Weekend Photo Theme is a weekly photography article where Dale or Franca choose a theme, select 5 pictures to sum that theme up & tie them together with their interests of Architecture, Art, Design & Travel.
It happened in the past that I heard people complaining about traveling in countries where the locals didn’t speak any English. How disrespectful is that?
Going somewhere and expecting that everyone speaks your own language is in my opinion very bad and lazy in a way. In fact we – as visitors – should make the effort to learn some basic words of the local language, enough to ask for the essential or to politely answer any possible questions.
I understand that sometimes there might not be the time to do so, but that should be our problem, we shouldn’t take it on the local people living in the countries we go to.
Having said that, when in a foreign country and I see a translation mistake on signs, it makes me smile and in a way reminds me of when I was learning English in the UK and of all the errors I used to make (and sometimes still do).
Here are some ‘lost in translation’ mistakes we caught during our travels.