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Jabberwock  Identity Verified
Poland
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Oct 26, 2007

See for yourself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlJsPEgXhC0

(I hope it was not posted here before...)


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Can Altinbay  Identity Verified
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Really? Oct 26, 2007

Seems too good to be a quadruple machine translation.

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KathyT  Identity Verified
Australia
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That was sooooo funny!! Oct 27, 2007

I it that loved what, Fox!
Hilarious:-D:-D


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Isabel Fernandez  Identity Verified
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I loved it!! Oct 27, 2007

Very funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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xxxmediamatrix
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OK, it's good for a laugh. Oct 27, 2007

Now, let's take any five proz.com members (aka: the world's best professional translators) at random (in the relevant language pairs, of course), and have them translate the same dialogue in the same sequence.

My bet is that the result would be just as hilarious as the clip I've just been watching while sipping a delicious pisco sour.

Any takers?

MediaMatrix


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KathyT  Identity Verified
Australia
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Takers? Oct 27, 2007

mediamatrix wrote:
Any takers?


Did you mean for the Pisco Sour?
Yes, please!! ::raises hand::


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xxxmediamatrix
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Hoist by my own petard, eh? Oct 27, 2007

KathyT wrote:

mediamatrix wrote:
Any takers?


Did you mean for the Pisco Sour?
Yes, please!! ::raises hand::


OK folks, fair's fair!

Here's the deal. There'll be a pisco sour lined up for each and every proz.com member who comes in person to Curacautín (700 km south of Santiago) between 1400 and 2200 hours local time on Sunday 28 October 2007.

MediaMatrix

PS: Please confirm by e-mail 24 hours in advance - and then I'll let you know exactly where to come to raise your glass. ¿Hasta luego?


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Valery Kaminski  Identity Verified
Belarus
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Re: hilarious result Oct 27, 2007

I used to teach English to students at Minsk Linguistic University. Just to show them the crooked ways of communication I arranged them in 5 two-three people groups and gave them the following task:

Each group had to invent several headlines in English. Then they passed them to the next group who translated them into Russian, folded the paper leaving only their "masterpieces" visible and handed them along the line. The next group translated the Russian version back into English. And so on, until the round was complete.
In over 50% of cases the first and the last entries which were supposed to be more or less the same caused fits of roaring laughter.

[Редактировалось 2007-10-27 09:38]


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KathyT  Identity Verified
Australia
Local time: 23:02
Japanese to English
Pucha :-( Oct 27, 2007

mediamatrix wrote:
between 1400 and 2200 hours local time on Sunday 28 October 2007.


Right, well given that my private jet is in service right now my only other option would be regular commercial airlines, and even if I were to leave this instant, that's one deadline I don't think I could make. Hmmm, I used to have some buddies in los Halcones - maybe they could help me out?!?! On second thoughts, flying with them can get a little bumpy...
OK - instead, I'll make my own Pisco Sour, and raise my glass eastwards across the Pacific in a virtual Salud!
Cheers!
Kathy

P.S. I meant the jet was *out of* service! Cheers, MM!

[Edited at 2007-10-28 04:01]


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xxxmediamatrix
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¡Salud! Oct 27, 2007

KathyT wrote:

mediamatrix wrote:
between 1400 and 2200 hours local time on Sunday 28 October 2007.


Right, well given that my private jet is in service right now my only other option would be regular commercial airlines, and even if I were to leave this instant, that's one deadline I don't think I could make. Hmmm, I used to have some buddies in los Halcones - maybe they could help me out?!?! On second thoughts, flying with them can get a little bumpy...
OK - instead, I'll make my own Pisco Sour, and raise my glass eastwards across the Pacific in a virtual Salud!
Cheers!
Kathy


Hmmm. Pity about the private jet. Some other time maybe...

In the meantime, raising my glass westwards across the Pacific: Cheers!
MediaMatrix


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