One of those ‘nothing very much happened’ days… slept late, fruit salad for brekky (much whipped cream and semi-sweet chocolate was involved), took AAH to get a pair of jazz dance shoes, then to paint store to choose paint for her room [red! yikes… she’ll see red all the time!] and since there was a pet store next door, ducked in there to buy Polly some ant eggs for her gourmet pleasure [yes, you read that right]. And for our gourmet pleasure – some cake and pastries were picked up at the bakery on the way home. After which coffee/tea were brewed and pastries imbibed until I could no longer procrastinate and had to sit my butt down at the computer to try to finish an assignment I have promised to deliver bright and early Monday morning. Which demands being worked on at the weekend because I spend TOO MUCH DAMN TIME READING BLOGS AND WRITING WEATHER REPORTS during proper working hours.
Bad, bad YT.
JEEZ, HIRE A TRANSLATOR, OK?!
Or – no, on second thought, don’t. ‘Cause these are good:
At a Budapest zoo:
PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS. IF YOU HAVE ANY SUITABLE FOOD, GIVE IT TO THE GUARD ON DUTY.
Doctor’s office, Rome:
SPECIALIST IN WOMEN AND OTHER DISEASES.
Information booklet about using a hotel air conditioner, Japan:
COOLES AND HEATES: IF YOU WANT CONDITION OF WARM AIR IN YOUR ROOM, PLEASE CONTROL YOURSELF.
Tokyo hotel’s rules and regulations:
GUESTS ARE REQUESTED NOT TO SMOKE OR DO OTHER DISGUSTING BEHAVIOURS IN BED.
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.
Hotel lobby, Bucharest:
THE LIFT IS BEING FIXED FOR THE NEXT DAY. DURING THAT TIME WE REGRET THAT YOU WILL BE UNBEARABLE.
And a YT personal favourite:
Car rental brochure, Tokyo:
WHEN PASSENGER OF FOOT HEAVE IN SIGHT, TOOTLE THE HORN. TRUMPET HIM MELODIOUSLY AT FIRST, BUT IF HE STILL OBSTACLES YOUR PASSAGE THEN TOOTLE HIM WITH VIGOUR.
TODAY’S WEATHER WAS…
A brief respite from too damn freezing cold. Current temps are around 2° C (36.5 F) and when EPI and I went for our little hike around the golf course it actually rained on us. The sun came up at 10.36 and set at 16.43. Getting long! Er. Long-er.
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These are hilarious! I know what you mean–I spend so much time on blogs that I neglect my work and have to cram it in at the last minute. I am bad, BAD!
The one about tootling the horn made me guffaw out loud!
My favourite French-English literal translation was one of the items on offer at the canteen of the place I worked at in Brussels:
“Gratinated Leguminous Plants”
I love them, especially the part about “trumpeting melodiously.”
These are hilarious. For some reason, I particularly like the Bucharest one.
Thanks so much for stopping by my site yesterday. You have a great one yourself!
These are not so much “Lost in Translation” but extracts from actual letters submitted to Local Councils and Housing Associations here. Saw these in the local paper today!
1. “I want some repairs done to my cooker as I have backfired and burnt my knob off.”
2. “I wish to complain that my father hurt his ankle very badly when he put his foot in the hole in his back passage.”
3.”…..and their 18 year old is continually banging his balls against my fence.” Louise 🙂
I really like people young and old who blog, it is actually hard to gather this kind of awareness just about any way. Superb work.