Over the years I have received a large number of photos of the classic Chinglish sign “Don’t Fall Down” – found in the Forbidden City in Beijing, China. The sign is funny on its own, but everyone has their own unique take on it:
The traditional “I was here” photo:
To give you an idea of where this sign is:
Uh oh, people are starting to fall down…
And my favorite (featuring the dead cockroach look):
Photos courtesy of Elisabeth Olsen, Luke Copland, Doc Halliday, Tracy Webb and Regan Murphy.
This was posted outside of the entrance to the women’s section at a hot springs bathing facility in Tokyo:
Not quite Engrish per se, but I don’t think you are going to bother reading the sign if you are dead drunk!
Photo courtesy of Robin Ross.
Submitter Suzie Tombs sent this in with the following note a few years back:
I am currently working at ‘Disnney Kindergarten’ in Taiwan. Here’s the outside of the school… And it takes how long to proof read?
In the spirit of today’s Engrish about Paper Urine Trousers, I just received this submission today for welfare diapers:
Photo courtesy of Sarah A. Found in China.
“…and we still can’t get rid of this merchandise!”
Photo courtesy of Irfan Kachwalla.
Found in Lonavla, India.
Mrs. Hatoyama wrote a book last year entitled “Very Strange Things I’ve Encountered” wherein she claims that “While my body was asleep, I think my soul rode on a triangular-shaped UFO and went to Venus,…. It was a very beautiful place, and it was very green.”
On a recent television appearance, she talked about her life with Tom Cruise – in a former life of course:
“”I have a dream that I still believe will come true, which is to make a film in Hollywood… The lead actor is Tom Cruise, of course. Why? Because I know he was Japanese in a previous life. I was with him then. So he would recognize me when I see him and say ‘long time, no see!’”.
She subsequently said on the show: ”I also eat the sun,” looking up with her eyes closed, raising her arms high as if she was tearing pieces off an imaginary sun. “Like this, hum, hum, hum. It gives me enormous energy.”
Her husband Mr. Hatoyama was just elected as Prime Minister and has the arduous task of trying to turn around Japan’s struggling economy. Maybe his goofy wife will take all of the attention away from him so he can do his job?
Here is a screen capture taken from the Japanese anime series Elfen Lied. I am not familiar with the series so I am not sure what context this is in, but seems a bit odd nonetheless…
Screenshot courtesy of “Nothing Prettymuch”.
Had no time to post Engrish for Saturday and Sunday morning! I will post new Engrish again on Sunday. Sorry for delay!
Steve – Webmaster
Harry Potter is so cool he generated some rockin’ Engrish:
This photo was found on a major Finnish newspaper site called Ilta-Sanomat (Evening News) from an article entitled “The Boy Who Conquered the World” a couple of years back. The photo was taken in Japan.
Thanks to Aino Pokela for the heads up (even though I am two years late…).
This menu is wrong on so many levels making it an instant Engrish classic, but I am afraid that the quality was not good enough for the main page (I would get countless emails and comments claiming it was fake or Photoshopped). Guess that is what the Brog is for…
Found at a Korean restaurant in Fukuyama, Japan.
Photos courtesy of Barry Gavin.