Author Topic: Amusing translation errors  (Read 9033 times)

hellymedic

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Re: Amusing translation errors
« Reply #50 on: July 28, 2016, 04:26:44 pm »
Is that a TIGER puncture kit?

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Amusing translation errors
« Reply #51 on: July 28, 2016, 04:41:07 pm »
It is indeed a Tiger lappegrej. I have every intention of avoiding all use of the "growbars" but I thought the tin was nice. Perhaps I'll turn it into a cycle touring first aid kit (by filling it with tea bags  :thumbsup:).
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hellymedic

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Re: Amusing translation errors
« Reply #52 on: July 28, 2016, 04:49:39 pm »
My cousin Philip Bier1 is one of TIGER UK's bigwigs.

Their white 'Blu Tack a-like' is called 'Elephant's Snot'....

1) Susanne Bier2's younger brother.

2) Oscar-winning film director

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Amusing translation errors
« Reply #53 on: July 28, 2016, 04:53:32 pm »
Oooooh, can we get freebies by dropping his name at the till?  :D
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hellymedic

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Re: Amusing translation errors
« Reply #54 on: July 28, 2016, 05:12:23 pm »
 ;) ;) I doubt it...

Went to a Tiger store for the first time with my Mum (née Bier) a couple of months ago. Bought various bits and bobs, as you do.

Bell I bought for my wheelchair has disintegrated. :(

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Re: Amusing translation errors
« Reply #55 on: July 28, 2016, 05:16:39 pm »
One of those big painted bells? That's a shame. It does strike me as a bit like Ikea for gadgets and gimmicks!
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Re: Amusing translation errors
« Reply #56 on: July 28, 2016, 05:35:25 pm »
One of those big painted bells? That's a shame. It does strike me as a bit like Ikea for gadgets and gimmicks!

It's a little 'ping' bell, about 3cm diameter, with a plastic flower.

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Re: Amusing translation errors
« Reply #57 on: August 01, 2016, 09:10:57 am »
Also from Danish but from a book. A church is being given a new roof:
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A small team of plumbers is casting the lead outside the church, and for that purpose they're equipped with a tray of sand which they hold at an angle, and onto it they pour the molten lead.
Too much technical precision, not enough usage!
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Re: Amusing translation errors
« Reply #58 on: September 03, 2016, 05:55:04 pm »
In an article in a Polish magazine about the Orthodox Church, the Patriarch of Moscow is referred to in a caption as Kirył and then in the text as Cyryl. The saint is mentioned too, as Cyryl.

(Okay this is proofreading fail but translation, or at least transliteration, related.)
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Re: Amusing translation errors
« Reply #59 on: September 03, 2016, 06:13:44 pm »
In an article in a Polish magazine about the Orthodox Church, the Patriarch of Moscow is referred to in a caption as Kirył and then in the text as Cyryl. The saint is mentioned too, as Cyryl.

(Okay this is proofreading fail but translation, or at least transliteration, related.)

I would have thought the correct transliteration would be Kirił, but I'm not sure that is the Polish version of Cyril.
;D  Andrij.  I pronounce you Complete and Utter GIT   :thumbsup:

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Re: Amusing translation errors
« Reply #60 on: September 03, 2016, 07:19:03 pm »
Cyryl is the Polish version both for the saint and as an everyday name. Having looked up the Patriarch, I agree that Kirił (or even Kiriłł) would be a better transliteration. The version used in the caption seems to be a mix-up of the two.
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Re: Amusing translation errors
« Reply #61 on: February 04, 2020, 07:51:28 pm »
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A system of bicycle infrastructure design principles that road infrastructure experts may find useful to
think about with regards to designing cycle infrastructure are the following principles of design that
both the Dutch and Danish bring into the design and implementation of their cycling infrastructure.
Uggh! I'm not sure what language this has been translated from, but this and a few other phrases (in NL cyclists can be fined for "not holding your right" and might be subject to a "speed control") make me think it is translated rather than badly written.
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Re: Amusing translation errors
« Reply #62 on: February 06, 2020, 09:09:49 pm »
^^ No translation error in my view, just plain, basic, politician's double talk...

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Re: Amusing translation errors
« Reply #63 on: February 07, 2020, 08:59:57 am »
No, it's from the European Cyclists Federation:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/10iWb4SJPVt6irFsb-LcX1VocRBNnNRhI/view
It's not intended to be double talk (I think), just clumsily worded with all that "infrastructure".
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Amusing translation errors
« Reply #64 on: Yesterday at 05:29:03 pm »
As this is the nearest we have to a Random Thread For Small Translation Things That Don't Need A Thread Of Their Own: I'm editing (proof-listening on paper, you might call it – not that there's actual paper involved, of course) an interview in English and Swahili. The odd thing is that the interpreter is mixing his Swahili with a lot of French. Not just what you might expect as loan words, such as days of the week and words like 'Inspector General' but even numbers and phrases like 'answer the questions truthfully and completely'. The interviewee is Congolese, which explains the French, but I don't know whether it's just easier for them this way or possibly the interpreter's Swahili isn't quite as good as it should be. I guess most likely though it's just Congolese creole.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Amusing translation errors
« Reply #65 on: Yesterday at 06:38:12 pm »
DNA, however, is DNA, in English, not ADN like French. They also use English for 'hand-crafted shoes'. Yes, DNA, Inspector General and hand-crafted shoes in the same interview; this could be a good one!
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Re: Amusing translation errors
« Reply #67 on: Yesterday at 09:43:19 pm »
I love the word for red sqrl in German
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Re: Amusing translation errors
« Reply #68 on: Today at 05:18:19 am »
I love the word for red sqrl in German
But can you say it?
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Re: Amusing translation errors
« Reply #69 on: Today at 06:47:57 am »
Yes, but only with an appalling comedy accent.
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Re: Amusing translation errors
« Reply #70 on: Today at 07:51:01 am »
I love the word for red sqrl in German
But can you say it?

According to some of Miss von Brandenburg's dodgy mates the ability satisfactorily to pronounce Eichhörnchen is the ultimate test of whether a non-German can call themselves a speaker of their lingo.  This Unit passed :smug:
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Re: Amusing translation errors
« Reply #71 on: Today at 08:51:20 am »
According to some of Miss von Brandenburg's dodgy mates the ability satisfactorily to pronounce Eichhörnchen is the ultimate test of whether a non-German can call themselves a speaker of their lingo.  This Unit passed :smug:
My Dutch colleagues used to do the same with Scheveningen.  Being from Holland, Lincolnshire, and having webbed feet, I passed.