Humor in Translation, Translation Jokes, Funny Translation, Wrong Translation, Lost in Translation, embarrassing translation, they all refer to the same concept: Meaning is not conveyed accurately, but they still offer many of us something to smile at. They may add entertainment to our conversation, yet they may also cause mishaps. This is often attributed to the social, cultural and linguistic variations of different languages. The influence of the translator’s first language, culture and social setting lead to producing translation that may make perfect sense to the translator but most definitely sound weird to the recipient. One of the important elements that may contribute to this is the translator’s poor sociolinguistic mastery of the target language. He/she thinks what works in the source language can be copied and applied to the target language despite fundamental differences in the manner people express themselves in their respective social, cultural and linguistic environments. One thing remain constant however, humorous, funny, weird and wrong translation offer us in most cases a good laugh although it may sometimes cause embarrassment or even a serious rift on the personal and even official levels if such mishaps occur in a more serious settings, such as high ranking diplomatic, business, legal events where language propriety and accuracy make the difference between success and failure. However, we may ultimately all have something to reminisce or even laugh at. Enjoy and share with others…

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Funny Translation Jokes:

- Cocktail lounge, Norway: Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar.

- Airline ticket office, Copenhagen: We take your bags and send them in all directions.

- Hotel, Vienna: In case of fire, do your utmost to alarm the hotel porter.

- At a Budapest zoo: Please do not feed the animals. if you have any suitable food, give it to the guard on duty.

- Hotel lobby, Bucharest: The lift is being fixed for the next day. during that time we regret that you will be unbearable.

- Doctor's office, Rome: Specialist in women and other diseases.

- A laundry in Rome: Ladies, leave your clothes here and spend the afternoon having a good time.

- In an Italian cemetery: Persons are prohibited from picking flowers from any but their own graves.

- 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.

- In a Swiss Mountain inn: Special today - No ice-cream.

- On the menu of a Swiss restaurant: Our wines leave you nothing to hope for.

- A sign posted in Germany's Black Forest: It is strictly forbidden on our Black Borest 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 sign seen on an automatic restroom hand dryer in Germany: Do not activate with wet hands.

- On the grounds of a private school in Scotland: No trespassing without permission.

- Hotel elevator, Paris: Please leave your values at the front desk.

- Hotel, Yugoslavia: The flattening of underwear with pleasure is the job 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.

- Hotel catering to skiers, Austria: Not to perambulate the corridors in the hours of repose in the boots of ascension.

- Taken from a menu, Poland: 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 in the country people's fashion.

- From the Soviet Weekly: Here will be a Moscow exhibition of arts by 15,000 Soviet Republic painters and sculptors. These were executed over the past two years.

- On the door of a Moscow hotel room: If this is your first visit to the USSR, you are welcome to it.

- Tourist agency, Czechoslovakia: Take one of our horse-driven city tours. We guarantee no miscarriages.

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