Common Mistranslations

Nowadays, when people get confused by foreign languages, they usually use translation software to translate the text. For example, Google Translate provides free automatic translation in over sixty languages. Google Translate can help people understand messages. More and more, people are relying on it to help them with translation.

However, when one wants quality work, translation software like Google Translate is incapable of doing the job. The results usually don’t make perfect sense and have some grammar mistakes and illogical connections. Funny mistranslations can occur. For example, there is a restaurant in Vienna serving fried milk, children sandwiches, roast cattle and boiled sheep on the menu. Another example is from a Rome doctor’s office: ‘We are specialist in women and other diseases’. As you can imagine, mistranslations can lead to hilarious consequences!
Another example is a mistranslation from a Japanese chocolate company in the 1950s. A marketing manager mistranslated “men” to “women” for their advertising. Therefore, women started giving chocolate away to their beloved partners, co-workers and male friends on Valentine’s Day. One month after Valentine’s Day on March 14th, men are supposed to return the favor with sweets. In Japan, this is common practice now.

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