Posted by: Jodi | April 16, 2010

Friday Fun: Lost in Translation

These mistranslations come from Western Europe and are great examples of how a few misplaced or incorrect words can drastically change a sentence.  Enjoy!

  • Cocktail lounge, Norway: LADIES ARE REQUESTED NOT TO HAVE CHILDREN IN THE BAR.
  • Airline ticket office, Copenhagen: WE TAKE YOUR BAGS AND SEND THEM IN ALL DIRECTIONS.
  • Hotel, Vienna: IN CASE OF FIRE, DO YOUR UTMOST TO ALARM THE HOTEL PORTER.
  • At a Budapest zoo: PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS. IF YOU HAVE ANY SUITABLE FOOD, GIVE IT TO THE GUARD ON DUTY.
  • Hotel lobby, Bucharest: THE LIFT IS BEING FIXED FOR THE NEXT DAY. DURING THAT TIME WE REGRET THAT YOU WILL BE UNBEARABLE.
  • Doctor’s office, Rome: SPECIALIST IN WOMEN AND OTHER DISEASES.
  • A laundry in Rome: LADIES, LEAVE YOUR CLOTHES HERE AND SPEND THE AFTERNOON HAVING A GOOD TIME.
  • In an Italian cemetery: PERSONS ARE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING FLOWERS FROM ANY BUT THEIR OWN GRAVES.
  • Hotel brochure, Italy: THIS HOTEL IS RENOWNED FOR ITS PEACE AND SOLITUDE. IN FACT, CROWDS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD FLOCK HERE TO ENJOY ITS SOLITUDE.
  • In a Swiss Mountain inn: SPECIAL TODAY – NO ICE-CREAM.
  • On the menu of a Swiss restaurant: OUR WINES LEAVE YOU NOTHING TO HOPE FOR.
  • A sign posted in Germany’s Black Forest: IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN ON OUR BLACK FOREST CAMPING SITE THAT PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT SEX, FOR INSTANCE, MEN AND WOMEN, LIVE TOGETHER IN ONE TENT UNLESS THEY ARE MARRIED WITH EACH OTHER FOR THIS PURPOSE.
  • A sign seen on an automatic restroom hand dryer in Germany: DO NOT ACTIVATE WITH WET HANDS.
  • On the grounds of a private school in Scotland: NO TRESPASSING WITHOUT PERMISSION.
  • Hotel elevator, Paris: PLEASE LEAVE YOUR VALUES AT THE FRONT DESK.

This week’s Friday Fun comes from Alpha Dictionary, a free online dictionary and lots more.

Have a great weekend!

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Responses

  1. I’ve always loved how language transliteration changes meaning. I’m sure that the original of each of these made perfect sence in the originating tongue.

  2. Love your Friday posts. They always put a smile on my face. : )

    Gotta share this one on FB!

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