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Old 20.10.2011, 15:59
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Lost in translation

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne...-in-China.html

Man orders size 14.5 slipper and gets size 1,450 after 'mistranslation in China' - Telegraph

A man who ordered a special size 14.5 slipper to fit his oversized foot was sent a size 1,450 after the Chinese manufacturers failed to spot a decimal point in his order.

I saw this today, and it made me smile. I like stories of things that get lost in translation.

One good one of mine was when my daughter was at a playgroup in Spain. The teacher asked us (in Spanish) to make a "turbana" for the little carnival they were going to have.

So, I went about preparing a turban, as I translated it, and was very proud of myself and my creation. Lots of sewing and prep time and I had this wonderful seikh/arab style turban. Unfortunately, she actually meant a red indian headress, OOOPs!

Still it was a lesson.

Would love to hear other stories.....
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Old 20.10.2011, 16:02
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Re: Lost in translation

1. Go to Google Translator
2. Choose translate from German to English
3. Enter: Meine Nachbarin hat Kohlmeisen aber was macht ein Hahn auf meinem Esel

(Sent to me by one of my students)

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Re: Lost in translation

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1. Go to Google Translator
2. Choose translate from German to English
3. Enter: Meine Nachbarin hat Kohlmeisen aber was macht ein Hahn auf meinem Esel

(Sent to me by one of my students)
You were missing a space between meinem Esel

en Français: Mon voisin a mésanges mais ce qui rend une bite dans mon cul
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