Post Some Bad Translations

AngerDanger

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For whatever reason, I find mistranslations to be hilarious. If you see any online or manage to snap a picture of something comically bad, post it here. I'll start us off with something on the box of a children's toy:



Also, the most interesting approach to marketing pacifiers:

 
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jruschme

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I don't have a photo of this, but the restroom at a local gas station has a sign which reads:

EMPLOY
MUST WASH HANDS
BEFORE HE
LIVE

Ponder the implications of that one for a while...
 
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wobegong

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Post Some Bad Translations

These are real photo's taken by me not pulled from Google. :)

1. Entertainment - Concentrate on the sign to the left if you can see it..



2. From a department store display, totally genuine, the store's suggestion for a Christmas present for the wife - yes that's a mop....



3. Well you can have holy water so why not holy toilet seat cleaner I guess? Pee in Peace....

 
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AngerDanger

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This was the vegetarian alternative to an entire preassembled burger in a can:

 
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Apple fanboy

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Sadly I can't post a picture, but the Turkish commentator at the air show today was out of this world. He had the whole field in stitches.

The Handsome Pilots have returned to Europe was one of my favs.
 
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macalla

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One of my favourites - no idea what they were trying to say...
That is funny! Never gets old.
干爆鸭子 - dried deep fried duck

The first word 干, is also the F-word in chinese slang. Hence they do crop up at the most inappropriate times.

Allow me to illustrate: This relatively unknown movie is called, "The Backstroke of the West". You may not have heard of it.




The theory goes, this bootleg copy of the movie had used the Chinese soundtrack as the basis for subtitling, with hilarious results.
你在干什么 ?
"The Backstroke of the West", deconstructed.
 
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mrex

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Damn I havent the bad translated manual anymore. I bought Acer Travelmate laptop years ago (about 10) and that had the worst translation ever in its manual. I was searching how to do a factory reset and the manual talked about "sailors on a deck" (translated from X to my language). Remember that we are now talking about Acer and their laptops for business users.
 
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Carlanga

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That is funny! Never gets old.
干爆鸭子 - dried deep fried duck

The first word 干, is also the F-word in …..[/URL]
lmao awesome, so if someone said this meat is F-word dry it could be translated to dry-dry, Fword-Fword or the best this meat is dry F-word lol


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I saw yesterday in Sam's Club a commercial liquid soap from Sam's brand that said in spanish:
"jabon para labar" (should be lavar) not really funny, but considering how many spanish speakers in the US do commercial cleaning it's kind of funny (spanish is my native language so I can say it :p )
 
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macalla

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lmao awesome, so if someone said this meat is F-word dry it could be translated to dry-dry, Fword-Fword or the best this meat is dry F-word lol
Well, incorrectly yes, if the text were translated from English to Chinese, in which the translator did not grasp the intent of the phrase.

In English the F-word can either mean "to copulate" or mean "extremely".

In Chinese 干 does mean copulate, it is never used in the superlative sense.
So if the meat is ***** dry, the expression means, "extremely dry" so there are several ways to express this.

佷干
实在干
非常干

But I could see a software translator making the mistake of 干干 when it hears "****** Dry!"

It is also used informally like this. 你在干什么 ?What are you doing? It has no sexual or vulgar implications. That's where the translator failed at subtitling in the R2D2 caption above.
 
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Gonzo3333

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One day I had to change the toner cartridge in a photocopier. There was a warning that was translated from what I guess was Japanese that read:

Do not throw toner of toner cartridge into fire as it may consider to get burn
 
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Apple fanboy

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One day I had to change the toner cartridge in a photocopier. There was a warning that was translated from what I guess was Japanese that read:

Do not throw toner of toner cartridge into fire as it may consider to get burn
Our old I.T guy changed the warning message on our printer. Instead of insert toner it says more cheese!
 
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