I am in Germany, with a rental car, going places I have never been. To make this a little easier, I got a GPS unit.
One of the features of the GPS is that the voice turn-by-turn can be set in multiple languages. I (reasonably) set it to “American English.”
I have got to say that I have not heard such creative mangling of German street names since I was stationed over here in the Army.
Here is the irony: This little device, by the nature of its basic function knows exactly where it is. How about, people, programming it to speak the directions in English, but the street names in the local language.
Perhaps it would help if the designers actually tried to use the product in different countries.
This is a safety issue because I should not be having to suppress so much amusement when I am trying to navigate German traffic. 🙂