Anyone who's ever tried to learn another language knows that translation is a difficult art to master. Cognates turn out to mean something else, prepositions aren't used the same way, idiomatic expressions become meaningless.
For the more than 50 million Hispanics living in the United States, 38 percent of whom are bilingual, navigating between two languages is often a daily occurrence -- and mistakes are known to happen.
Sometimes translation errors can lead to catastrophe. Take, for example, this mistranslation of a Delaware sign saying in English that children need parental supervision, but that in Spanish said children need a permit or they will be "susceptible to police action."
More often than not, however, mistranslations simply sound funny. Reach Hispanics, a Hispanic marketing blog, took notice of the phenomenon yesterday in a Twitter post.
Not surprisingly, there's a Flickr group devoted to documenting bad translations, and we've pulled a few of our favorites.
From overly literal translations to false cognates check out 10 of the best translation fails from English to Spanish and Spanish to English in the slideshow above. But don't let the possibility of goofing up keep you from learning another language.
10 English-Spanish Translation Fails
He has also provided quitemarvellous entertainment. Times, Sunday Times (2017)The results business or the entertainment industry? The Sun (2016)It has underfloor heating and home entertainment and security systems. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The financial and entertainment value are obvious as well as increasing the competition. The Sun (2016)Pluto in your famezone brings a chance for you to join the entertainment world. The Sun (2017)As with the rest of the entertainment industry, the future for gaming is online. Times, Sunday Times (2016)If you want all action on your holiday, look out for parks with entertainment plus for a great entertainment programme. The Sun (2016)Whether this means he will be the first voted out may depend not on how competent a dancer he is, but on his entertainment value. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The group said that the fruits of'the profitable home entertainment window' would be visible in the second half. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The American vocalist is one of those rare performers who can strike an intelligentbalance between pop and jazz, art and entertainment. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Savehundreds of pounds with our exclusive arts and entertainment offers. Times, Sunday Times (2008)We have to give more entertainment to the fans. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Those with a mixedcatchment area provide the most entertainment. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The same goes for the entertainment industry. Times, Sunday Times (2006)They also credit the economy for pushing people towards pure entertainment. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Passengers would also have to make do without entertainment systems. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Which offers more entertainment value than most of them. Times, Sunday Times (2012)You could be enjoyingsuccesslinked to the entertainment world. The Sun (2014)For art and entertainment go to timesonline. Times, Sunday Times (2008)This is a series that gives entertainment a good name. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Champagne was served on the roofterrace and a magician provided entertainment. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The move was slammed by the adult entertainment industry and freespeech campaigners. The Sun (2016) People in the entertainment business just seem to burn money. Times, Sunday Times (2008)There was nobody to touch him when it came to entertainment value and deadlyperil. The Sun (2013)This could lead to a job in the entertainment world. The Sun (2012)Seeing herself as entertainment for men gives her a terriblemessage. The Sun (2010)The entertainment industry is reeling from a permissiveculture that was out of control. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Now the priority is entertainment and the people who watch it. Times, Sunday Times (2013)It says all you need to know about this match that the local seagulls provided the best entertainment. Times, Sunday Times (2015)These bitterrivals dished up the sort of entertainment home fans thought had been consigned to the history books. The Sun (2016)Entertainment programmes are hard to come by, so strong ones like this are at a premium. The Sun (2015)What's not fine is the idiotichotel entertainment system. Times, Sunday Times (2010)On the other hand, look on our mighty home entertainment centres and either rejoice or despair. The Times Literary Supplement (2010)And they invented a form of art and entertainment that was popular throughout the world '. The Times Literary Supplement (2012)Hitdramas, reality shows and entertainment programmes are scarcecommodities in the TV industry. Times, Sunday Times (2015)
I believe entertainment can aspire to be art, and can become art, but if you set out to make art you're an idiotSteve Martin
This day my wife made it appear to me that my late entertainment this weekcost me above £12, an expense which I am almostashamed of, though it is but once in a great while, and it is the end for which, in the most part, we live, to have such a merry day once or twice in a man's lifeSamuel PepysDiary