By Bridget O’Donnell
Image credit: James Griffiths.
File this under “Amazing things we just stumbled upon”: An English Learning Guide from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Daily. The guide, which appears to have been online since 2003, contains hundreds of useful phrases a soldier would ever want to say in English, from common reactions to finding weapons to interrogating Prisoners of War. Sadly, the juicier bits (eg ‘The Question of Taiwan’) seem to be offline.
Now class, repeat after me…
8. You are an officer, aren’t you?
31. You are welcome to our barracks.40. The air-conditioner is working.42. There is a map of the world on the wall.
67. You are defeated!71. We treat POWs well.81. Don’t die for nothing!82. Security of your life will be guaranteed!92. What do you hope now?104. Do you know our lenient policy towards POWs?105. The chief criminals shall be punished without fail.108. Be lenient towards those who confess their crimes.109. Severely punish those who refuse to do so.
170. Oh, so many weapons. Great!183. Look, there is so much ammunition.187. We saw this kind of missiles on TV.191. Have you seen spy planes, helicopters and space shuttles?
277. The net warfare by computer has no “front line”.282. Adopting civilian inventions for military use as weapons has not been unusual.283. With a computer one can attack a website in country A from country B.284. And he can make it look like the attack came from country C.288. By 2002, the U.S. Air Force will be short of two-thirds of captains in high-tech specialties.
…and again with the Internet (geeze, obsessed much guys?):
350. The Internet is a powerful tool in open societies.351. You can get any information from the Internet.352. 80% of people are using e-mail in near future.353. What happens to us when postman disappears.354. Anyway, telegram has been past.
Deep insights on “Two Kinds of Military Training,” whatever that means:
447. We can see warships sailing on the sea.448. We can see fighters soaring in the sky.449. But you can’t see the shuttles traveling through the space.
767. Can you play battle games online.768. The methods are similar to those in the battle labs.769. However, you must have the super computers.
780. The mass media are developing in a daunting speed.781. Newly developed computer and digital communication technologies enable any one to communication freely.782. You cannot control their free communications in a traditional way.
785. They belong to the top secret.