English Translation Fail

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7 Responses to “English Translation Fail”


  1. 1 Asad May 6, 2008 at 5:34 am

    Translations are always good. Here are the instructions for putting together a Mainstays brand shelf to hang in the shower:

    For correct installation of the shelves,please place the top shelf in the top slot of the unit. The middle shelf should be placed in the middle slot and the bottom shelf in the bottom shelf. Failure to install shelves as instructed will result in breakage of the unit.

  2. 2 Brian May 6, 2008 at 9:06 am

    all your bases are belong to us

  3. 3 Andy May 6, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Violators will be denounced! That is hilarious.

  4. 4 Sçium June 14, 2008 at 9:26 am

    Hah, that’s funny Asad. Once I recieved a toy helicopter manufactured in Japan. The results were, sadly, quite similar, with the instructions asking you to “Please press the throttle up to make the toy to go in the top direction.”

  5. 5 Allison June 28, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Denounced, eep! I hope violators won’t be shipped off to China for reeducation as well.

  6. 6 Hugh March 24, 2011 at 11:26 am

    I am curious to know if this sign is still in existence or if it has been corrected, because surely now there would be more awareness of language translation accuracy? This is a why I always say use a translation agency instead of doing a home job or relying on an automated translation tool. Language professionals can translate text by implementing a human factor that automated tools cannot comprehend. But I do have to admit, some of the errors I’ve come across have been pretty funny!

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