Monday, May 29, 2006

I Speak Engrish good

I’ve been way too serious lately which isn’t like me at all, so here’s something a little fun.In the past I have taught both junior high and high school Japanese students in a summer program at a local university.  One of my favorite activities was reading their shirts that have English on them, as the words are usually combined for appearance and little regard for meaning.  

Awhile back I stumbled upon this website,  I visited their store and ordered the “Just It Do” shirt (Buy them before they get sued by that overpriced shoe company!)

Carnival submissions are due by 9 P.M. central tomorrow. Please look just above the moon phase for the email address.    


Darren said...

How long until someone calls you a racist?

Personally, I think it's hilarious. God knows how many times I've butchered other languages.

Smithie said...

I went to a small private school for a year that had about 1000 Japanese students. Because there were so many they never really had to learn English...daily communication hilarity ensued.
It's not Japanese but this is a good example of the fact that we are dolts too when it comes to using Asian characters for their looks alone.

"Ms. Cornelius" said...

My students give me copies of the choicest ones all the time from that site and a couple of others they have. My Asian students probably give me more than anyone.

And apparently, Justin Timberlake got a bunch of fake tattoos for a role he's playing as a drug dealer in an upcoming flick. One of the tattoos featured Chinese ideograms-- except that they apparently spelled "ice skating" or something else really tough- sounding.

Mike in Texas said...


Thanks for that site! Its funny to see how it goes both ways.

Mister Teacher said...

Authorized Service Shop!!!!!!
So THAT'S who held the number one spot on Donkey Kong during my entire childhood!!