a funny site dedicated to English-Japanese translation errors - www.engrish.com
Coke's "Come Alive With the Pepsi Generation" translated into "Pepsi
Brings Your Ancestors Back From the Grave" in Chinese.
on wall of hotel room in Japan:
Is forbitten to
steal hotel towels. If you are not person to do such thing is please not to read
Please do not bathe inside the tub.
You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid.
menu in a Swiss restaurant: Our wines leave you nothing to hope for.
In a Rhodes
tailor: Order your summer suit. Because is big rush we will execute customers
in strict order.
In a Rome laundry: Ladies, leave your clothes here
and spend the afternoon having a good time.
a Copenhagen airline ticket office: We take your bags and send them in all directions.
Gerber began selling baby
food in Africa, they used the same packaging as in the US, with the smiling baby
on the label. Later they learned that in Africa, most firms routinely put pictures
on the labels of what's inside, because large numbers of the population are illiterate.
introduced a toothpaste in France called Cue, the name of a notorious porno magazine.
Sign from a Majorcan shop entrance: -English well talking. - Here speeching American.
introduced the "Mist Stick," a hair curling iron, into Germany only
to find out that "mist" is slang for manure. Few German people had use
for the "Manure Stick."
Dairy Association's huge success with the campaign "Got Milk?" prompted
them to expand advertising to Mexico. It was soon brought to their attention that
the Spanish translation of "Got Milk?" read "Are you lactating?"
Coors put its slogan,
"Turn It Loose," into Spanish, where it was read as "Suffer From
Scandinavian vacuum manufacturer Electrolux
used the following in an American campaign: "Nothing sucks like an Electrolux."
An American T-shirt maker in Miami printed shirts for the Spanish market which
promoted the Pope's visit. Instead of "I saw the Pope" (el Papa), the
shirts read "I Saw the Potato" (la papa).
The Coca-Cola name in China
was first read as "Kekoukela", meaning "Bite the wax tadpole"
or "female horse stuffed with wax", depending on the dialect. Coke then
researched 40,000 characters to find a phonetic equivalent "kokou kole",
translating into "happiness in the mouth."
Frank Perdue's chicken slogan,
"It takes a strong man to make a tender chicken" was translated into
Spanish as "it takes an aroused man to make a chicken affectionate."
When Parker Pen marketed
a ball-point pen in Mexico, its adverts were supposed to have read, "It won't
leak in your pocket and embarrass you." The company thought that the word
"embarazar" (to impregnate) meant to embarrass, so the ad read: "It
won't leak in your pocket and make you pregnant!"
When American Airlines wanted
to advertise its new leather first class seats in the Mexican market, it translated
its "Fly In Leather" campaign literally, which meant "Fly Naked"
(vuela en cuero) in Spanish.
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