Reply
Total Posts: 16,446
Topics: 236
High Fives: 2,019
Solutions: 209
Registered on: ‎10-30-2009

OT/Humour: Engrish

As a traveller with a very limited lexicon in languages other than Aussie English (some call that a contradiction in terms Smiley Happy ) I know how hard it must be for non-English speakers to master our language.

 

Despite that, this is one of my favourite go-to sites when I want to start my day with a smile: http://www.engrish.com/

 

Cheers, Alan, Type 2, d&e metformin 2000mg, Australia.
Everything in Moderation - Except Laughter.
There is nothing I could eat I like more than my eyes.
Type 2 Diabetes - A Personal Journey(latest: Are Diabetes Complications Inevitable? Not necessarily...)
Born Under a Wandering Star (Latest: Vang Vieng, Laos)
Super Advisor
Total Posts: 6,570
Registered on: ‎05-22-2011

Re: OT/Humour: Engrish

I'm happy you posted this Alan. I got a big laugh.

James G

I'm just a guy who has had type 2 diabetes for 30+ years.

"It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something." – Franklin D. Roosevelt
"When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on." – Franklin D. Roosevelt
"Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us everyday." - Sally Koch
"I always wondered why somebody doesn't do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody." – Lily Tomlin
"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles.. it empties today of its strength." - Corrie Ten Boom
"Happiness is a state of mind." - Walt Disney

On 9/5/14 had amputation of my right leg, below the knee.

Latest A1C 6.4 on 4/16/15
Lipids test on 4/16/15
Total Cholesterol 133
HDL Cholesterol 45
LDL Cholesterol 69.8
Triglycerides 91

Diabetes Medications
500mg Metformin twice a day
12 units Levemir, 6 in the morning and 6 at night
Advisor
Total Posts: 295
Registered on: ‎11-04-2009

Re: OT/Humour: Engrish

[ Edited ]

I go to some old MadTV episdoes for a laugh and Ms. Swan is one of my favorite characters.  There's other characters on MadV that make me laugh but Ms. Swan and the language barrier is funny.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNXEzdunIqI

 

Here's another - but it's how Japanese advertise their sales!  Warning contains a naughty word!  I think they need an English dictionary!

 

http://www.japansubculture.com/2012/01/its-no-ordinary-sale-its-a-**bleep**in-sale/

 

Total Posts: 16,446
Topics: 236
High Fives: 2,019
Solutions: 209
Registered on: ‎10-30-2009

Re: OT/Humour: Engrish

ellieaire, the first was a classic - thanks; the second link gave me:

 

Not Found, Error 404

The page you are looking for no longer exists.

Cheers, Alan, Type 2, d&e metformin 2000mg, Australia.
Everything in Moderation - Except Laughter.
There is nothing I could eat I like more than my eyes.
Type 2 Diabetes - A Personal Journey(latest: Are Diabetes Complications Inevitable? Not necessarily...)
Born Under a Wandering Star (Latest: Vang Vieng, Laos)
Trusted Contributor
Total Posts: 11,082
Registered on: ‎11-28-2009

Re: OT/Humour: Engrish

This one focuses on pronunciation -and (warning) is a bit long...

"If you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world.

After trying the verses, a Frenchman said he’d prefer six months of hard labour to reading six lines aloud."

 

As Americans, the first 12 lines shouldn't be a problem:

 

Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.
Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it’s written.)

 

but try keeping it up for a while...

 

The rest is at

http://www.thepoke.co.uk/2011/12/23/english-pronunciation/

 

 

Morris

Diagnosed Type 2, with an A1c of 11.4 in 2003; averaging a 5.0 A1c since then with diet, exercise and Glipizide XL + meds for blood pressure and cholesterol. 
A bit dated, but scroll down on this page if you want to know more ...


Trusted Contributor
Total Posts: 11,082
Registered on: ‎11-28-2009

Re: OT/Humour: Engrish

Josh White, Jr wrote a song about English, performed here by Pete Seeger...

 

Morris

Diagnosed Type 2, with an A1c of 11.4 in 2003; averaging a 5.0 A1c since then with diet, exercise and Glipizide XL + meds for blood pressure and cholesterol. 
A bit dated, but scroll down on this page if you want to know more ...


Total Posts: 16,446
Topics: 236
High Fives: 2,019
Solutions: 209
Registered on: ‎10-30-2009

Re: OT/Humour: Engrish

I loved this line in the kuh-razy song:


If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?

Cheers, Alan, Type 2, d&e metformin 2000mg, Australia.
Everything in Moderation - Except Laughter.
There is nothing I could eat I like more than my eyes.
Type 2 Diabetes - A Personal Journey(latest: Are Diabetes Complications Inevitable? Not necessarily...)
Born Under a Wandering Star (Latest: Vang Vieng, Laos)
Highlighted
Frequent Responder
Total Posts: 97
Registered on: ‎10-10-2011

Re: OT/Humour: Engrish

Dear Alan

George Bernard Shaw was a bitter critic of English pronunciation as evidenced by his Preface to Pygmalion.

 

His joke was that the word "ghoti" should be pronounced as "fish".

 

How can "ghoti" and "fish" sound the same? GBS explained it like this  : the gh = f as in rouGH

the o = i as in wOmen ,the ti = sh as in naTIon       

 

It is nice that Diabetics have a "healthy" sense of humor

 

All the best

 

sam