A menu card for a restaurant in Saudi Arabia is going viral for its awkward Arabic to English translations that are cracking netizens up.
Twitter user Vlada from Canada shared a post with a photograph of a menu on along with a caption, "So my mother's friend's husband is stuck in a hotel in Saudi Arabia and this is the order menu they gave him".
So my mother's friend's husband is stuck in a hotel in Saudi Arabia and this is the order menu they gave him— Vlada ✨😈✨ (@vladadraws) May 24, 2020
Do I have any Arabic speaking followers that can help make sense of this but also, tag yourself, I'm "Normal doubt" pic.twitter.com/MVemyCCON9
Some of the bizarre translations included phrases like "not a problem", "foul metal" and "Friday". Other translations of supposed food items include "white eyes", "a period of masters", and terms like "popular problem".
One of the dishes was even called "a regular Erika". The list of bizarre translations goes on.
Vlada went on to ask Twitter to help her out with translating the words.
"Do I have any Arabic speaking followers that can help make sense of this but also, tag yourself, I'm 'Normal doubt'", she wrote on Twitter.
And though most netizens made fun of the translations, some offered insight into the way the words were translated. Some suggested that the faulty translations were due to inefficient use of Google Translate improper methods of translations.
heres a gem:— Bones_Art (@bones_and_muses) May 24, 2020
"shakshooka" is a poached egg dish in a tomato sauce with a bunch of herbs
but "shak" means doubt
and "shookran" means thank you
so you end up with a list says:
normal (poached) doubt
metal (scrambled) doubt
hummus thank you
somehow in the process, "metal doubt" became metal suspicion, and "cheese doubt" becomes "she is suspicious of cheese"— Bones_Art (@bones_and_muses) May 24, 2020
things like this remind me AI on its own is a lot further away from dominating the world than ppl think
However, several Erikas were left stung by the menu. Like this one.
Psh that's not me, I'm an irregular Erika— Erika Harlacher (@ErikaHarlacher) May 26, 2020