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Translators’ Hall of Shame: Part VI

Translators’ Hall of Shame: Part VI

by Translation Guy on June 12, 2017
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It’s time for another roundup of really awful translation because tragically bad translation and loopy localization never let up. Today we have three contenders for this edition’s “Bad Translation” award. Pick the worst and you could win a translation from Responsive Translation.  

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No More Visas for Afghans Who Worked with US Forces

No More Visas for Afghans Who Worked with US Forces

by Translation Guy on March 22, 2017
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Without additional visa allotments, the Special Immigrant Visa program for Afghans is coming to an end. This doesn't bode well for Afghan linguists, some of whom have been hunted down by the Taliban for aiding US troops. Nor for the Americans who will soon be deployed to Syria and looking for new local allies.  

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Language, for Love or Money

Language, for Love or Money

by Translation Guy on December 22, 2016
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This Polish Christmas ad brought tears to our eyes. See it for yourself.

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Translators’ Hall of Shame: Part V

Translators’ Hall of Shame: Part V

by Translation Guy on December 21, 2016
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Another roundup of bad translations just in time for the holidays. Instead of easy Xmas chimney access, bad translations add fuel to the fire scorching Santa's... well, you get the idea. Here are three recent examples.  

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Star Interpreter

The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Star Interpreter

by Translation Guy on November 2, 2016
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interpreting-download-graphic For those who play at the top of their game, is it the nirvana of complete focus or the roar of the crowd that drives them to bust excellence's envelope? Case in point: Interpreters for combat sports. These days some translators achieve a degree of fame along with the literary works they help popularize among new audiences. But interpreters usually do better with notoriety than fame. #interpreterfail is what makes the evening news. Remember that guy at Nelson Mandela's memorial in 2013 who pretended (badly) to be a sign language interpreter?  

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Translators’ Hall of Shame: Part IV

Translators’ Hall of Shame: Part IV

by Translation Guy on October 4, 2016
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It’s time for another edition of: “And where was the quality control for those translations?” That’s right, another roundup of really bad translations. Today we’re looking at you Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, Google and Mondelēz's Milka.  

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Chinese Oncologists to Work with Watson

Chinese Oncologists to Work with Watson

by Translation Guy on August 31, 2016
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Oncologists in China will soon have a new "colleague" to help diagnose and treat cancer patients. 21 hospitals there will start using Watson for Oncology, said IBM and Hangzhou CognitiveCare, with more planned for the future.  

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Wild Birds Understand Human Calls for Honey

Wild Birds Understand Human Calls for Honey

by Translation Guy on August 17, 2016
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In the forests of Mozambique, researchers found that honeyguides (a species of bird found in Africa) actually talk to humans.  

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Welcome to the Translators’ Hall of Shame: Part III

Welcome to the Translators’ Hall of Shame: Part III

by Translation Guy on August 10, 2016
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Are you ready for some ridiculous translation? Bad translation as spotted by consumers and Internet users can be so funny it hurts. Unless they're talking about your business, of course, and then it just, well, hurts. Sit back and enjoy the latest roundup of translation no-nos!  

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Beware Greeks Bearing Translations

Beware Greeks Bearing Translations

by Translation Guy on July 28, 2016
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Ah, the awe-inspiring power of translation! It can bring people together, help them communicate better with each other and foster international conversations. But when you flip to the other side of the coin, translation also has the power to be used as a stall tactic by multinational companies accused of wrongdoing. In the case of the Greek authorities taking on Siemens: Greek tragedy or soap opera saga? Before the courts decide (or not), you get to be the judge!  

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