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Classic Engrish at Chinese Restaurant

Posted by on Mar 21, 2010 in Life | 2 comments

Is it just me or does a good Engrish menu improve the quality of the food some what? Well, perhaps not, but it makes the dinning experience more entertaining.

The restaurant Soushuen was nothing to write home about, just your average Chinese restaurant with overly oily food, and I don’t think I’ll be going back, but the menu was a good source of entertainment.

To be fair, I guess A and R look somewhat similar. If one was just copying the spelling of a word based on it’s looks. I think this is something that really needs to be addressed better when learning English – how to spell. I’m not the words best spellers, but there is some “logic”, some rules to the way things are spelt in English – but students of English in Japan are barely taught them. Instead they rely on just “remembering” how things are spelt, same with pronunciation, you just “remember” (which is my job as a talking monkey, to pronounce words for them to remember). Now, if they were taught how words are put together (my goal for the grade 5 and 6ers starting from April, mwa ha ha ha, my evil plan is revealed) MERT would never be an issue.

/end rant. Sorry. This is supposed to be a fun light harted post about funny English. Let’s continue!

Now, this is better mistake. There is perhaps (with my pronunciation anyway) only a subtle difference between the words “rise” and “rice”.

A nice try for this one. I can see how this could be broken down to fam-mi-li or something, but if only they had learnt about the silent “e” and that us English speaking types would first read this as “fam-mile”.

Check out past Engrish articles and I look forward to sharing my next Engrish experience with you :)

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Kolon Factory

Posted by on Feb 14, 2010 in Life | 0 comments

Here’s another image from the vault as I organise my photos/thoughts from a weekend of Chinese New Year, Valentines Day, Steak (deserves a capital I think!) and Madeline.

This one is from a shop/factory(?) – I’m not sure. Well, it’s a sign in my local area for something. The message isn’t really clear. All I know is I feel sorry for the teddy bear.

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Grow in the Dark!

Posted by on Feb 12, 2010 in Life | 0 comments

Spotted at Nagashima Spa Land (an awesome theme park, review to come sometime…), these key rings actually grow in the dark! It seems to good to be true. I was suspicious, so didn’t buy any, but I would like to see how big they grow – I wonder if they do grow in the dark but shrink again in the light, so you never know… OK, maybe I’m taking this too far now.

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The Shampoo Robot

Posted by on Jan 13, 2010 in Life | 3 comments

This was spotted in the window of a hairdresser’s in Nara. I’m not sure what the going rate is for shampoo robots is but 500円 sounds like a steal! Especially if there is a blow in itself… If you would like to check out this place, it was somewhere east of the Kintestsu Nara train station. Good luck… And I mean that on more than one level!

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Great Daiso Finds

Posted by on Sep 25, 2009 in Life | 4 comments


Daiso is a hundred yen store in Japan, the equivalent of a dollar store. Unlike Australian dollar stores where nothing actually costs a dollar, pretty much everything costs a hundred yen. There are some exceptions, but they are clearly marked with the price and are often good value too. And you can get everything there, from awesome stationary, kitchen goods, gardening goods, bathroom goods, make up, laundry goods. The list goes on. Yes, I am a fan of the 100 yen stores. :)

Daiso, however, is also an awesome place for amusing English. Even though there is a “no photography” sign at the front door (well, I assume this from a picture of a camera with a line through it), the English on these is just begging for their photos to be taken. And they shouldn’t complain because I definitely spend up big there. Turns out 100 yen (plus 5 yen tax) an item can add up…

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