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    #1

    hear well please

    Background: Urumqi, China sees about 300 new cases of Covid-19 this week, and draconian measures are again put in place for residents there to contain the spread of the coronavirus (like the doors of their houses are shut and sealed). Governmental workers tell them by loudspeakers:

    Dear residents, hear well please:

    Stay in bed for the health of yours and mine,
    Better gain weight inside than roam outside.
    We'll break your legs if you dare go out,
    And break your teeth if you dare talk back.
    Let us trust in the party* and in the science,
    which will ensure the annihilation of the virus.

    *CPC, the governing party.

    The question here is whether "hear well please" sounds natural in English today.


    Source: My English writing practice. The original is in Chinese and from Chinese version of TikTok.

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    #2

    Re: hear well please

    It does not. There are other examples of unnatural English in the message.
    Typoman - writer of rongs

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    #3

    Re: hear well please

    Just "Please listen/hear"?

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    #4

    Re: hear well please

    Does the government really openly threaten to break people's legs if they go out?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: hear well please

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Does the government really openly threaten to break people's legs if they go out?

    I had assumed that it was satire rather than a real announcement, especially considering the racial and religious tensions in the part of China in question.
    Last edited by PeterCW; 29-Jul-2020 at 21:55.
    Retired magazine editor and native British English speaker - not a teacher

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    #6

    Re: hear well please

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Does the government really openly threaten to break people's legs if they go out?
    No. That Is the way of speaking by community or village-level officials doing work: rude yet effective.
    Last edited by GoodTaste; 30-Jul-2020 at 01:02.

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    #7

    Re: hear well please

    That was how the virus was successfully contained.

    Hear well please - listen up

    In Chinese, hear and listen are the same character
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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