Lonely Planet Writer

Lost in translation: your ultimate tongue-tied travel moments

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Lost in translation, or a watersports call-to-arms? Image by Ajay Tallam / CC BY-SA 2.0

You're feasting on local food, immersing yourself in a new culture, so it makes sense to try out the lingo. But it only takes a few slips of the tongue to mumble nonsense or insult the locals... We asked our fans and followers about times they'd hit a language barrier - hard - on their travels. Here are some of the translation fails that made us chuckle.

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