Yet again I return from a trip to the motherland.
Yes, it was good, thanks. Yes, I did drink vodka. No, I didn’t force feed borsch to hapless tourists while screaming “this is what real freedom tastes like, you capitalist pigs!”.
Although yes, I did actually eat some borsch.
During this trip I have, for the first time ever, taken a bus from Kiev to Kharkov (my home city). The trip takes around 7 hours and is serviced by a company called Autolux.
Before I start ridiculing the company, allow me to make one thing clear: this was absolutely, hands down, the best bus experience of my life. Their buses are clean, comfortable, in great condition and all routes are serviced by a “stewardess” who serves tea, coffee and a selection of snacks. They run on schedule and are extremely affordable. You pay 165 hryvnas for the 500 km Kiev-Kharkov trip, while some taxis in Kiev will charge you around 300 hryvnas just to drive you from the airport to the city centre.
Unfortunately, they also have an English website. No, wait, I’m sorry. I misspoke. What I meant to say is they have a Russian website that’s been poorly translated into English by a drunk guy armed with Google Translate and a lack of basic understanding of what words are. The whole website is a goldmine of material for Engrish.com. There is a bit of everything on it: misused words, poor grammar, incoherent ramblings of a raving lunatic, you name it!
Below I share with you some of the best examples of attempted English from the Autolux website. They are accompanied by fake feedback from equally English-challenged and non-existent Russian customers. Enjoy.
1. These buses is different from the others, the number of passenger seats — 29, it haves a big distance between the seats, and much more than conventional buses, and seats can be decomposed almost 180 degrees.
I attempt to make the rid of my “associate” in clean manner, but after ten hour travels by your bus he still no sign of decompose. Why false promise?
– Andrey “Knuckles” Vorkovsky, businessman and top mafia all-star.
2. In case of failure of the load, the sender makes the return of the goods (forwarding).
I also invent time machine to forward the return, yet my load never fail!
– Sergey Puchenko, rocket scientist, duck hoarder, insane.
3. In this case, the payment may take an individual with a confidence and a private letter to the passport.
After five separate private letter to passport, still no reply. Passport have no heart. Where find the confidence?
– Mila Rantseva, cat lady, lonely.
4. Applications for abstraction of goods made in advance, but not later than one day prior to shipment, and the movers services are not available.
Thank, is very clear. I place one application for advancing day of shipment to the movers outside the service abstraction, please!
– Vasily Korobeikin, linguistic genius.
5. Wherever there were customers, employees «Autolux» is always welcome them in any of our offices.
I was in the town and will have go to your office. Nobody is there. Now how will I placed order?
– Maria Karaseva, pensionist.
6. Now, more than 180 trucks of the company operates about 40 daily cargo flights between the cities of Ukraine, not counting the extra.
Very sad no delivery in my village of Extra. Very happy for flying truck. Scare neighbours, pick up the chicks, I like
– Petr Rtishenko, teenager, party guy, sexy symbols.
7. With more in their own vehicle park 50 new buses, «Autolux» executes as 40 daily passengers flights to most cities in Ukraine.
Sound like you need good lawyer, so many passenger “execute” (eye-close-open, eye-close-open, nods nods)
– Yaroslav Lebed, “lawyer”
8. In the case of non-payment of the goods returned to the sender only after the official request to the sender.
Need help. Goods refuse to pay money after many official request. Please return goods and bring new ones who willing to provide for payment
– Stanislava Kolach, model, future wife.
9. We value shipment and handling fees is a legal entity, in column 7 the name of the company or emergency.
Bear Attack Inc. would be delight in conduct the business with you
– Olga Gljantseva, CEO of such famous company as Burglary Ltd., Cat Stuck In Tree Ltd. and Set Fire To Crotch And Cannot Make Stop LLC.
10. Both transportation (sending cargo and sending payments for cash on delivery) are associated with one (the original), the number declaration.
There can been only the one
– High-Upper-Lands Man
11. Reimbursement shall be made in the original shipping point mandrel.
I is send flower to lady friend, receive some kind of a metal stick contraption with different part. Extreme satisfied!
– Anatoly Shjuka, plumber, Super Mario impersonator.
37 thoughts on “Very the bestest bus in the countries!”
Hahahahahahaha… Very very good 😀 Thanks for sharing!
Very very the welcome for you! Makings of laugh is the happiness many time!
Bless their translating hearts. “Decomposed 180 degrees” Reclined? Can’t figure where they got that. And the executing passengers. Someone ought to give them a heads up about that one. Too funny.
Well, any executed passengers can’t really claim they weren’t informed. It’s right there on the website!
Haha!! so funny!! i guess you have to be drunk reading it as well!!
Drunk reading most things definitely enhances the experience! 😉
I am dying from laughter now, really. Not to mention I would have loved to have read about a “real” incident ” No, I didn’t force feed borsch to hapless tourists while screaming “this is what real freedom tastes like, you capitalist pigs!”.” 😉
Happy to make you laugh, my mission is complete then! I can neither confirm nor deny that any borsch feeding of hapless tourists has taken place in actuality…
Haha! This is hilarious. I am trying to teach myself Russian, go figure. I’d love to visit one day.
Well, one thing you’ve learned from this is you should NOT use Google Translate to help you learn Russian. Thanks for stopping by!
This was just too much! Thank goodness the actual experience of using the bus was better than this website.
Indeed! Also, thankfully I speak Russian, because something tells me I would have been exposed to more hilarity while trying to communicate with the bus crew in English.
Ha! Too funny! I love translating mishaps, especially in this case, the “decomposing chairs.”
And those buses sound fabulous. They make our L.A. buses sound barbaric; which, they are.
Ha, haven’t had the “pleasure” of trying out L.A. buses, but will make sure to pay attention if I ever do. Can’t be as bad as decomposing chairs though! Thanks for stopping by.
Stopping by from the moonshine grid. This was great. As I was reading, I heard the accents in my head (no, i’m not crazy). Very fun read!
Those Russians will always get in your head, won’t they?! Glad you’ve enjoyed the post, thanks for dropping by!
Hilarious! Thanks for posting this, It’s always nice to laugh in the morning 🙂 Bus flights, ha!
Hey, you laugh now, but wait for another 20-30 years and we’ll have flying buses for sure. Of course at that stage we will have lost the planet to robots and won’t be allowed to fly one. Instead we’ll be walking in the slums, picking out metal scraps to serve as body-part replacements for our robot masters.
Thanks for dropping by and happy to have kick started your Saturday with a laugh!
I have a friend from Denmark who is a physical therapist and constantly writes “client was decapitated,” instead of “client was incapacitated…” I can’t wait to hear from him after this is forwarded! Thanks.
Hahaa that’s priceless. I hope he’s never the one to bring a family news about their sick loved one…no doubt that’d make for one “hilarious” misunderstanding
Funny post Daniel – I particularly liked the quote about “executing” passengers. After saying that, I’m always a bit reticent about laughing at other nationalities’ attempts at English. As an Englishman I’m useless at foreign languages and all your quotes are better attempts at English than my attempts at Russian.
I also like the idea of a stewardess on the bus!
True, I don’t believe making fun of people genuinely trying to speak a language is OK. I think any attempt to actually communicate in a foreign language is admirable.
Having said that, a professional bus operating company should be able to afford translation a step above Google Translate!
And yeah, it’s a luxury with a stewardess! Glad you’ve enjoyed the post!
This sounds like emails from Olga, of which I blog. Seriously though, this was too funny. I am liking. Must check out English.com.
Engrish.com come with happy recommends! I like you find funny, make me warm fuzzy happiness inside!
These, are the same people that keep sending spam to my blog! I’m certain of it! The customer service department of an Eastern block, bus line. I never would have guessed.
Strange that’s it’s easier to laugh at when it’s over here.
You discover secret of Russian marketing. We must have adapt our technique accordings to this. You will never laugh at the us again before.
Call me crazy, but I wanna ride the frak out of these buses. I also like vodka, so that could have something to do with it.
Comrade. We ride bus with vodkas one day in togethers. We have many in common, sure.
That was awesome. There were several that I had absolutely no clue what exactly they were trying to say! Thanks for that great laugh 🙂
You are the most welcomes. I happy give to laugh for you and make smile! Thank for visitings.
“seats can be decomposed almost 180 degrees”—It doesn’t get any better than that. Certainly not for vultures or other carrion-eaters.
I just visited that Engrish.com site. Just like your post, it’s very funny! I love the Homous with meat and Obesity. Very tempting choice.
Yeah there are hours of entertainment to be had on that site. You can’t make this stuff up! Meat with obesity is the best kind of meat!
Which is pretty much most types of meat. Except the lean ground turkey breast that I cook with and that my sons say isn’t ‘real meat.’ To which I reply, ‘She who cooketh, chooseth.’
I like post very much, you freely make laugh.-Rachael, blogger and authority on insanity.
You make the blush. I am honour. Thank for the postings!
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I’ll make be sures to visit in the soon. Certainly.