There are so many different languages and dialects all over the world. Did you know that India, for example, has 23 different official languages, with over 720 dialects? It’s funny to think about how all these languages came to be from the beginning of time. But with so many ways of saying the same thing, things can often get lost in translation.
Most of us know one or two languages, the most competent of us know several more, and a rare few are polyglots – people who know more than 12 languages. But no one in the world knows every language that exists. That would be amazing, but unfortunately, it’s not possible to pick up on so many different dialects (even if you’re name is Sheldon Cooper).
Despite the cultural differences – or maybe because of it – tourism is a blossoming industry all over the world. People travel to other countries to capture the essence of a culture that’s different from their own, to experience new and exciting things. Traveling the world is a lot of fun, and it can really enrich your intellect if you open your eyes and pay attention to things.
Tourism is a huge industry, which brings a lot of money to many businesses, like stores, restaurants, and tourism sights. This is why the owners of these businesses feel the need to approach these tourists in a language they’re more likely to understand. A tourist isn’t likely to understand a sign in Japanese or Thai, but chances are higher for them to understand English.
As one of the most spoken languages in the world, English is a common ground for business owners to address tourists. But sometimes, their own English is a little rusty (or they don’t even know it), and that’s where things get a little more complicated – and extremely funny.
From using broken English to online translation fails, there are plenty of mistakes and errors that will probably make you laugh out. Signs, restaurant menus, and even tattoos have gone horribly wrong when someone tried to translate them to English. Whether it makes no sense at all, or makes for a ridiculous and even menacing translation, these hilarious translation fails prove that communicating in another language is no easy thing.