Machine Translation Strikes Again!!
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Dr. Jason Faulkner  Identity Verified
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May 23, 2008

Here's one that showed up in my inbox.

Watch out for those black mushrooms!

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Claudia Alvis  Identity Verified
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Chinglish May 23, 2008

Hilarious! Some of those platters have very phylosophical names: 'The water boils the beef; it's like there's some sort of mystical meaning to that.

Thanks for the laugh.

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Özden Arıkan  Identity Verified
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They sound like I Ching readings :-) May 23, 2008

Mod woman moves the plates across to lighter waters

[Edited at 2008-05-23 22:55]

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texjax DDS PhD  Identity Verified
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Özden! May 23, 2008

Özden Arıkan wrote:

They sound like I Ching readings

Oh man, I can't stop laughing, really!

Thank you guys, this was a good one!

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RNAtranslator  Identity Verified
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Would you like to experiment with drugs? May 24, 2008

Then, Catalan trains are the best place (Spain):

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ViktoriaG  Identity Verified
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Actually, I don't think that is MT May 24, 2008

I think this is rather pure, hardcore Chinglish and not MT. The kind that the restaurant owner's wife's cousin's neighbour, who can English [sic], put together using a dictionary and translating word-for-word.

What gave it away? The soil beans did, of course!

It is pretty hilarious, though!

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Emmanuelle Moulin  Identity Verified
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hehe May 25, 2008

it's a wonder they even got "welcome" right! thanks for sharing


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Rosina Peixoto  Identity Verified
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Funny translations into English Jun 1, 2008

In a Paris hotel elevator:
Please leave your values at the front desk.

In a hotel in Athens:
Visitors are expected to complain at the office between the hours of 9 and 11 a.m. daily.

In a Yugoslavian hotel:
The flattening of underwear with pleasure is the job of the chambermaid.

In a Japanese hotel:
You are invited to take advantage 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.

In an Austrian hotel catering to skiers:
Not to perambulate the corridors in the hours of repose in the boots of ascension.

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

On the menu of a Polish hotel:
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 up in the country people's fashion.

Outside a Hong Kong tailor shop:
Ladies may have a fit upstairs.

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

Outside a 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.

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

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

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

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

In a Czechoslovakian tourist agency:
Take one of our horse-driven city tours - we guarantee no miscarriages.

Advertisement for donkey rides in Thailand:
Would you like to ride on your own ass?

In a Swiss mountain inn:
Special today -- no ice cream. (kein Eis?)

In a Bangkok temple:
It is forbidden to enter a woman even a foreigner if dressed as a man.

In a Tokyo bar:
Special cocktails for the ladies with nuts.

In a Copenhagen airline ticket office:
We take your bags and send them in all directions.

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

In a Norwegian cocktail lounge:
Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar.

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

Cheers! Have a nice Sunday!

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