Google translate tells me that the German for mobile phone signal is Handy-Signal. Is that right? It sounds a bit odd and I was wondering if anyone can tell me whether it is correct.
In German we call a cell phone »Handy«. As far as I know it has nothing to do with the English word »handy«. The German word »Handy« was created in the 1980'ies and comes from English »handheld«. And this also the reason for the English pronunciation of this word.
The Word Signal means quite the same as in English. So the term cell phone signal becomes Handysignal or Handy-Signal (both writings are correct) when translated into German.
In Sweden a cellphone is called a »Ficktelefon« (see http://www.ficktelefon.com), which sounds even more weird to German ears than »Handy« sounds to an English native speaker, since the German word »Ficktelefon« translates into English as »fuck phone«.