Hilarious Translation Clanger Causes Chaos

mistranslated Welsh road sign

Miscommunication can be caused by so many different things

The road sign in the picture is, to my mind, a classic.

In Wales all road signs must be in both English and Welsh so when officials were putting up a new road sign they emailed the details to the official translation service, they thought the reply was what they needed, and the sign was painted and put up.

Unfortunately, the e-mail response to Swansea council actually said in Welsh: “I am not in the office at the moment. Send any work to be translated”.

The notice went up and all seemed well – until Welsh speakers began pointing out the embarrassing error.

Good intentions and officials who thought that they had done a good job but sadly a sign that carried absolutely the wrong message to the Welsh drivers.

Working as we do in the area of House Sitting we realise just how easily people can misunderstand a message. As a result at Christian House Sitters we try our best to build in a lot of safety nets so that nobody is either misled or confused.

All our home owners are asked a lot of specific questions about the house for which they want a sitter. Questions ranging from the number of available bedrooms down to the kitchen appliances and the availability of TV, phone line and internet access. We also ask owners to supply a picture of the house.

We also encourage both owners and sitters to have everything put down in writing before they house sit is agreed. (We even provide a draft template to make this easy).

In our experience these steps lead to much greater clarity for the potential sitters. Sitters know what is being offered and what will be expected from them before they agree to take on the house sit.

Being clear before finalising a house sit means that both parties feel secure, happy and benefit from the arrangement.

The Sitters enjoy their rent-free vacation without any nasty surprises and the Owners have their home and pets looked after free of charge by happy sitters.

If you are interested in having someone look after your home and pets while you are away please register as an owner. Remember it will not cost you anything.

If you would like to have a rent-free vacation (we have homes available all over the world) then register as a Sitter

Full details are on our website or if you have questions you can contact me.

God bless you,





Author: housesitters

ABOUT Christian House Sitters Christian House Sitters is a Worldwide ministry that started in order to provide holidays for Christians and sitters for owners who needed a reliable Christian to look after their home, pets and garden. House owners do not pay anything to have their property listed. House sitters are only charged £25 per year and in return for this some enjoy numerous holidays each year. All fees from membership go to sponsor food for children at the Home of Peace Children’s Home in Kenya. This only supplies about a quarter of what is needed to feed the children so we urgently need sponsors. All funds go via our Registered Charity TLC Children’s Trust Charity Number 1156786 website http://www.tlc-childrenstrust.org N.B. Joining Christian House Sitters does NOT commit you to sponsoring a child or giving any support beyond your membership fee to these children. Although naturally if you want to support that would be greatly appreciated. We have some regular sponsors and other people who give an occasional gift. All are greatly appreciated. ABOUT RAY & MARILYN We are Marilyn & Ray White. A fun loving Christian couple who have been in Christian work for over 30 years. Marilyn was born in England but moved to Zimbabwe as a baby. At the age of 16 she moved to South Africa. Ray was born in South Africa and grew up on a farm. We met in Johannesburg and got married in 1966. Ray worked in business for many years then he worked for YfC in South Africa then went on to Bible College and Pastored a church. In 1982 we moved from South Africa to England. In addition to his theological training Ray trained in Psychology and since moving to the UK he has lectured in Psychology, counselled for the NHS and opened a Christian Counselling Centre. Marilyn is also a trained counsellor and manager. In addition to the counselling we trained Christian counsellors both in our local area and by invitation in other areas of the UK. In total over 700 people completed the training courses. Many are serving the Lord by working in or through their local churches. We also ran a secular Stress Management business. We are now semi-retired and focus our time and attention on Christian House Sitters and Ray also serves as a member of our Church Leadership Team. Ray also has an active preaching ministry and runs Christian seminars on subjects such as stress management for church groups. He has written two books. A Christian book that is a very practical workbook on Christian commitment as applied to real life. The book looks at how we can surrender ourselves more fully to God. This is looked at under the headings of Physical, Mental, Social and Spiritual commitment. The book is called Let’s Get Serious. He has also written a secular book on Stress Management called Stress Overcoming this Potential Killer. (Ray was previously Chair of the International Stress Management Association UK). News Update This book has now been released as an e-book as well A few years ago we did a 2 month House Sit in France. Whilst there we felt the Lord leading us to set up a Christian House Sitting service. Since then we have done a number of other house sits. We believe this site will benefit many Christians around the world. Feel free to contact us (BUT please no spam) NOTE: If you want a fast reply the best way to contact us is via the contact page on the Christian House Sitters website www.christian-housesitters.com God bless you, Ray & Marilyn

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