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McDonald's Hmong billboard misses mark
upi ^ | Sept. 3, 2012

Posted on 09/03/2012 8:23:00 AM PDT by JoeProBono

ST. PAUL, Minn.- U.S. fast-food giant McDonald's apparent first attempt to use billboards to advertise its breakfasts to Hmong-Americans has left it with egg on its face.

Two billboards written in the Hmong language went up this past week in St. Paul, Minn., home to a large portion of the United States' Hmong immigrant population.

They read: "Yuavtxhawbpabraukojsawv yuavntxivzograukoj mus."

It's meant to be Hmong for "Coffee gets you up, breakfast gets you going." But the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Saturday some Hmong say the phrasing is awkward and words are run together.

"It sounds weird in Hmong because we don't really talk like that," Bruce Thao, 28, of St. Paul said. "Either way, there should definitely be spaces in between those words."

Dr. Thai Lee, a former chief resident at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul, said while he thinks "it's great" mainstream businesses are becoming aware of the Hmong community, he's not keen on a fast-food company pushing menus not considered the healthiest.

As for the billboard's wording? It's a run-on sentence, he said.

"The text is also wrong, missing key breaks in the language," Thai Lee said. "As it stands right now, it doesn't make sense at all."


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Education; Food; Society
KEYWORDS: hmong
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1 posted on 09/03/2012 8:23:04 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

Bite the wax tadpole!


2 posted on 09/03/2012 8:24:31 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: JoeProBono
They tried.

Racist if you do, racist if you don't.

3 posted on 09/03/2012 8:25:36 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: JoeProBono
Too funny. Here's a crazy idea: Seeing as they're in the U.S., how about expecting them to know English?

Nah, forget it. Like I said, a crazy idea.

4 posted on 09/03/2012 8:27:38 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Joe Brower

No, of course you can’t anticipate them learning English. We have to be liberal. Being liberal means we have to learn Hmong so we don’t hurt their self esteem.


5 posted on 09/03/2012 8:32:26 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Dilbert San Diego

You’re doing it wrong:

“No, ofcourseyoucan’tanticipatethemlearningEnglish. Wehavetobeliberal. BeingliberalmeanswehavetolearnHmongsowedon’thurttheirself esteem”


6 posted on 09/03/2012 8:35:22 AM PDT by Rebelbase (The most transparent administration ever is clear as mud.)
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To: Rebelbase

LOL, right on. Let’s have run on sentences and not have spaces between words. That will show how sensitive we are about the Hmong language. (sarcasm)


7 posted on 09/03/2012 8:37:57 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: JoeProBono

Hmong spelling bees must last one round or less.


8 posted on 09/03/2012 8:40:35 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Maybe there’s just a bit too much caffeine in the coffee


9 posted on 09/03/2012 8:42:07 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Hopey changey Low emission unicorns and a crap sandwich)
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To: JoeProBono

Yuavwasjokuarbpbwahxtv!!!!


10 posted on 09/03/2012 8:49:43 AM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: Joe Brower

Most Hmong I know are very fluent in English, I suggest the real idiots are the ones working for McBlue Slime advertising.


11 posted on 09/03/2012 8:51:56 AM PDT by OldGoatCPO
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To: JoeProBono

Now I know where Hmongous comes from and why.


12 posted on 09/03/2012 8:55:55 AM PDT by duckman (Dr Ben Carlson: Vision Not Division.)
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To: JoeProBono

What the hell is a Hmong American? We have continents....African Americans.....nations.......Mexican Americans......now tribes? What a crock.


13 posted on 09/03/2012 8:57:09 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: cripplecreek

I assume you’re not expressing solidarity with jelly doughnuts or experiencing erotic desire for Polish people.

Democrat greatest hits all, from JFK and Jimmah respectively.


14 posted on 09/03/2012 9:01:18 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: JoeProBono

15 posted on 09/03/2012 9:02:14 AM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo, being wily, pities the fool.)
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To: JoeProBono
surprised the Yards would even eat there...
16 posted on 09/03/2012 9:02:59 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: duckman

That’s the kind of humor you want to keep Hmong friends.


17 posted on 09/03/2012 9:04:06 AM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: Dilbert San Diego

We got quite a few Hmong around here. They learn English and do well. Local banks hire a few to communicate with the older ones.


18 posted on 09/03/2012 9:07:01 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Tyrannies demand immense sacrifices of their people to produce trifles.-Marquis de Custine)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree
Hmong spelling bees must last one round or less.

Awesome wit and humor; this is why I am here on FreeRepublic.

19 posted on 09/03/2012 9:07:52 AM PDT by Castlebar
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To: OldGoatCPO
"I suggest the real idiots are the ones working for McBlue Slime advertising."

I would concur with this statement, whether or not the target market can speak English or not. By catering to the use of foreign languages, these panderers enable and to an extent encourage immigrants to not assimilate, with native language being but one (albeit extremely important) aspect.

20 posted on 09/03/2012 9:08:14 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: cripplecreek

progress continues and marches on tonight, tonight i turn out my light and dream of vitamins and haircuts and genetic delight last week I was working in my kitchen when oddly I discovered cold fusion, so I wrote down the process on the back of my hand. next time when the recipe repeated I still thought that something else was needed cause texture and flavor were still quite bland. I dreamt I was swimming in the ocean and came face to face with a blue whale. It frightened me the size that it would grow. I found my purpose, I must prevent this, before he hurts us. bite the wax tadpole.


21 posted on 09/03/2012 9:11:35 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: blueunicorn6

Just what we need, another hyphenated special interest group.

If “Hmong-Americans” didn’t exist, Democrats and their crony capitalist friends would have to invent them -— just so they could pander to them.

Idiots.


22 posted on 09/03/2012 9:13:03 AM PDT by Walrus (Restoring America starts today! Let's roll!)
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To: bigheadfred

23 posted on 09/03/2012 9:16:44 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

McDonald’s trying to appeal to the Hmong, you say? When did McD’s start offering dog and cat burgers, anyway?


24 posted on 09/03/2012 9:20:32 AM PDT by catnipman ((Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!))
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To: JoeProBono
The Hmong held the Dalai Lama hostage when he was a child??? Oh the huge manatee!!!

MickeyD's just stepped in it bigtime.

25 posted on 09/03/2012 9:32:19 AM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: JoeProBono

Should have stuck with well known translations like:

Bite the Wax Tadpole (Coca-Cola, in Chinese)

Eat Your Fingers Off (KFC, in Chinese)

Pepsi brings your ancestors back from the grave (apocryphal, Pepsi-Cola, in Chinese)(or maybe “zombie apocryphal”, I suppose)

So, I suppose that, “Coffeegetsyouupbreakfastgets yougoing”, isn’t too bad, just indicative of *really* strong coffee.


26 posted on 09/03/2012 9:34:50 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: bigheadfred

And isn’t that little Barry Soetoro just to the left of the Ocean of Wisdom?!?


27 posted on 09/03/2012 9:37:54 AM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: JoeProBono

Americans could learn a lot from the Hmong. Freedom really means something to these heroic people.


28 posted on 09/03/2012 9:38:37 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: humblegunner

29 posted on 09/03/2012 9:40:42 AM PDT by Focault's Pendulum
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To: JoeProBono

30 posted on 09/03/2012 9:42:20 AM PDT by Focault's Pendulum
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To: Fightin Whitey

I don’t think so. The Hmong wouldn’t put up with BS for one second.


31 posted on 09/03/2012 9:49:39 AM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: Castlebar
Hey, thanks. You are very kind. We have a daily (Monday-Friday) thread here on FreeRepublic called Word for the Day where, in addition to improving our vocabulary, we make up puns, limericks, double entendres, etc. A good time is had by all. I am the Wednesday class "teacher," but the class is in good hands any day you might stop by.
32 posted on 09/03/2012 10:02:50 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms.)
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To: JoeProBono
The US trained Hmong soldiers for the so called secret war in Laos, and these brave anti-communist mountain people fought the North Viet Army, VC and the Pathet Lao, helping block th Ho Chi Minh trail inside Laos (which was supplying the VC in Vietnam, N and S) and rescuing downed American pilots.

The Hmong people earned a special place in the hearts of American combat soldiers because of their strong support for the United States. The VC and NVA were quite scared of them (not unlike reactions to Gurkhas). Their role was a secret in the early stages and they made a huge sacrifice to help the US. 18,000 of their soldiers were killed in battle before 1969, and more than 100,000 Hmong were killed by the time the U.S. made the decision to pull out of Vietnam.

Assimilation in the US has been difficult for them, being mountain people (independent minded, like our mountain folk) thanks to morons here who do not know the debt we owe them. And now this idiotic advertising. Did McD's even consider getting someone who spoke Hmong to compose the ad or did they go to some school or the internet?

33 posted on 09/03/2012 10:02:53 AM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: JoeProBono

My hovercraft is full of eels.


34 posted on 09/03/2012 10:24:04 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: JoeProBono

Probably the same guy who came up with twoallbeefpattiesspecialsaucelettucecheesepicklesonionsonasesameseedbun (can’t believe I’m the first!)


35 posted on 09/03/2012 10:31:00 AM PDT by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: John S Mosby
Assimilation in the US has been difficult for them, being mountain people (independent minded, like our mountain folk) thanks to morons here who do not know the debt we owe them.

Do we owe them a debt, or did we simply have a common enemy?

36 posted on 09/03/2012 10:31:00 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: IronJack

37 posted on 09/03/2012 10:32:29 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Moltke

HoldthePicklesHoldtheLettuceSpecialOrdersDon’tUpsetUs


38 posted on 09/03/2012 10:45:37 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Moonman62

Communism- yes. This is not unlike the fierce loyalty of the Filipino guerillas against the Japanese. They and their descendants are our allies against islamofascists and communists, both. The loss generationally is because the children of the Hmong are subject to the same sick democrap media and lies that has created our current society of “gimmees”


39 posted on 09/03/2012 11:30:22 AM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: JoeProBono
I see what they did there...

Cheers!

40 posted on 09/03/2012 12:43:50 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: JoeProBono

The same people who tried to market the Chevy Nova in Latin countries.....”No va” in Spanish means “don’t go.”


41 posted on 09/03/2012 12:47:22 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: grey_whiskers

42 posted on 09/03/2012 1:01:22 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: dfwgator

Tonto means “fool” in Spanish


43 posted on 09/03/2012 1:03:55 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: IronJack

“Drop your panties, Sir William; I cannot wait until lunchtime!”


44 posted on 09/03/2012 1:05:54 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: JoeProBono

45 posted on 09/03/2012 1:13:36 PM PDT by workerbee (June 28, 2012 -- 9/11 From Within)
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To: JoeProBono

Maybe Mcdonalds should just stick with pictures on their billboard.


46 posted on 09/03/2012 1:48:19 PM PDT by HP8753 (Live Free!!!! .............or don't.)
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To: HP8753

47 posted on 09/03/2012 2:00:24 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Focault's Pendulum

There was a McDonald’s near where I lived in Raleigh, NC, that had a sign that was supposed to say “Now Hiring One Closer” but instead said (for a LONG time) “Now Hiring One Loser”.


48 posted on 09/03/2012 2:02:03 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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49 posted on 09/03/2012 2:20:37 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum
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To: OldGoatCPO
I live in “Frogtown” the part of St Paul where most of the Hmong have moved to. None of my neighbors speak English and rely on their teenage kids to translate. This includes 2nd and 3rd generation immigrants.
50 posted on 09/04/2012 8:40:06 AM PDT by Docbarleypop
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