Engrish is a slang term for the misuse or corruption of the English language by native speakers of some East Asian languages. The term itself relates to Japanese speakers’ tendency to inadvertently substitute the English phonemes “R” and “L” for one another, because the Japanese language has one alveolar consonant in place for both.

While the term may refer to spoken English, it is more often used to describe written English. Engrish can be found in many places, including signs, menus, and advertisements.