For a growing share of world trade will be goods and services that incorporate language – maybe just on the packaging or in the instructions leaflet, but also in the form of entertainment and information.
However advertisements made up by non-native speakers may become some kind of entertainment themselves. Here are a few examples of signs and notices written in English that were discovered throughout the world. Enjoy.
In a Tokyo bar:
Special cocktails for the ladies with nuts.
In a Bucharest hotel lobby:
The lift is being fixed for the next day. During that time we regret that you will be unbearable.
In the lobby of a Moscow hotel across from an Orthodox monastery:
You are welcome to visit the cemetery where famous Russian and Soviet composers, artists and writes are buried daily except Thursday.
On the menu of a Swiss restaurant:
Our wines leave you nothing to hope for.
In a Bangkok dry cleaners:
Drop your trousers here for best results.
In a Rome laundry:
Ladies, leave your clothes here and spend the afternoon having a good time.
In a Copenhagen airline ticket office:
We take your bags and send them in all directions.
In a Budapest zoo:
Please do not feed the animals. Is you have any suitable food, give it to the guard on duty.