When using any kind of translation helper--dictionary, Babel Fish or Google Translate - remember that if you don't know the target language, you should always have a native speaker take a look at the final product. Otherwise, your results might be as flamboyantly incompetent as those in this shop window, which I passed not long ago in midtown Manhattan.
To attract foreign tourists, the store's owners have tried to translate "Welcome" into a variety of languages. But in almost every case, they chose something inapt. Here they are, starting at the top left:
Welcome (English): OK, this is right.
Empfang (German): Nope. This is "welcome" in the sense of a reception, like "they received a fine welcome," or the reception area in a hotel. It can't be used to greet people. That would be Willkommen.
accueil (French): Nope. This means "reception" or "greeting". They want bienvenue.
boas-vindas (Portuguese): Nope. Boas-vindas is a noun used the phrase dar as boas-vindas, "to give a welcome". But they want bem-vindo.
прием, (priyom) (Russian):..( Collapse )