read.

  14. Shannon says:

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

  15. Anonymous says:

    Good, but they spelled “hotel” wrong.

  16. Anonymous says:

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

  17. Anonymous says:

    sex shop in the back

  18. Anonymous says:

    save more energy on the tokyo one

  19. Anonymous says:

    That is so cool

  20. Blaitus says:

    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.

  21. Anonymous says:

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

  22. anna says:

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

    Keep up te good work – LOVE your site!

    xx

  23. Aiman Amani says:

    Oh, you almost fooled me!

  24. Alana says:

    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”?

  25. Ryan says:

    Haha, i have that font :]

  26. Ellen says:

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

  27. Anonymous says:

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

  28. Anonymous says:

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

  29. smrtkoala says:

    dude, that looks nothing like chinese!

  30. Burn On. ~Pyro~ says:

    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?

  31. Duhh says:

    nice, burn on

  32. Err says:

    ~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.

  33. wurmi says:

    of course it isn’t chinese

  34. MOO_MOO_123 says:

    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

  35. Jasper says:

    Weird… what are we looking at here?

  36. Tanner Spears says:

    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

  37. Abrc08 says:

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

  38. Pei Wen Lin says:

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

  39. alice says:

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

  40. Hi says:

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

  41. sex says:

    Lol, I see sex on the far left center

  42. superlegion says:

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

  43. Jessica says:

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

  44. somebody says:

    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!

  45. craphead says:

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

    • Harper says:

      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…:*

  46. Suor de Sapo says:

    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.

  47. choppin says:

    this is japanese not chinese

  48. M.S. says:

    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!

  49. stardragon says:

    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.

  50. Akire says:

    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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