Having accurate translations is important for so many reasons. But, mostly, it will keep your branded materials from going viral for all the wrong reasons.  We rounded up 16 funny, odd, and bizarre translation mistakes, from slogans to menu items.

Funny Translation Mistakes

funny translation mistakes

Funny translation mistakes and language mistakes surprise and delight us all. Depending on the context they can be called “Chinglish,” “Engrish,” “Spanglish,” or something along those lines. But usually they are called “Google Translate”!

Translation Mistakes in advertising

Sharing translation mistakes in advertising is not mockery. Rather there is something fascinating about how our language can be put in ways we would never have imagined.

Lost in translation bloopers

Nevertheless, when you are expanding your brand to a foreign market or when you are sending personal emails to foreign language speakers in your company, you don’t want to be known as the person whose communication is full of embarrassing mistakes in French, Spanish, Chinese, or whatever.


Translation Mistake

As you look at these funny, zany, wacky, and absurd translation bloopers, don’t laugh at the speakers of other languages. Instead, look at yourself and remember that this is how speakers of other languages view your content when you carelessly translate it with Google Translate for “free” or with unqualified translators for nearly free.

Translation Mistake

Remember that there is no such thing as “free translations.” You can pay UP FRONT by hiring good translators, or you can pay AFTER by using Google Translate. These costs come in the form of lost opportunities, lost customers, tarnished brand image, and possibly even lawsuits and hospital bills!

Translation Mistake

Always make sure that your content is translated into other languages by qualified expert translators who can relate your words as intelligently into a foreign language as you did into your own language.

Lego Translation Mistake, bad translation website


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Translation Mistake on Kit Kat Wrapper
translation fails in advertising KFC Slogan translation in China


Why Does Siri Always Get It Wrong?

See our article Funny Siri Responses and What It Tells Us About Computer Translations.


Lays Potato Chip Translation

menu translation fails

weird translation fails
Chinese English translation, strange translations


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funny google translate fails, restaurant menu
Funny google translate mistakes, restaurant menu

We hope these funny translation fails can be a cautionary tale for everyone: Don’t entrust your content to either a computer or unqualified freelancers for translation. Work with translators with expertise in the subject matter of the content as well as qualification in the translation profession.

Here’s one last picture. The people translating the menu couldn’t find a translation of the dish, so they put . . . .

Translation mistake on food menu


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