Signs, Signs, Everwhere There's Signs
OK, here is a little bit of a rant from me. Now, I have lived in Asia for coming up on six years now and have done a fair bit of traveling through both the highly developed
What I am speaking of is the butchering of the language on English signs. I realize fully that not everyone speaks English as a first language and I do applaud those that have learned to speak it even at a basic conversational level. What I do not applaud though is those who speak/write English at a good, yet imperfect, level but who will not ask others for verification on the work they have done in English. I saw a set of very good examples yesterday at a railway station in Pingtung. Four safety banners were hanging at the station and all four were written in English which ranged from awkward to poor. Now, most certainly it was written in English many, many levels above my Chinese, but every sign needed some tweaking.
Personally, if I am in a small restaurant and I see a menu or a sign with awkward English, I do nothing but appreciate the effort someone has put in. I appreciate this whether I am at a tiny noodle stall in
These four banners would not have been super cheap to produce and I am sure that the same banners are visible at a number of stations. I am sure that those in charge could have found someone to proofread and adjust for the price of a single meal at a mid level restaurant. Why they wouldn't bother is totally beyond me.