September 10th, 2009

Not when you are dead drunk…

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.

September 9th, 2009

Disnney Bilingual Kindergarten

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?

September 8th, 2009

Welfare Diapers

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.

September 4th, 2009

Sale up to 100% off!

“…and we still can’t get rid of this merchandise!”

Photo courtesy of Irfan Kachwalla.
Found in Lonavla, India.

September 3rd, 2009

Japan’s New First Lady Has Been to Outer Space

By now you may have heard – the new first lady of Japan, Miyuki Hatoyama, has been to Venus and back on a flying saucer, and used to be friends in a former life with Tom Cruise.

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?

Sources:  MSNBC , Independent

August 31st, 2009

Elfen Lied Anime Engrish

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”.

August 29th, 2009

On short vacation

Had no time to post Engrish for Saturday and Sunday morning!  I will post new Engrish again on Sunday. Sorry for delay!

Steve – Webmaster

August 27th, 2009

Harry – You’re So Rock!

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…).

August 26th, 2009

Korean Liquor Menu (from Japan)

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.

August 25th, 2009

Shanghai seeks end to ‘Chinglish’

According to a new recycled article from the BBC, Shanghai wants to spruce up its image and clean up all the Chinglish around town in time for the World Expo Fair. Sounds like Shanghai is taking a cue from Beijing and the Olympics in 2008.

Just last year Beijing announced to the world that they would tackle all the Engrish in the land in time for the Olympics. Loyal fans of cowered in fear as the mass media in the west ate up all the press releases and regurgitated it as the end of all Chinglish. China even banned from their filtered down version of the ‘internet’ (yup, you cannot find through the Great Firewall of China).

I wasn’t scared though – I knew better. In fact last year was the best year ever for Chinglish submissions to the site – especially after the Olympics were over. Sure, they’ll clean up a few public signs here and there, but with a billion non-native English speakers, I’ll take my chances that Chinglish is alive and well for the long haul.

We’ll probably see more of these types of articles pop poop up here and there. Don’t buy into the hype, because that is all it is – just another title to try and get your attention.

Thank you for you.

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