Where in the world were we?

Emergency Exit
I have to say that although it was well-meaning having the words "emergency" and "notfall" in such close proximity, it was concerning - given where we were at the time. I realise that "notfall" means must mean "emergency" in another language and I spent some time with Google Translate trying to work it out, but as yet haven't identified the language. Do you know what language this would be?

If you've been to London or Paris, or if you've been here you may recognise the sign. Where was this photo taken?

11 thoughts on “Where in the world were we?

  1. Deems

    That looks like it’s from something clean and new – my guess would be it’s one of the pods of the Wheel of Excellence at the V&A.

    Notfall is German for emergency – pronounced noot-fal (similar to Nootgeval in Afrikaans).

  2. Paul

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    Absolutely correct – it’s from the Wheel of Excellence. :)

    Thanks for the head’s up on the translation… I feel kinda silly for not working it out.

  3. Ali

    No problem. The conversations on your blog help me a lot to save my ability to speak English quite fluently. I can’t believe, how fast one can lose verbal sovereignty in a foreign language, if one doesn’t use it continuously. It’s a Win-win situation, you know. Btw: The «Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz&rquo; is waiting to be pronounced by you. *lol*

  4. Paul

    Post author

    Okay, let me give it a try Ali – Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz – close enough? ;)

    Yeah, how’s that BA thing. Kerry-Anne works in the language field so she’ll have some entertainment reading that. :)

  5. Ali

    Record your pronounciation and put it on Youtube. :D In SA, I’ve also learnt that you can buy the beer Pilsner Urquell. The beer was my very first order in a restaurant. Me: “I would like a Pilsner Urquell” (German pronouncation). The waiter: “Ok, one…” silence … ” ehrm … Quell!” :D

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