Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Some awkward placards in Geoje.
A while ago a reader passed along some pictures of a display in Geoje, in South Gyeongsang province. He writes the flags and the placards are put up to reflect the international influence the shipyards have on the island. A nice thought, but as with a lot of the bad English and the cultural mistranslations in Korea, you really have to wonder how they got it so wrong.
You'll find the flags near the ferry terminal in Gohyeon-dong. He notes that someone noticed the error on "language" and fixed it with a sticker, but didn't think the other information needed any more work.
Anticipating the response from some that I'm not being constructive, I'll share with you the numbers and locations for the tourist information centers, if you're in the area and would like to provide some pointers for the next draft of the placards. Of course, they really should have checked with native English speakers before doing it in the first place, but some people get upset when I point that out.