Before sharing the following ten funny signs, you have to give other countries credit for attempting to post them in English. There are so many ways a phrase or a word can be misinterpreted when plugging it into Google Translate. Grammar and multiple words with similar meanings can lead us astray. That said, you can‚Äôt help but smile when coming across some of these examples, such as the ones listed below.
China | Public Toilet Tourism
Spain | S.H.I.T. Hostel
South Africa | Danger ahead fasten safety belts and remove dentures
Japan | Danger, if you fall in the pond, you will be boiled
Canada | Virus Internet Cafe
Kashmir: India and Pakistan | I am curve(a)ceous be slow
France | No fly tipping
New Zealand | Danger, military target area, do not touch anything, it may explode and kill you
Tanzania | Be aware of invisibility
Vietnam | Take luggage of foreigner, no charge
Things can be so easily lost in translation. I remember the first day of my study abroad in Seville, Spain, and I was excited to speak Spanish with the family who was hosting my stay for the semester. The mother asked me if I had found the bathroom, and I said‚ “Yes, I found it and just washed my hands with sopa.” She looked at me really oddly and laughed. Sopa does not mean soap in Spanish, it means soup. Keep your eyes and mind open upon disembarking your next flights to Spain, France or any other country, because sometimes it‚Äôs the fun, little things you experience in life that tend to standout in your mind years down the road.