What does Engrish mean?

Poor translation from Asian languages to English

‘Engrish’ is a term used jokingly to point out the difficulties some people from East Asia might have when speaking English. Particularly, this refers to the challenges they face with the English “L” and “R” sounds.

This term also refers to the often amusing mistranslations that can occur when English is translated by those unfamiliar with the language. A classic example of this is the misinterpreted line from a Japanese video game.

In the game known as ‘Galactic Conquest’, a villainous character famously declares, “All your base are belong to us.” This line became a popular internet meme due to its incorrect grammar and awkward phrasing, demonstrating a classic example of ‘Engrish’.

While the term ‘Engrish’ is often used in a light-hearted way to highlight language blunders, it’s important to note that learning a new language can be hard and mistakes are part of the process.

Example for using ‘Engrish’ in a conversation

Hey, have you seen that new shirt with the funny text?

Yeah, I saw it! It has some Engrish on it, right? πŸ˜…

Exactly! It’s like a bad translation from another language. πŸ˜‚

Haha, yeah! It’s funny how those mistakes happen sometimes. πŸ˜„