Scooter English

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It is high time that I posted an entry, since I have been quiet for a few weeks. I now have enough photos of scooters to warrant a full homage to Taiwanese ‘Scooter English’. I am sure this post will grow, since I am sometimes howling with laughter at the genius of some of the prose. Sit back, and absorb…


My scooter: “Duke … ECOLOGY NEW STAND & NEW LIFE”


“We reach for the sky. Neither does civilization … SNIPER”


“GENERATION POLLUTION ON THE EARTH LOW 50 FREINDL LIGHT NO. 01 POLLUTION FRIENDLY SCOOTER NEW”


“TACT … MET-IN … JUST FOR YOU THE NEW GENERATION … FAST FIRST AND BEST”


“Going … MOVE YOUR CREATIVE HEART”


“Your future depends on … MOVIE 125″


“JOG IS FASCINATING TO YOU”


“Going … KYMCO BRINGS OUT THE GENIUS IN YOUR CHOICE”


“Jockey are riding with us”


“THE BEST FUNCTION AND GOOD SENSATION


“CHACHA … KEEP CLEAN, KEEP PLEASANT, KEEP HEALTHY … GIVING YOU THE BEST SENSATION ALL I HAVE”


“Dio … SHUTTLE IN THE CITY JUNGLE. THE NEW SPEEDY SNAIL CLAN CHARACTERISTIC. DIGNIFIED. AGGRESSIVE”


“CAOW … WITH FASHIONABLE FEELING”


“MAN … enjoy yourself … boy”


“YOU GOT TO FEEL … FEVER … THE HAPPINESS OF RIDING”


“Junior … THE GLARING HEADLIGHTS OF A MOTORCAR”


“SHEN YANG … THE NEW GENERATIONAL SCOOTER FRON EARTH”


“J\O\G … IS FASCINATING TO YOU”


“GOING … THE MORE YOU LOOK THE MORE YOU LIKE”


“125 … FOR NEW CENTURY”


“Spanking … The Dreaming Touring Motor With Spanking Kwang Yang Scooter 100E”

After a whole year of being surrounded by this, it does begin to become invisible to you – a shame. However, occasionally I will walk along a row of scooters with camera blazing, chuckling away to myself. I do feel jealous a little of newcomers who point every strange thing out – things I cannot see any more.

Although it seems very funny, this is the relationship with English that most local designers seem to have. And I have to work with them, using Roman characters to ‘decorate’ their designs. Frankly, we are often the same in Europe – exotic Chinese symbols seem trés chic tatooed onto our arms, eh.

Update:

Lars had some extra photos lying around of scooters. Some new, some when I had no camera – if only you could take photos at traffic lights you could get so much more lyrical goodness … I can see this taking a life of its own!


“FOVEP … YOU GET TO FOOL THE HARRINESS OF RIOING”


“Freeway … specializing in boble model street bike for noble life”


“TACT … MET-IN … JUST FOR YOU, THE NEW GENERATION”


“RR … RIDDING ON THE WING.”


“SNIPER … AEROTYPE … Just for wind cutting”


“THE EPOCHAL SCOOTER”


“SANYANG … THE BEST FUNCTION AND SENSATION … KING OF THE RIDER”


“FOR TOUR NICE SCENE”


“FANGIER … NEW EDITION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE … GET AWAY WITH IT ALL”

A new wave…


Duck – Be Pure – 125 SP – To resist drugs and violence - amazing


Dock – THE DUKE TEAM SO SPEEDING & DOMINANT


6 – THE FRIENDLE SCOOTER ON EARON – ER


To Feel Exuberan Tly Happy


LAEIH (?) – HAHAH
A SUPER SPEED – WE OFFER TOU SAFETY AND QUALITY



And so it continues…

5 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    Posted 2006/10/17 at 00:26 | Permalink

    By far the funniest thing I’ve seen today. No wonder Chris was laughing his ass off in the next office over. Thanks! Can I subscribe to this?
    -kev

  2. Posted 2006/10/17 at 09:58 | Permalink

    Sure – subscribe to the RSS feed!

    Jonathan

  3. Posted 2007/08/29 at 19:17 | Permalink

    Funny bru! I was in Taichung for a year – I know what you mean – becoming desensitised to it, but there are always little oddities that you can enjoy and the perpetual reek of chou dofu…

  4. Anonymous
    Posted 2008/07/03 at 02:43 | Permalink

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    Would be glad to know anything!
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  5. Anonymous
    Posted 2008/08/09 at 04:55 | Permalink

    Pretty funny stickers, like some of the stuff I saw in Shanghai.

    I read a great article about this topic called “Scooter Polluter” found here: http://economicefficiency.blogspot.com/2008/08/scooter-polluter.html

    It laid out a number of the issues like smog pollution vs. gas consumption and that there are non-EPA certified scooters in the US, so watch out!

    In Shanghai, when I was there in January, I was told they had outlawed new scooters and folks could only buy electric bicycles. Too bad they forgot that they have to burn coal to generate that electricity.

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