Lost in Translation : Misadventures in English Abroad, Paperback Book

Lost in Translation : Misadventures in English Abroad Paperback

4.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


In today's world no self-respecting English-language enthusiast could have failed to notice the frequent and flagrant abuse of our native tongue by pesky foreigners. (Forgetting, for a moment, the fact that many nations speak our language better than we do.) Lost in Translation features hundreds of genuine, original and utterly ridiculous examples of the misadventures in English discovered all over the world by the author and his intrepid team of researchers.

Everything from hotel signs to baffling advertisements, such as the German beauty product offering a 'Cream shower for pretentious skin' or the Japanese bar that boasts 'Special cocktails for ladies with nuts', or the French warning at a swimming pool - 'Swimming is forbidden in the absence of the saviour.' Published in paperback for the first time this autumn, Lost in Translation demonstrates how widely the English language has travelled, though unfortunately some of it seems to have got a bit scrambled en route.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books Ltd
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  • Category: Translation & interpretation
  • ISBN: 9781843172727

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Not a book to read on the tube or metro, as you will not be able to stop laughing.

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What we have here is a very funny selection of mistranslations.From Madrid - "Our wine list leaves you nothing to hope for"USA menu item- French creeps"Thailand-"For our convenience,we do not accept checks"and Canary Islands -"If you telephone for room service you will get the answer you deserve.These are some of the more polite ones.

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An amusing collection of miss-translations from around the world and closer to home. Probably best not read in public to avoid embarrassing fitters! Some signs defy understanding.

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