How often have you been abroad and come across an “unusual” use of your native language? Translations by non-professional translators, even of seemingly simple phrases, can range from the slightly dubious to the downright hilarious.
“We take your bags and send them in all directions” Scandinavian airline
“Consummation on the balcony is offered for extra payment” Italian mountain restaurant
“Our wines leave you nothing to hope for” Swiss restaurant menu
“When passenger of foot heave in sight, tootle the horn. Trumpet him melodiously at first, but if he still obstacles your passage then tootle him with vigor.” Car rental brochure in Tokyo
These quotes are examples of the lighter side of what can happen if you fail to employ a professional translator. The more important your text is to you, the more crucial it is that you employ a professional translator translating into their native tongue.