Off topic: More mistranslation (and misspelling) humour
Thread poster: Paul Dixon

Paul Dixon  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 02:44
Portuguese to English
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Nov 21, 2009

Check this out for a good laugh:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/picturegalleries/6193716/Sign-Language-special-restaurant-menus.html


 

darwinista
Spain
Local time: 07:44
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English to Spanish
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I don't get it! Nov 23, 2009

They're Indian specialties.

 

Grayson Morr (X)  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 07:44
Dutch to English
Even so.... Nov 23, 2009

"Foul" is a pretty terrible choice. (I assume the original non-Western-character names have been translated into Western type; even if the name of the thing sounds like "foul" in Korean, they should spell it some other way. Any other way.icon_smile.gif "Fawel," for example. Though that may well be a terrible choice in some other language...)

I don't get the "roti" problem the picture poster seemd to have, either, but that word is very familiar to me in the Netherlands, with its large Indonesian population; the picture accurately represents Indian roti, as far as I can tell.

[Edited at 2009-11-23 13:27 GMT]


 

PRAKAASH  Identity Verified
India
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English to Hindi
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'Roti' is o.k., but 'foul' is really horrible. Nov 23, 2009

'Roti' is commonly used in India. Another option is 'chapati'. While westernizing the concept, we have to translate this word as 'bread' yet 'bread' is different from 'Roti'.

'Foul' - is a foul as in any game/sport. Is there any referee/umpire here?icon_smile.gif

Regards,
PRAKAASH


 

Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Unappetising drink Nov 23, 2009

A drink consisting partly of "coolpee" sounds very unappetising.
A lot of these are rather subtle and thus could be difficult for non-native speakers of English to understand.


 

Paul Dixon  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 02:44
Portuguese to English
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Comment on Roti x Foul Nov 23, 2009

The joke here is that the restaurant used and spelt "roti" correctly but when it came to "fowl" they wrote "foul" instead. The signs are not completely wrong, there are some correct words too but the mistakes (like "coolpee") make you laugh your head off!

 


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