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Monday, June 12, 2006
Lost in Translation
I was recently in Koreatown, near I-10 and Gessner. I stopped by a grocery store to pick up some essentials. I had noticed this sign before, but thought it was worthwhile to point out something.
The English under the Korean letters has "American and Oriental Food". That's very nice and inviting. This used to be an old Kroger's, so perhaps this is a nice one-stop shop for a wide range of groceries.
Too bad that the Korean says "Korean Groceries". It's like a little joke for the ones able to read Korean. This worries me as I have to rely on many English translations when I travel. So when I see a sign translated as "safe for 120V appliances" or "this water is potable", I should be careful.