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      Which of these are actual real signs?
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      • Menu: Our wines leave you nothing to hope for

      • Hotel: You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid

      • Elevator: Please leave your values at the front desk

      • All of them are real

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      1. Which of these are actual real signs?
        1. Menu: Our wines leave you nothing to hope for
        2. Hotel: You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid
        3. Elevator: Please leave your values at the front desk
        4. All of them are real
        1. On a real menu in a Swiss restaurant: Our wines leave you nothing to hope for. In a Japanese hotel: You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid. 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 Paris hotel elevator: Please leave your values at the front desk.
      2. In Italy, a campaign for Schweppes Tonic Water translated the name into:
        1. Schwepps Health Water
        2. Schweppes Toilet Water
        3. Svepps Healthy Water
        4. Schweppes Holy Water
      3. A Pepsi marketing slogan was translated into chinese; it read:
        1. 'Pepsi Brings You Back to Life'
        2. 'Pepsi Adds Life into the Living'
        3. 'Pepsi Brings Your Ancestors Back from the Grave'
        4. 'Pepsi Helps You Become Alive'
        1. When Pepsi began marketing it's products in China, they were using a slogan that read ''Pepsi Brings You Back to Life''. Translated into Chinese however, the slogan meant, ''Pepsi Brings Your Ancestors Back from the Grave'' [, name:Business Source]
      4. ''The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak'' going from Russian back to English became:
        1. ''The soul is happy but the body is light''
        2. ''The mind is ready but the skin is too thin''
        3. ''The attitude is strong but the body is hungry''
        4. ''The wine is good but the meat is rotten''
        1. Translating ''the linguistic fun page'' to Spanish resulted in:
          1. ''the linguistic page of recreation''
          2. ''the linguistica page of divertimento''
          3. ''the linguistic page of the amusement''
          4. ''the linguistic pagination of diversion''
          1. This is a fairly straightforward, idiom-free phase. Here are the results: French; ''the linguistic page of recreation'' German; ''the linguistic fun page'' Italian; ''the linguistica page of divertimento'' Portuguese; ''the linguistic page of the amusement'' Spanish; ''the linguistic pagination of the diversion''
        2. What is 'MIST' in German?
          1. Spray
          2. Clouds
          3. Dung
          4. Confused
          1. There are several examples of companies getting tangled up with bad translations of products due to the word ''mist''. We had ''Irish Mist'' (an alcoholic drink), ''Mist Stick'' (a curling iron from Clairol) and ''Silver Mist'' (Rolls Royce car) all flopping as ''mist'' in German means dung/manure. Fancy a glass of Irish dung?
        3. What does FRAGILE mean?
          1. broken
          2. easy to break
          3. be careful
          4. watch it
          1. A cross cultural example of the fact that int'l symbols are not interpreted the same across the world: staff at the African port of Stevedores saw the ''internationally recognized'' symbol for ''fragile'' (i.e. broken wine glass) and presumed it was a box of broken glass. They observed zero inclination to be careful with that merchandise.

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