When Signs Go “Bad”


Inaccurate translations happen everywhere. Scandinavians are known for their good command of the English language, but very often they speak it with a funny dialect. Today we welcome you to take a moment to share a laugh.

Have a laugh while studying signs go “bad”

Cocktail lounge, Norway:
Ladies are Requested Not to have Children in the Bar

At a Budapest zoo:
PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS. If you have any suitable food, give it to the guard on duty

Hotel, Acapulco:
The Manager has Personally Passed All the Water Served Here

Car rental brochure, Tokyo:
“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 vigor.”


On an Athi River highway:
TAKE NOTICE: When this sign is under water, this road is impassable.

Tokyo hotel’s rules and regulations:
Guests are requested NOT to smoke or do other disgusting behaviors in bed.

In an East African newspaper:
A new swimming pool is rapidly taking shape since the contractors have thrown in the bulk of their workers.

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

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

In a New Zealand restaurant:
Open seven days a week, and weekends too.

Restaurant window:
Don’t stand there and be hungry. Come on in and get fed up.

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

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

A menu in Vienna:
Fried milk, children sandwiches, roast cattle and boiled sheep.

Hotel, Japan:
You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid.

At a Korean restaurant in Auckland, New Zealand:
We do not re-use the food.

Supermarket, Hong Kong:
For your convenience, we recommend courteous, efficient self-service.

Outside Paris dress shop:
Dresses for street walking.

In a Rhodes tailor shop:
Order your summers suit. Because is big rush we will execute customers in strict rotation.

A sign on a car in Manila, Philippines:
Car and owner for sale.

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

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

War museum on the River Kwai, Thailand:
The Museum is building now – sorry for the visitor

Outside of Hong Kong:
Ladies may have a fit upstairs.

In a Bangkok dry cleaner’s:
Drop your trousers here for best results.

In an advertisement by a Hong Kong dentist:
Teeth extracted by the latest Methodists.

Doctor’s Office, Rome:
Specialists in women and other diseases.

Instructions for a soap bubble gun:
While solution is not toxic it will not make child edible.

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

Detour sign in Kyushu, Japan:
Stop: Drive Sideways.

Sign at Mexican disco:
Members and non-members only.

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 that purpose.

Japanese hotel room:
Please to bathe inside the tub.

On a South African building:
Mental health prevention centre.

From Soviet Weekly:
There will be a Moscow Exhibition of Arts by 15,000 Soviet Republic painters and sculptors. These were executed over the past two years.

Instructions on a Korean flight:
Upon arrival at Kimpo and Kimahie Airport, please wear your clothes.

Aeroflot advert:
Introducing wide boiled aircraft for your comfort.

Belgrade hotel elevator:
To move the cabin, push button for wishing floor. If the cabin should enter more persons, each one should press a number of wishing floor. Driving is then going alphabetically by national order.

Athens hotel:
Visitors are expected to complain at the office between the hours of 9 and 11 A.M. daily.

And what about this one from a shop window in Oslo:
Closed between Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

So you see, inaccurate translations happen everywhere!