Lost in the Welsh Translation

Oct 24, 2013 by

Welsh Bilingual Sign Lost in Translation http://tinyurl.com/5e37xw

Welsh Bilingual Sign Lost in Translation http://tinyurl.com/5e37xw

In Wales, most public signs are bilingual, written in both the Welsh and English language. Sometimes, however, the translation from Welsh to English seems to get lost in translation.

In 2008, the Swansea local council decided they needed a bilingual sign warning supermarket delivery trucks not to use a nearby residential road. A request was sent to a translator service for the Welsh version of the language needed for the sign, and the council received a quick reply–“Nid wyf yn y swyddfa ar hyn o bryd. Anfonwch unrhyw waith i’w gyfieithu“. The sign was promptly designed in English and Welsh and installed at the proper location–problem solved.

Er, not quite.

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