Lost in translation

These warning signs from places all over the globe show just how funny the English language can be when it’s lost in translation.

In a hotel in Zurich
Because of the impropriety of entertaining guests of the opposite sex in the bedroom, it is suggested that the lobby be used for this purpose.

In a cemetery
Persons are prohibited from picking flowers from any but their own graves.

In a Nairobi restaurant
Customers who find our waitresses rude ought to see the manager.

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On the main road to Mombasa, leaving Nairobi
Take notice: when this sign is under water, this road is impassable.

On a poster at Kencom
Are you an adult who cannot read? If so we can help.

In a Bangkok temple
It is forbidden to enter a woman, even a foreigner, if dressed as a man.

In a cocktail lounge in Norway
Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar.

In a doctor’s office in Rome
Specialist in women and other diseases.

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In a dry cleaners in Bangkok
Drop your trousers here for the best results.

In a Chinese restaurant
Open seven days a week and weekends.

A Tokyo hotel’s rules and regulations
Guests are requested not to smoke, or do other disgusting behaviours in bed.

On the menu in a Swiss restaurant
Our wines leave you nothing to hope for.

In a Japanese bar
Special cocktails for the ladies with nuts.

In a Croatian hotel
The flattening of underwear with pleasure, is the job of the chambermaid.

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In a hotel in Osaka
You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid.

In the lobby of a Moscow hotel, across from a Russian Orthodox monastery
You are welcome to visit the cemetery, where famous Russian and Soviet composers, artists and writers are buried daily, except Thursday.

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 Thai advertisement for donkey rides
Would you like to ride on your own ass?

In an airline ticket office in Copenhagen
We take your bags and send them in all directions.

In a Chinese jewellery store
Please don’t touch yourself, let us help you to try out. Thanks!

Which one is your favourite? Have you ever seen any signs such as these?

Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.