Funny Signs, Cards, Magnets in Chinglish & Engrish

Melbourne, Australia | 3670 Sales


Funny Signs, Cards, Magnets in Chinglish & Engrish

Melbourne, Australia 3670 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Note from shop owner Going on Vacation. All outstanding orders will ship on time. See you when I get back!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Nov 14, 2017

Going on Vacation. All outstanding orders will ship on time. See you when I get back!

Michael Bancroft

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Michael Bancroft


Funny signs, same same, but different

To make the funniest, highest quality engrish and chinglish signs, many equally integral steps must be undertaken.

Step 1. Synthesis
First, myself and my team of lovely ladies synthesise batches of Poly(methyl methacrylate) through emulsion polymerization, solution polymerization, and bulk polymerization. Generally, we gather under the bluest light possible, taking care to ensure our clothing, equipment and vials of liquids also match.

Step 2. Innovation
Next, I gather the most racially and age diverse crowd I can muster, then dress them in the blandest clothing possible. We all look for funny engrish and chinglish pictures on the internet. What a lark we have!

Step 3. Manufacturing
Putting the signs together is a very organic process, using everyday equipment found in the home. As you can see, the fact that my products are 100% handmade is very important to me. Unfortunately, this means I can't manufacture any more than six thousand units an hour.

Step 3. Reflection
I always make sure to wind down with a meander down at the local beach, set majestically against a mountainous, Tolkienesque backdrop. Sometimes I wear a shirt, but not often. This is a very pensive time for me.

Thank you so muchly for dropping by.

Shop members

  • Michael Bancroft


    Designer. Sign snapper. Card debosser. Vinyl cutting machine operator.

Shop policies

Last updated on August 4, 2017
What is Sign Fail?
Sign Fail pays an homage to the world of Chinglish or Engrish, the wonderful phenomenon of oddly-translated signs found throughout Asia and across the world. Now with my replica signs, cards and magnets, you an own your own little piece of ironic charm, complete with a lifetime, shoddy-translation guarantee. Perfect for the home, workplace, or as gifts for your friends.

Where do you get these translations?
I base them on images of funny signs photographed all over the world. Most of the original signs are from China (chinglish) and Japan (engrish), but we also have some Thai (tinglish), Korean, (konglish), French (franglais) and Indian signs, plus a few others. I only make replicas of actual, real-life signs.

Do these signs really exist out there?
Absolutely. Take any Sign Fail product and google the translation, you might just find the original sign amongst the images.

What are these signs made of?
My signs are made of a sturdy, 3mm (1/8") thick glossy plastic known as Acrylic Perspex. The lettering is made of gloss vinyl, which is applied on top. They are completely weatherproof and will last years both indoors an outdoors. To clean, gently wash with a soft cloth and soapy water, or for stubborn scuffs, use Eucalyptus oil and a cotton swab.

How do I hang them?
Anyway you like. They're fairly lightwieght and I've found that Velcro dots to be the most reliable, followed by, Blue-tac and double-sided tape. It's very easy to drill holes in them to screw or nail them down.

Do you take suggestions for new signs?
Of course! Send to michael [!at] Please keep image files to under 1mb.

Accepted payment methods

Visa Mastercard American Express Discover Apple Pay Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Please remember that these are handmade items, hence small imperfections will always occur from time to time. If one of my items does not meet your expectations, it can be returned for a full refund or exchange. Hopefully you will provide an explanation or pictures to describe the problem. Your feedback is very valuable to me. As soon as I have received the item back, I will refund the cost of the item to the buyer's Paypal account.

If you are unhappy with any of my products for any reason, please contact me before leaving neutral or negative feedback. Your happy is my business.

Shipping costs are non-refundable.
I accept credit card, Paypal and giftcards. When using Paypal, if payment has not been received after 3 days of placing an order, the order may be cancelled. Paypal is a very convenient and straightforward payment option, but please don't hesitate to contact me if you are having problems with payment.
All items will ship from Melbourne using Australia Post unless otherwise stated. Australia Post are a very dependable service and I ship to any country in the world.

Almost all items are made to order so please allow up to 5 business days after payment for dispatch.

Australia delivery time: usually within 3 business days of shipping.

Rest of the world delivery time: usually within 10 business days of shipping.


Due to the sometimes inconsistent nature of international delivery, it is best practise to wait until after 30 days has passed before declaring an order lost. If you think your order might have been lost, please get in touch and we will work out an arrangement.

I will always endeavour to ship your order within 24 hours of purchase, however, since these are made to order items and I cannot always anticipate demand, please allow up to 5 business days after payment for dispatch. Please note, very large or custom orders may require a longer than usual lead time. If you have a specific deadline in mind, please convo me before ordering to discuss.

I cannot be held responsible for any import taxes or customs duties that may apply to your country.


Unfortunately, tracking on international orders is no longer available. It is still available on Express and Registered Post deliveries.

Registered Post for orders outside of Australia

Registered Post is available upon request for orders outside of Australia. Registered Post packages require a signature upon delivery. Charges apply, calculated by weight. This extra payment is required before dispatch, directly to my Paypal account. Please convo me to discuss.

Express Post for orders within Australian

Express Post is available on Australian orders upon request. Charges apply, calculated depending on the weight of the order. This payment is required before dispatch, directly to my Paypal account. Please note: Express delivery pertains only to delivery times, not dispatch time. I do not offer a next-day service on orders. Please convo me to discuss.
Additional policies and FAQs
I wholeheartedly welcome suggestions for new products.

Please contact me if you are interested in a wholesale agreement.