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Ever seen this (Engrish Inside)?

Outright hilarious

TJ Haeser
Tuesday, December 9, 2003

The Japanese love English, you'll find some written on just about every product because it looks cool.

Problem is, very few Japanese actually master the language, even after studying it for a long time, sometimes since primary school.

More Engrish:

Frederic Faure
Tuesday, December 9, 2003

The Japanese used the word 'type' a lot a few years back, but they've got bored of that now. I remember I could buy 'stick-type chocolate' and have 'this is a new-type --' emblazoned on many a food.

Joel Goodwin
Tuesday, December 9, 2003

To Engrish should be added the issue of writing English words in Japanese, considering that Japaneses has much fewer phonems.

We scratched our head for a while when we saw "First food" at the caf' (what's second?).

"First" and "fast" are both rended as faasuto :-)

Frederic Faure
Tuesday, December 9, 2003

I tore apart a VCR in a futile attempt to repair the tape caddy.  Inside was a sticker that I will NEVER forget...

Unplug complete pressing the power two times and avoid a large occurrence.

Tuesday, December 9, 2003

This is what you get treated to if you try to upgrade your LG CD-RW drive's firmware. ( > DEVICE DRIVER > CD-RW > second page > GCC-4320B model, bottom of the page)

"1.You have to Combo drive connect to secondary master alone.
2.Don't touch while F/ware upgrading
3.If it happen to problem when you upgrade to F/ware,it is that your responsibility.
Because of you are mistake F/Ware upgrade
Therefore you must be care for F/Ware upgrade"

TJ Haeser
Tuesday, December 9, 2003

How about T-shirts with "Speod" written on them?

And how about the Panasoanic brand phones?

LOL! :)

Tuesday, December 9, 2003

Some of the "Engrish" examples are funny, especially the product adverts. However, the examples where Japanese people try to speak English and make mistakes is not funny. These people are trying to speak our language, and we make fun of them?!?

Tuesday, December 9, 2003

i wouldn't worry about making fun. i lived in japan for a year and the most common response to a gaijin trying to speak japanese is to laugh in your face. reciprocal jibing isn't a big deal.

Tuesday, December 9, 2003

But then, speaking Japanese to a Japanese is not necessarily seen positively either, as doing so reminds them how pathetic English classes are in Japan. Start speaking Japanese... and you will be met with complete and embarassed silence.

So is the life of a gaijin in Japan :-)

Frederic Faure
Tuesday, December 9, 2003

But the real question is, when is Joel going to add Engrish to his list of translations?

Any volunteers?

Deck the harrs with boughs of horry, fra ra ra ra ra, ra ra ra ra. Tis the season to be jorry, ra rar ra ra ra, ra ra ra ra.

Tuesday, December 9, 2003

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