"Waiter! There’s an insect of the order Diptera in my soup!"
The following genuine examples are an amusing reminder of what can happen when you don't use a professional translation company...
On menu of Swiss restaurant: "Our wines leave you nothing to hope for."
On the door of a Moscow hotel room - "If this is your first visit to the USSR, you are welcome to it!"
Useful advice on how to drive Tokyo style: "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."
Bucharest hotel lobby: "The lift is being fixed for the next day. During that time we regret that you will be unbearable."
In Austrian ski resort: "Not to perambulate the corridors in the hours of repose in the boots of ascension."
Shop entrance in Majorca: "English well talking. Here speeching American."
In a Paris hotel elevator: "Please leave your values at the front desk."
In a Bangkok dry cleaner's: "Drop your trousers here for best results."
On menu of Polish restaurant: "Salad a firm's own make: limpid red beet soup with cheesy dumplings in the form of a finger; roasted duck let loose; beef rashers beaten up in the country people's fashion." [Wonder if they ever caught the duck?!]
All goes to show - when it comes to translation,
you need the professionals!
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