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PCovs
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Sep 13, 2006

If you need a laugh, see this page: http://www.lexint.net/dont.htm



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Alan Campbell  Identity Verified
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Just what I needed Sep 13, 2006

Just what I needed - thanks for that!

That Pepsi Cola one is a hoot!


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Joost Elshoff  Identity Verified
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Where are the target translations? Sep 13, 2006

Just a pity they didn't mention the translated texts, so we have to trust them to have translated all of it back to correct English.

And it was Coca Cola, not Pepsi


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Claudia Krysztofiak  Identity Verified
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Great! Sep 13, 2006

I liked the Electrolux best!



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PCovs
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Where indeed? Sep 13, 2006

Joost Elshoff wrote:

Just a pity they didn't mention the translated texts, so we have to trust them to have translated all of it back to correct English.


Yes, this is indeed a shame.


And it was Coca Cola, not Pepsi


Well, there is actually a Pepsi translation right above the Coca Cola one.


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Alexandre Coutu
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Do Francophones have more fun? Sep 13, 2006

Recently, I went to a museum in Canada.
They had a bilingual board indicating activities for the day
and as a translation for "Enjoy yourself!", they wrote "Jouissez-vous!".

[Edited at 2006-09-13 18:18]


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NancyLynn
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Where was this museum? Sep 13, 2006

After all, translations for museums in Canada should be handled by the Translation Bureau, not a machine!
I sure hope it wasn't in Québec, or in Ottawa!
Nancy


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Alexandre Coutu
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Lower Fort Garry Sep 13, 2006

It was at Lower Fort Garry, a federally-run museum located in Lockport, Manitoba.

The text written on the whiteboard that day was obviously handled by the immersion students working there.

Here's an example where we might not have been worse off with machine translation!

[Edited at 2006-09-13 20:27]


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craigs
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Ha! Sep 13, 2006

Electrolux might actually be on to something.

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NancyLynn
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Electrolux Sep 13, 2006

I took a picture of a billboard with this exact slogan, in Liverpool, England, in 1987.

Nancy


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CathyFS  Identity Verified
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Nothing sucks ... Sep 14, 2006

Have heard the Electrolux one many times before. Always in a crude joke context though - never had anything to do with the vacuum cleaner itself

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Andrea Pinto  Identity Verified

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Cross Cultural Marketing Blunders Oct 2, 2006

talk about mistranslations........I came across this article......and found it quite amusing!

regards Andrea

http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/cultural-services/articles/crosscultural-marketing.html

[Edited at 2006-10-02 12:12]


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PCovs
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Thank you A. J.! Oct 3, 2006

Very funny indeed

I rather like the fartfull desk, and the drugdealer's mineral water - LOL

Perfect examples to show the importance of lingustic checks of brand names etc. before taking your products across any border.


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