In this Skeptics answer, a user provided a rough translation of a Chinese law article — from this source — about vehicles and pedestrians using Google Translate. So I thought, why don't we provide a good translation?

The Chinese article is:

第四十七条 机动车行经人行横道时,应当减速行驶;遇行人正在通过人行横道,应当停车让行。

And Google says:

Article 47 of the motor vehicle when passing a crosswalk, shall slow down traffic; when a pedestrian is crossing a crosswalk, shall stop to give.

Not the best translation, certainly. What would be a more appropriate translation?

3 Answers 3


Article 47: When a motor vehicle vehicle passes through a crosswalk, it should proceed at reduced speed; in the case when a pedestrian is crossing the crosswalk, the vehicle should stop and yield to the pedestrian.


Article 47: A motor vehicle should slow down while passing a pedestrian crossing. When a pedestrian is crossing the pedestrian crossing, one should stop to let the pedestrian pass.

  • I rolled back your answer to its first version. (If you think my edits are not valid or they change the meaning, you can do this yourself.)
    – Alenanno
    May 9, 2012 at 10:08
  • For me it didn't really matter whether "pedestrian crossing" is used or "crosswalk". I just mentioned what I originally wrote because there was a new post only because crosswalk is only used in the US. See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crosswalk_%28disambiguation%29
    – BertR
    May 9, 2012 at 10:37
  • I rolled back because it was your translation after all...
    – Alenanno
    May 10, 2012 at 9:46
  • Ok, thanks anyway. You are doing a great job here on SO.
    – BertR
    May 10, 2012 at 9:52
  • Thank you! :) You meant CL&U or SE? SO is Stack Overflow... :D
    – Alenanno
    May 10, 2012 at 9:55

clause 47: drivers of motor vehicle shall reduce their speed when approaching a pedestrian crossing, and shall bring the vehicle to a full stop where there is a pedestrian crossing.

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