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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Amusing translation errors
« Reply #125 on: 27 June, 2022, 08:38:26 pm »
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“It’s a real financial blow,” Belotti said. He added that motorised two-wheelers were an ecological plus, even if less green than bicycles.

“They’re much cleaner and less imposing than a car and [public] space is optimised. Fuel consumption is low and for the same distance you’re riding for much less time,” he said.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/27/parisian-motorcyclists-mourn-end-of-freedoms-with-introduction-of-parking-charges

Motorcycles might be less imposing than a car but I don't think that's what Belotti meant. Maybe "burdensome" would have been a more suitable word (obviously impossible to say without knowing what the original was).
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Re: Amusing translation errors
« Reply #126 on: 27 June, 2022, 09:09:31 pm »
Beck translator: 'Dra åt helvete!' normally means 'fuck off!', not the more literal 'go to hell', kthxbai.
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T42

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Re: Amusing translation errors
« Reply #127 on: 12 July, 2022, 01:30:33 pm »
Beck translator: 'Dra åt helvete!' normally means 'fuck off!', not the more literal 'go to hell', kthxbai.

So is Switzerland Hell or just another whorehouse?

Meanwhile, looking for pulleys (poulies) on the Bricomarché site yields a slew of stuff for chickens.
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Re: Amusing translation errors
« Reply #128 on: 12 July, 2022, 02:20:27 pm »
Was once e-mailed by a Spanish colleague who wanted to inform me that a delay was taking place with the latest project milestone. I got a missive informing me "some retard had been involved with the project"! Yeeeesss, I think he probably has..... ;).

My own personal best was when I was a much younger man (sigh) and standing with my German girlfriend in the queue for the buffet at our hotel whilst on Holiday in Spain. I wanted to ask her if the buffet was self service (selbstbedienung) but said selbstbefriedigung instead. The latter is what back in my days schoolboys were told not to do too much of unless you wanted hairy palms... ;D. Blush! Although not half as much as my poor girlfriend did. ;D
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T42

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Re: Amusing translation errors
« Reply #129 on: 12 July, 2022, 04:36:28 pm »
Back when I was working in Stuttgart I went into the office one morning with a nasty dose of conjunctivitis in both eyes.  Our department secretary asked me what was wrong and I replied "mir tun die Eier weg" instead of "mir tun die Augen weg"*,  Augen being eyes and Eier being eggs and both being balls of a sort.
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Re: Amusing translation errors
« Reply #130 on: 12 July, 2022, 05:30:06 pm »
Back when I was working in Stuttgart I went into the office one morning with a nasty dose of conjunctivitis in both eyes.  Our department secretary asked me what was wrong and I replied "mir tun die Eier weg" instead of "mir tun die Augen weg"*,  Augen being eyes and Eier being eggs and both being balls of a sort.

Ha ha yes, the girlfriend taught me that term as slang in her time too  ;D ;D
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Re: Amusing translation errors
« Reply #131 on: 13 July, 2022, 02:44:59 pm »
Just remembered I also narrowly avoided the sack for having most of the aforementioned entire Spanish project team looking in their dictionaries and phrasebooks for "Bono Estente" and "Scorchio" as expressions of greeting and happiness. They do in fact translate as "bonus shelf" and "scorched" respectively but I thought using them in the Fast Show context was a great laugh, er, I mean genuine mistake made in all innocence..... :demon:
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Amusing translation errors
« Reply #132 on: 13 July, 2022, 06:13:14 pm »
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“That’s not the way Donald Trump does things. It’s rambling from one half-vast idea to another plan that falls through and another comes up.”

Let's call this "translation" from speech to text.
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Re: Amusing translation errors
« Reply #133 on: 13 July, 2022, 11:07:52 pm »
Just remembered I also narrowly avoided the sack for having most of the aforementioned entire Spanish project team looking in their dictionaries and phrasebooks for "Bono Estente" and "Scorchio" as expressions of greeting and happiness. They do in fact translate as "bonus shelf" and "scorched" respectively but I thought using them in the Fast Show context was a great laugh, er, I mean genuine mistake made in all innocence..... :demon:

I irregularly find myself having to explain 'Scorchio' to Young People.   :facepalm:

Re: Amusing translation errors
« Reply #134 on: 14 July, 2022, 12:23:13 pm »
Have just received picture from Royal Mail delivery of my parcel of books neatly balanced on the top of my wooden gate at the side of my house. Not a translation error as such but the postie has literally interpreted my instructions of "Please leave over gate to side of house" to the absolute letter :facepalm:. Reminds me of the old Victor Meldrew episode with the rubber plant planted in the toilet bowl after he told them to "put it in the lavatory". Life, sometimes you just couldn't make it up ;)
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Salvatore

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Re: Amusing translation errors
« Reply #135 on: 22 July, 2022, 08:59:00 pm »
After playing for Hamm, Jürgen Welp played one game for red and white food or, as he would call the club, Rot-Weiss Essen


 


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et avec John, excellent lecteur de road-book, on s'en est sortis sans erreur

ElyDave

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Re: Amusing translation errors
« Reply #136 on: 22 July, 2022, 10:49:25 pm »
He played for Gutersloh as well, my dad was stationed there 82-85, those were fun years
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Auntie Helen

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Re: Amusing translation errors
« Reply #137 on: 23 July, 2022, 03:22:05 pm »
After playing for Hamm, Jürgen Welp played one game for red and white food or, as he would call the club, Rot-Weiss Essen


 

;D ;D ;D
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Re: Amusing translation errors
« Reply #138 on: 23 July, 2022, 03:36:30 pm »
One of my colleagues in Belgium has the surname Gielen. It’s entirely possible for that to be mis-typed as Geilen.
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Salvatore

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Re: Amusing translation errors
« Reply #139 on: 13 August, 2022, 08:38:04 am »
Automatic Finnish -> English translations are a reliable source of amusement. Here's a recent one from Twitter
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Kurkku on tänään paras sitten maanantain. Yskä jäi vielä, mutta johtuisiko siitä, että en kokeillut eilen ehdotettua rommi. Kukkukipu katosi punkulla ja viskillä. Tänään sitten varmaan vielä rommitotit.

Translated from Finnish by google

The cucumber1 today is the best since Monday. The cough was still there, but could it be because I didn't try the rum that was suggested yesterday? Cock2 pain went away with punk3 and whiskey. I'll probably still have rum tots today.

1. Kurkku (I've just learned) is either throat or cucumber (a Finnishified loan from Swedish gurka I imagine) and google plumped for the wrong meaning.
2. Kukko (not kukku) is a rooster, or in this case a typo of Kurkku, so Kukkukipu is probably throat pain (or cucumber pain).
3. I'm guessing punkulla is an obscure form of the inessive (or ablative) case of punkka (bed, loan from english bunk) and that Stefan spent the day in bed to alleviate his cock throat pain.
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Re: Amusing translation errors
« Reply #140 on: 13 August, 2022, 08:49:04 am »
Rommi and viskillä seems a very Finnish way of dealing with a sore throat.  Kimi would approve.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Amusing translation errors
« Reply #141 on: Today at 08:01:55 am »
Automatic translation is a good source of amusement even within one language. I went to the pub yesterday with a deaf friend who has a speech to text app on her phone and we spent a lot of time laughing at the things it came up with. Unfortunately I've forgotten most of them, including the actual words I said that came out as "suffering pancakes" but I do remember that it turned "Yorkshire" into "sissy porn".
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