Category:
Mistranslations

Special Chinese Kid’s Book



Who could resist spending $57.40 plus $10.00 shipping for a book with this description:

Turtle with a small purple alien friend scientific expedition. Crossing the Sea like Crossing the Sea two stories travel the world. Little Turtle purple alien with friends explore the ocean together. they saw the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. but dangerous whale is near! Little purple alien turtles have a friend who has a cool graduated spaceship! Spaceship. turtles and small purple alien friends a series of scientific adventures. They leap into space. understanding the mystery of the eight planets; they cross the center of the earth. after a dangerous volcanoes . But not all smooth sailing expedition. when they go to sea. but accidentally be swallowed into the stomach.


Item is here at time of posting.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Dec 02, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Confusion, Misunderstanding, and Incomprehension, Books, Asia, Mistranslations

Ital-glish

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Some fractured or idiosyncratic English which I photographed this week in Italy.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 30, 2013 - Comments (12)
Category: Signage, Europe, Mistranslations

Les Franglaises







Explanation is here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Oct 30, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Music, Europe, Mistranslations

Tinkle Comic

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A most unfortunate choice of names for this Hindu comic.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Oct 17, 2010 - Comments (5)
Category: Comics, India, Mistranslations

Funny Cut

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Last week I was in Hamburg, Germany, for a literary conference. I snapped this foto at the Dammtor train station.

I am not sure of the wisdom of getting one's hair styled at a place with this name.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Oct 08, 2010 - Comments (5)
Category: Hair Styling, Europe, Mistranslations

And The Angels Sing—Japanese Style!





Something tells me the lovely and enthusiastic Japanese singer here has learned her lyrics phonetically--and I'm not sure they emerge as English.

Original Glenn Miller version included for purposes of comparison.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Mar 21, 2010 - Comments (3)
Category: Languages, Mistranslations, Music, Asia

Google Translation

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I have a Google Alert keyed to my name, as most authors do. Imagine my surprise to find myself cited on a Taiwanese sci-fi fan page whose name Google chooses to translate thus. I hope the AMA does not find out I'm practicing cancer medicine without a license!

Click to enlarge image, if necessary!

Posted By: Paul - Sat Feb 06, 2010 - Comments (3)
Category: Asia, Mistranslations




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