No doubt at some point on your travels you have seen a poorly-translated sign that has made you chuckle. In this blog we have gathered a few of the best of these from around the world.
Japanese car hire leaflet: “When passenger of foot heave into sight, tootle the horn. Trumpet him melodiously at first, but if he still obstacles your passage then tootle him with vigour”
Munich hotel: “In your room is a minibar filled with alcoholics”
Spanish beach: “Beach of irregular bottoms”
Hotel in Canary Islands: “Great entertainment – live paella”
Hotel brochure, Copenhagen: “In fire, the bells rings three times. There is a fine escape on each floor. For other amusements see page 3”
Airline brochure: “Wide boiled aircraft for your comfort”
Japanese Zoo, by monkey enclosure: “You had better deposit your baggage into the charge free lockers or it will be ours. But we are not interested in your camera. We do not like to be stared at our eyes. If you do so, we are not responsible for what will happen. We do not hope to be such a monkey. Please, refrain from feeding us”
Guide to Buenos Aires: “Several of the local beaches are very copular in the summer”
In bathroom on train, China: “Don’t throw things in the pond”
Cornish hotel: “Will any guest wishing to take a bath please make arrangements to have one with Mrs Harvey”
Sign by swimming pool in Shanghai: “Bottom of pond very hard and not far from top of water”
Budapest: “Forbidden to hang out of hotel window. Person which do so will be charge for clean up mess on footpath”
Prague hotel: “Water is officially drinkable (but not for sucklings) but we don’t recommend to drink it”
Menu in Thailand: “Limpid red beets soup with cheesy dumplings in the form of a finger” and “Beef rashers beaten up in the country people’s fashion”
Japanese car park: “Please get a punch at window no.2”
Czech Republic: “We like 2 please our customers but if u r unhappy please see the manager who will give u total satisfaction”
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Examples in this blog were originally quoted in Telegraph Travel, October 6 2007 and the internet.