Bad translations are often a touch of the absurd in the most banal or the most institutionalized of situations. Sometimes, the original message is impossible to guess. At other times, what borders on the nonsensical is enthused with a childlike innocence or has a poetic edge. Most of the time, these translations involve languages from completely different families.
They entail a total loss of credibility in standard business contexts, one which is insidious because invisible to the publisher. For people on holiday, delighted to find messages designed especially for them, these flowery formulas add to an area’s picturesque character; they are the clever achievement of foreignness through familiarity itself.
Because Mytranslation loves high quality translations just as much as their ludicrous counterparts (yes, we’re prepared to admit it), we’d absolutely love it if you could send us pictures of the funniest translations you’ve ever come across. We’ll pick the five best ones and publish them on our blog.
Please send your photos of funny translations to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, here’s some inspiration for you!
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