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#126106 - 01/31/04 05:00 PM Thought for the Day - Mangled translations
crisispoint Offline
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Registered: 09/24/03
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With all the (understandable) grimness here as of late, I thought we could all use a good laugh, so I dipped into my realm of language to come up with these brilliant examples of badly translated phrases. Enjoy.

"Ich bin ein Berliner" - "I am a jelly donut." (actual English translation of Kennedy's speech)

"I lust for the poles." - what was supposed to be "I love the Polish people." Jimmy Carter's speech to Polish Sejm (senate).

"Please to be putting slot A into tab B." - I kid you not, from a set of instructions I have regarding putting together a toy from China.

Anyone else got any good examples of mangled language?

Scot

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#126107 - 02/01/04 03:14 AM Re: Thought for the Day - Mangled translations
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Scot, I really like this uplifting and light-hearted post.

I have been thinking on this for the last 10 hours and cannot come up with any more. Not constantly though. ;\)

Somebody (that's all of us, we are somebody) come up with some more please, I'd like to see more. \:\)

Bill

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#126108 - 02/01/04 12:44 PM Re: Thought for the Day - Mangled translations
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Paris hotel elevator
Please leave your values at the front desk

Tokyo hotel
It is forbidden to steal hotel towels please. If you are not a person to do such a thing is please not read this notice

Bucharest hotel
The list is being fixed for the next day. During this time you will be unbearable

Leipzig elevator
Do not enter the lift backwards, and only when lit up

Belgrade elevator
To move the cabin, push button for wishing floor. If the cabin should enter more persons, each one should press a number of wishing floor. Driving then going alphabetically in national order.

Athens hotel
Visitors are expected to complain at the office between the hours of 9 and 11am daily

Sarajevo hotel
The flattening of underwear with pleasure is the job of the chambermaid

Japanese hotel
You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid

Moscow hotel
You are welcome to visit the cemetery where famous Russian and Soviet composers, artists and writers are buried daily except Thursday

Swiss menu
Our wines leave you nothing to hope for

Hong Kong tailors shop
Ladies may have a fit upstairs

Bangkok dry cleaners
Drop your trousers here for best results

Paris dress shop
Dresses for street walking

Rhodes tailor shop
Order your summer suit. Because is big rush we will execute customers in strict rotation


Hong Kong advert
Teeth extracted by the latest methodists

Rome laundary
Ladies, leave your clothes here and spend the afternoon having a good time

Swiss mountain inn
Special today... no ice cream

Copenhagen airline
We take your bags and send them in all directions

Moscow hotel
If this is your first visit to the USSR, you are welcome to it

Norwegian lounge
Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar

Tokyo shop
Our nylons cost more than common but they are better for the long run

Acapulco hotel
The manager has personally passed all the water served here

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#126109 - 02/01/04 02:34 PM Re: Thought for the Day - Mangled translations
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More grist for the mill!

Club XYZ - Dancing and prancing until all hours. Let the flashing lights spin your head around in all directions!

- From a Japanese Dance Club advert.

Bizarre product names:

Pocari Sweat - Japanese sports drink. World Famous!

Yone's Suck-All: Hygenic moisture absorbing pads for bathroom use - Chinese toilet paper.

Sex-Wax, extra slippery - Japanese surfboard polish (I kid you not! Damn those wacky Japanese surfer dudes and their wild-@$$ ways!)

More advertising ramblings:

My Life, My Gas - Japanese National Natural Gas Company Slogan (You haven't lived until you see Tom Cruise deliver this line - with a straight face!)

Wallace & Gromit Treacle Custard, leaves nothing to the imagination - Puzzling Japanese ad for British sweet named for a pair of claymation characters (Great animated short series, though - Kudos to the British for that. Keep 'em coming, Ray Park!)

New York, why bother? - Credited to a EuroVision non-English tourist ad for New york City. My sentiments exactly! \:D (Oh, like you didn't expect that from a Massachusetts boy!)

God Help Us! - Christian Church ad. (Again, my sentiments exactly!)

One last product:

Water Salad - ? Mystery drink from our brothers and sisters in Japan. Can ANYBODY tell me what the **** a "water salad" is supposed to be?!?

Keep 'em coming!

Peace and love,

Scot

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#126110 - 02/01/04 09:30 PM Re: Thought for the Day - Mangled translations
Pollyanna Offline
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Loc: Missouri
Yves!

I can't breathe! Thanks...I really needed that laugh!

Hugs,

Lynn

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#126111 - 02/02/04 12:01 AM Re: Thought for the Day - Mangled translations
Bill_1965 Offline
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:rolleyes: Pretty darn smart elevators in Belgrade. How'd they do that? :rolleyes:

Good laughs needed and appreciated, thanks,
Bill

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#126112 - 02/02/04 11:44 AM Re: Thought for the Day - Mangled translations
Mike Church Offline
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This relates to the bust of the biggest pot growing operation in Canada's history. It was being done in the old Molson Brewery Plant north of Toronto in Barrie Ontario

http://www.cbc.ca/mondayreport/videos/ontario.html

The tune is actually used in Ontario Advertising. I post this as a bit of fun and not because I condone the use of drugs.

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#126113 - 02/03/04 05:37 PM Re: Thought for the Day - Mangled translations
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had a good laugh at these. thank you \:\)

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- I inherit through my choice. I build through my affirmation. It is through my freedom that I nurture, or fade into autonomy
- I was not given to serve life, but to embrace it

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#126114 - 02/03/04 09:48 PM Re: Thought for the Day - Mangled translations
Yves Offline
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Registered: 11/26/03
Posts: 93
Loc: Canada
A few more...

The Dairy Association's huge success with the campaign "Got Milk?" prompted them to expand advertising to Mexico. It was soon brought to their attention that the Spanish translation read "Are you lactating?"

In a Zurich hotel: Because of the impropriety of entertaining guests of the opposite sex in the bedroom, it is suggested that the lobby be used for this purpose.

In an East African newspaper: A new swimming pool is rapidly taking shape since the contractors have thrown in the bulk of their workers.

In a Czechoslovakian tourist agency: Take one of our horse-driven city tours -- we guarantee no miscarriages.

On the box of a clockwork toy made in Hong Kong: Guaranteed to work throughout its useful life.

Coors put its slogan, "Turn It Loose," into Spanish, where it was read as "Suffer From Diarrhea."

Scandinavian vacuum manufacturer Electrolux used the following in an American campaign: "Nothing sucks like an Electrolux."

In a Tokyo bar: "Special today for the ladies with nuts."

Clairol introduced the "Mist Stick," a curling iron, into Germany only to find out that "mist" is slang for manure. Not too many people had use for the "Manure Stick."

In a Rhodes tailor shop: "Order your summers suit. Because is big rush we will execute customers in strict rotation."

Puffs tissues tried to introduce its product in German only to learn that "Puff" in German is a colloquial term for a whorehouse.

In a Hong Kong supermarket: "For your convenience, we recommend courageous, efficient self-service."

A hotel notice in Madrid: If You Wish Disinfection Enacted In Your Presence, Please Cry Out For The Chambermaid

An American T-shirt maker in Miami printed shirts for the Spanish market which promoted the Pope's visit. Instead of "I saw the Pope" (el Papa), the shirts read "I Saw the Potato" (la papa).

Pepsi's "Come Alive With the Pepsi Generation" translated into Pepsi Brings Your Ancestors Back From the Grave" in Chinese.

A sign posted in Germany's Black Forest: It is strictly forbidden on our black forest camping site that people of different sex, for instance, men and women, live together in one tent unless they are married with each other for that purpose.

The Coca-Cola name in China was first read as "Kekoukela", meaning "Bite the wax tadpole" or "female horse stuffed with wax", depending on the dialect. Coke then researched 40,000 characters to find a phonetic equivalent "kokou kole", translating into "happiness in the mouth."

When Parker Pen marketed a ball-point pen in Mexico, its ads were supposed to have read, "It won't leak in your pocket and embarrass you." The company thought that the word "embarazar" (to impregnate) meant to embarrass, so the ad read: "It won't leak in your pocket and make you pregnant!"

The American slogan for Salem cigarettes, "Salem-Feeling Free", was translated into the Japanese market as "When smoking Salem, you will feel so refreshed that your mind seems to be free and empty".

Ford had a problem in Brazil when the Pinto flopped. The company discovered that the word Pinto was Brazilian slang for "tiny male genitals".

In a Bangkok temple: It is forbidden to enter a woman even a foreigner if dressed as a man.

In a Copenhagen airline ticket office: We take your bags and send them in all directions.

On the door of a Moscow hotel room: If this is your first visit to the USSR, you are welcome to it.

In a Norwegian cocktail lounge: "Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar."

When Kentucky Fried Chicken entered the Chinese market, they discovered that their slogan "finger lickin' good" was translated as "eat your fingers off".

In a Budapest zoo: Please do not feed the animals. If you have any suitable food, give it to the guard on duty.

When Gerber started selling baby food in Africa, they used the same packaging as in the US, with the smiling baby on the label. Later they learned that in Africa, companies routinely put pictures on the labels of what's inside, since many people can't read.

In the office of a Roman doctor: Specialist in women and other diseases.

In a Tokyo shop: Our nylons cost more than common, but you'll find they are best in the long run.

When American Airlines wanted to advertise its new leather first class seats in the Mexican market, it translated its "Fly In Leather" campaign literally, which meant "Fly Naked" (vuela en cuero) in Spanish.

From a Japanese information booklet about using a hotel air conditioner: Cooles and Heates: If you want just condition of warm in your room, please control yourself.

From a brochure of a car rental firm in Tokyo: When passenger of foot heave in sight, tootle the horn. Trumpet him melodiously at first, but if he still obstacles your passage then tootle him with vigor.

Two signs from a Mojorcan shop entrance: - English well speaking / - Here speeching American.

Tokyo hotel's rules: Guests are requested not to smoke and do other disgusting behaviors in bed.

In the window of a Swedish furrier: Fur Coats Made For Ladies From Their Own Skin.

Sign in a German hospital: No Children Allowed In The Maternity Wards.

The sign at the concierge's desk in an Athen's hotel:" If You Consider Our Help Impolite, You Should See The Manager.

A notice in a Vienna hotel: In Case Of Fire Do Your Utmost To Alarm The Hall Porter.

Detour sign in Kyushi, Japan: Stop: Drive sideways

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#126115 - 02/03/04 10:11 PM Re: Thought for the Day - Mangled translations
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\:D \:D \:D \:D \:D

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