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Hello, dear readers.
Today we have a few interesting phrases or labels in English that can be found in different countries and places. Be aware – it is not correct English! The correct variant is also provided.
1. Cocktail lounge, Norway:
LADIES ARE REQUESTED NOT TO HAVE CHILDREN IN THE BAR.
Correct: Ladies are requested not to take children to the bar.
2. At a Budapest zoo:
PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS.
IF YOU HAVE ANY SUITABLE FOOD, GIVE IT TO THE GUARD ON DUTY.
Correct: Please, do not feed the animals. If you have any suitable food, ask the guard on duty for permission.
3. Doctor’s office in Rome:
SPECIALIST IN WOMEN AND OTHER DISEASES.
Correct: Specialist in problems of women and other diseases.
4. Information booklet about using a hotel air conditioner. Japan:
COOLES AND HEATES: IF YOU WANT CONDITION OF WARM AIR IN YOUR ROOM, PLEASE CONTROL
Correct: … please, control (operate) it by yourself.
5. In Aamchi Mumbai restaurant:
OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, AND WEEKENDS TOO.
Correct: Open all week including weekends.
6. The best! In a Tokyo bar:
SPECIAL COCKTAILS FOR THE LADIES WITH NUTS.
Correct: Special cocktails with nuts for the ladies.
7. 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.
Correct: You are welcome to visit cemetery daily except Thursday. It is the place where famous Russian and Soviet composers, artists and writers are buried.
8. Hotel, Zurich:
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.
Correct: … it is suggested that the lobby be used for entertaining.
9. Advertisement by a Hong Kong dentist:
TEETH EXTRACTED BY THE LATEST METHODISTS.
Correct: Teeth are extracted using the latest methods.
10. A laundry in Rome:
LADIES, LEAVE YOUR CLOTHES HERE AND SPEND THE AFTERNOON HAVING A GOOD TIME.
Correct: Ladies, leave your outer clothes here. Spend the afternoon having a good time.
11. Tourist agency, Czechoslovakia:
TAKE ONE OF OUR HORSE-DRIVEN CITY TOURS. WE GUARANTEE NO MISCARRIAGES.
Correct: horse-driven !?
12. Advertisement for donkey rides, Thailand:
WOULD YOU LIKE TO RIDE ON YOUR OWN ASS?
Correct: No mistake. Just funny.
13. The box of a clockwork toy made in Hong Kong:
GUARANTEED TO WORK THROUGHOUT ITS USEFUL LIFE.
Correct: Can’t get the humor here. Can you?
14. Airline ticket office, Copenhagen:
WE TAKE YOUR BAGS AND SEND THEM IN ALL DIRECTIONS.
Correct: We take your bags and send them wherever you need.
15. In a Japanese cemetery:
PERSONS ARE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING FLOWERS FROM ANY BUT THEIR OWN GRAVES.
Correct: ? It is so terrible…
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