Lost in Translation

I have always found subtitles to be highly amusing. Many a time, when I’m watching a Hong Kong movie, I notice the inaccuracies of the translations. For example, when an airplane hostess asked a customer “Would you care for some orange juice?”, the subtitle at the bottom of the screen read “Would you like some fresh horn juice?”.

But it seems that these mis-translations are not unique to movie subtitles. In an article of a local magazine, there were several pictures depicting rather interesting street signs:

Apparently, spaces are irrelevant, a long string of characters translates to nothing more than “blackspot,” negating words are omitted, and ambiguous pictures are assumed (it is actually supposed to read “when it rains, the road will be slippery” from the bottom up). Ahh, the joys of miscommunication.


~ by thechanster on 4:12 pm, Monday, June 30, 2008.

2 Responses to “Lost in Translation”

  1. “Do drunken driving”, wow. I wonder what the car accident rate might be!

  2. still reading and loving it! your writing is so creative.

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