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funny site by arty_farty on 25 August 2006 12:42pm
 
check this out:

http://www.engrish.com/
 
Re: funny site by canaveralgumby on 25 August 2006 4:30pm
 
I love that site! My son did a report on that site for his HS EngLish class.
 
Re: funny site by tucsonmike on 26 August 2006 3:26am
 
Such "bloopers" are always funny.
 
Re: funny site by intrepid on 26 August 2006 5:23pm
 
Thanks for linking that site.
I have one class at a "toy and leisure time product" distribution company which gets a number of products from China. The English on them isn't too bad, although there's this sponge-Frisbee thing for throwing at people when you're in the pool, and it's described as having something like "Strong Sucking Power".

In the south Czech Rep. here is a big, Vietnamese-run market a few miles east of town where you can get a big variety of inexpensive Asian produced items, and some of the packaging is interesting. In a lot of cases, the writing has been done by people who don't know English or our alphabet, so they've tried to copy the writing from other sources as best they can. (imagine the kind of mistakes and omissions we'd make if we were trying to copy Chinese or Korean symbols purely by sight, without any idea of what the symbols meant) The Czechs who don't speak English will reject any product which has words with nonexistant letters, but unless they know English pretty well, most of the buyers'll happily wear bizzare "English" words and phrases. One of my coworkers had a shirt which described her as, among other things, "swety girl".
 



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