Thursday, September 29, 2011

Here Speeching American by Kathryn & Ross Petras

This is just a short little “travel guide” about English in other countries.  The authors take care at the beginning to state they are not making fun or saying that others are not as intelligent.  That if we were to reverse the situation (look at how we as Americans translate other languages) there would be just as much at which to laugh.

Here are few examples (taken from the Goodreads review):

• Feel like shopping?
We have no good things to sell.
–shop sign, Lovina Beach, Bali

• Feeling sick?
Are you haunted by the horribles? Do you run after your own nose?
–Japanese medical form

• Wondering what to wear?
A sports jacket may be worn to dinner, but no trousers.
–in a French hotel brochure

• Wondering where to eat?
Grill and Roast your clients! Open for lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch.
–slogan of the Hibiscus restaurant in the Jakarta Hilton International

3 stars (Rated PG-13, some of the translation are a bit crude)

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