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Old July 25th, 2009, 11:04 AM   #81
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Lithuania is the only country in the Baltic states that uses bilingual signage.
Example, Ryga/Rīga:


Varšuva/Warszawa:
In Estonia, we have some bilingual signs as well in north-western Estonia. They are Estonian/Swedish because of the Estonian Swedes of whom some still live there, but mostly they've moved to Sweden. USSR sent them awsy from there for army bases or smth.
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Old July 26th, 2009, 01:26 PM   #82
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sorbian_languages







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Old July 27th, 2009, 10:33 PM   #83
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As is the norm of the countries that does not use Latin Alphabets as the primary script, the traffic signs in Japan are basically bilingual (biscript).







However, as brisavoine pointed out, quite many signs are actually in Japanese only. Warning and restriction signs tend to be monolingual, which can be quite troublesome for foreign drivers.







On this photo, you can see some are bilingual and some are not.


In a few "frontier" areas, signs become trilingual:

Japanese, English, and Russian in northern and eastern Hokkaido.




Japanese, English, and Korean in northern Kyushu, especially Tsushima.
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Old July 27th, 2009, 10:43 PM   #84
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Russian in Japan, funny.
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Old July 28th, 2009, 08:11 PM   #85
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Close to a port with ferreis to Russia, I think?

Trilangual signs are interesting but rare. As far as I know, the most of them are in Israel. And other signs exist in Japan, Slovenia (Pula/Pola/Pulj), Kosovo (in Prizren) and Belgium.
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Old July 28th, 2009, 10:02 PM   #86
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I'm sure I've seen Bolzano/Bozen/Bulsan in Southern Tirol (Italy) in 2006.
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Old July 28th, 2009, 10:25 PM   #87
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Busan? Which language is that? Korean?
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Old July 28th, 2009, 10:30 PM   #88
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Ladin

Oh, and it's Bulsan, btw, I wasn't sure.
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Old July 28th, 2009, 10:33 PM   #89
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Interesting, I have never heard of that language before... but it's really small, only 30,000 speakers.
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Old July 28th, 2009, 10:35 PM   #90
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There are three official languages in Südtirol: German, Italian, and Ladin. 99% is signed in both German and Italian, but only in a small part of Südtirol they also sign everything in Ladin.
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Old July 31st, 2009, 01:03 AM   #91
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Some highway signs in southern Spain are in both Spanish and Arabic, for travelers returning to the Islamic world through Morocco...
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Old August 2nd, 2009, 08:33 AM   #92
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In New Zealand, place names are both in English and Maori, although usually it's a Maori name or English name. But the trouble is with tourists who can speak a little bit of English and find that they need to travel to a place like Kaiteriteri, Wanganui or Tauranga with a name in a language they can't even speak. Makes giving directions a lot harder for us locals.
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Old August 2nd, 2009, 09:36 AM   #93
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I have hardly seen any bilangual sign in NZ. The only exception I have seen (and made a picture of it) was this one where Aoraki was translated (and that is not pleasent point, but mount cook).

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Old August 3rd, 2009, 10:51 AM   #94
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I meant not as in two languages. I meant as in tourists who come over and then can't pronounce Maori place names. I don't have anything against it or anything, but it makes it hard to give directions. We try to help.
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Old December 2nd, 2009, 08:31 PM   #95
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Have you had any problems fitting foreing city names into GPS devices? I once had a GPS (old one, retired and trashed for good) which couldn't recongnize "ss" for the German Beta, rendering impossible to select any sreetname which had a duplicate in the same city. Once I got lost (misdirected) in Stuttgart. At least is would "fill in" the names when no different options existed from what I had already typed, otherwhise i'd have to locate any "strasse" manually, then select it.
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Old December 2nd, 2009, 09:09 PM   #96
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Probably one of the most controversial in Europe, next to former YU:





I find this layout worse:




This is not Russian, but Rusyn:



Kashubian:

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Old December 3rd, 2009, 12:21 AM   #97
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I took these photos in Székely Land / Székelyföld / Ţinutul Secuiesc.








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Old December 3rd, 2009, 01:00 AM   #98
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 02:42 AM   #99
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Hungarian, German, Slovenian:

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Old December 3rd, 2009, 07:37 AM   #100
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Here is a Chinese, English, and Korean road sign in Jilin, China.
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