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Curiouser and Curiouser, Korea: Amusing "Engrish" Finds

Posted on Thu, Jun 20, 2013 @ 03:50 PM

From a very young age, I've been interested in language. I studied English and journalism in college. I've written for various publications. So for me, one of the best parts of living and teaching in Korea is the inexplicablly bad English print found everywhere. 

Korea is a first world nation. Nearly every Korean under the age of 40 understands at least a little English, and there is a number of Koreans who speak very good English. So I have no idea why or how some of the following copy was allowed to be printed. It must be a thing. What follows are just some of my curious English finds in Korea:

Donkey Joyful: The lord needs it


Yes. Yes, He does. But I'd prefer not to know why he needs it, or what he does with it...


Suwon: Enjoy World Heritage "Hwaseoung" and Beautiful Bathroom Tour

There are some, perhaps many, who say Korea has the least tourists attractions when China, Japan, and Thailand are in the mix, but this bus-side slogan takes it too far. I think the bus is referring to an actual toilet museum I've heard about. It's on my to-do list...

16 March 1941 on a random bag. That is a Nazi holiday

So the most stylish guy I know, Craig, found this bag in a Korean boutique. Having the good eye he does, he snapped it up without much care for what occurred on the 16th of March 1941. Well, he looked it up when he got home and discovered that on this day Hitler gave a famous speech revered by modern Nazis. The speech was titled, "England Will Fall." ... Curiouser, Korea.

Mr. Potato Guitars

It really goes with the theme of this post: Why not?

I was not similar to no one

It reads, "I'm not similar to no one" ... Then I'm not shopping here. This seems to be Korea's slogan. 

I have no idea...

This is what I don't understand. How did this get on the back of this sweater? HOW?! I've seen this sweater several times while teaching English in Korea

Think TomorrowThe slogan of a large mall in Busan, a beach city, is a great idea. Perhaps they forgot to add "Shop Today."


That's it for round 1. Let me know if you enjoyed these. Korea is a large, confounding country.

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Currently residing an hour outside of Seoul, South Korea, Sergio Cabaruvias is doing his utmost not to appear lost or confused. So far, he’s managed. After graduating with degrees in English and journalism and after working with underprivileged youth, Serg embarked from Southern California for Pyeongtaek, South Korea to gain experience as an amateur adventurer. Since arriving he has swung on vines in the jungles of Taiwan, scaled mountains in the rocky city of Busan, driven a scooter along the edge of a massive, marble gorge, and explored some of Tokyo’s seedier areas.  Moving to South Korea has been the best decision of his life.

Tags: fashion in Korea, shopping in Korea, Engrish, Konglish, Bad English

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