I’m Feeling…Grad All Over…

I was walking through Umeda in Osaka yesterday after work when I spotted this shop and had to take a photo of it…

Grad All Over

Grad All Over

Now it’s very easy to make fun of some of the bad English that you see and hear everyday in Japan (especially on T-shirts and signs) (see Engrish.com for some fantastic examples) and, well, sometimes I do.

But lets face it, anyone who’s heard my bad Japanese or seen the blank expressions on waitresses faces when I try to order something and they can’t understand my accent, knows I have no right to make fun…

But what really baffles me is why nobody checks the English in a dictionary or something?

I mean, you decide to build a shop, think of a name, pay someone probably a lot of money to put a big sign on your shop window…wouldn’t it make sense to just check an English dictionary before? Just to be sure?

Just type it into google at least and see what comes out?

There was an advert in a beauty magazine I saw last month for some new makeup, and in big letters above the pretty girls face was “Palty!!

Comments (2)

chunFebruary 2nd, 2010 at 5:39 am

i was in the west end the other day passing a ticket office for theatres etc, when i noticed a huge poster in the window “celebrating it’s 1st birthday”. whoever proof read that ought to be sacked.

adminFebruary 2nd, 2010 at 5:29 pm

haha, nice. Guess it happens in even “native English” speaking countries too.

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