Was driving a brace of Porsche Cayenne SUVs a few weeks ago.
No, this is not another diatribe against big SUVs. The economic melt-down and fuel pricing situation have accomplished what intelligence and logic could not.
Both of those units had Satellite Navigation, as we have come to expect in up-scale vehicles, although the near-universal adoption of smart phones with built-in SatNav surely is a harbinger of the buggy-whip status of that automotive option.
The Porsche system works pretty well, and is reasonably intuitive to operate.
But I swear, when the lovely lady buried somewhere behind the dashboard means to tell you to "Please make a right turn onto Commercial Avenue", she actually says, "Please make a right turn onto Commercial Allee" - "allee", pronounced "al-AY", being the German word for large urban road.
I had several other people confirm that I wasn't hearing things.
Well, that I WAS hearing things, but they heard the SAME thing.
Everything else in the system is properly translated. Inge (I called her 'Inge') does not otherwise speak with a CHUR-mann accent. In fact, like many German English speakers, there's more of a British cast to her voice.
She gets "street" and "road" fine.
But "avenue" becomes "allee".
Ich verstehe nicht…