Monday, August 25, 2008

For my German speaking friends

Here's a sign posted at the Johnson Space Center. Wonder if they used an online translator tool? Or just a dictionary? Or what? Either way, I thought it was hilarious. :p

7 comments:

Shannon said...

Ok, I only speak a teeny bit of German, but I'd love to know what this says. I'm guessing something about having your cell phones off, but I don't know for sure. Maybe it's not a funny translation in English?

Doreen said...

Okay, so there are several parts that are funny. First, "Nachricht!" It means "message", though I'm sure the same sign in English says something along the lines of "Attention!" "Zelle Telefone" is supposed to be cell phones. The German word for which is "Handy" (pronounced like handy in English...). Zelle in German can be either cell (like the cells living things are made of), or a room in a jail, among other things. "Ausschaltstellung" means something like "off position". Essentially, instead of saying "must be turned off", it says "must be in the off position". And I realize explaining it isn't nearly as funny. :p It's kind of like saying "Message! Cell telephones and pagers must be turned to the off position." Instead of "Attention! Cell phones and pagers must be turned off." Which still doesn't sound nearly as funny as this sign sounds to someone who is actually German. :p

Jared said...

I knew the "Nachricht!" wasn't right, but I couldn't quite place it. The "Zelle Telefone" made me laugh.

Science Teacher Mommy said...

Any self-respecting U2 fan at least knows Achtung! Right?

Doreen said...

Well, apparently the folks at the JSC aren't U2 fans. ;o)

KarateMommy said...

Hey - I meant to tell you that your blog picture looks great! i really, really, REALLY like that darker hair color on you!! :)

Mimi said...

LOL! Zelle! It sounded like your 1 prison call you get to make: "Zelle Telefone!"
I saw a trash can that said in German and English: "Abfall" and "Fall away"