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Old January 5th, 2016, 09:22 PM   #181
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Anyway, it made me curious how this is solved in other cities with a metro/subway system.
Berlin uses bilingual Ausgang and exit signage, sorry have no pic. Basically I would prefer a pictogram like the green emergency-exit (EU-coded standard) shown on the Amsterdam-pic as foreign people not aware of english may at least know this. Hamburg does it this way without the word exit. On the other hand IIrc US-standard for emergency-exit is red and the normal exit is called way out. But the green signage with a pictogram is more or less common in european, asian and south-american metros.

Imho this is all a little bit exagerrated. During my last stay in Lisbon the meaning of Saida was something logically. Ok, if you come from a town with metro itīs maybe easier. I think most foreign people tend to fail at the ticket-machine not at the exit-signage

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Old January 6th, 2016, 12:45 PM   #182
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There's even a difference in the English speaking part of the world. London uses the famous 'Way out'; Newcastle apparently uses 'Exit', as is common in American metro/subway systems.

Paris seems to just use Sortie, without a pictogram or the same term in different languages. I can't remember having seen English signs during my visits to Paris, either.
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Old January 6th, 2016, 04:58 PM   #183
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It is really quite ironic that such a "tourist orientated" place like Amsterdam should use only Dutch for transport signs, when English (as the "international tourist" language) is used all over the city centre to encourage tourists to spend money there (I saw numerous signs in dutch shops promoting their goods and sales in English)
And of course the Dutch themselves are excellent linguists, so many Dutch people I have met speak really good English.
Is this some sort of reaction against the whole tourism thing?
I know that as an English speaker I am lucky, travelling the world using my native tongue, but consider if English was not the "international" language, French was, then i would not object to French being used on transport signs to help the tourists in Australia.
In fact Australia could do a little better by offering more language choices on the automated ticket machines for public transport that one finds in all the major Australian cities.
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