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Friday Funnies – Mistranslations We Love

For this Friday Funnies, here are a few stories of advertising campaigns with translations didn’t quite hit the mark. These ones made us laugh out loud! Coca-Cola’s brand name, when first marketed in China, was read as “Kekoukela,” meaning “Bite the Wax Tadpole” or “Female Horse Stuffed with Wax,” depending on the dialect. Parker Pen,…

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Friday Funnies – Mistranslations We Love

Welcome to this week’s Friday Funnies. These ones made us laugh out loud and reminded us why professional translators are so important. Without them, you get:  Mountain Inn, Switzerland:  “Special today – No ice-cream.” Hotel lobby, Moscow, across from a Russian Orthodox monastery: “You are welcome to visit the cemetery where famous Russian and Soviet…

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Happy 2021!

When 2020 ended, I am pretty sure that we were all relieved that 2021 arrived. Let’s leave the hard days behind us and look for a brighter future ahead. Nobody said it was going to be easy, but let’s remember that living, growing and developing comes with sacrifices and that we need to think and…

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WORDS MATTER

I’ve been a professional translator for close to 30 years, and for the past 15 years, I have had the honour of leading AZ World Translation and Interpretation Inc. AZ World grew from a one person shop to an agency working with over 1,000 translators in over 140 languages. Throughout it all, I’ve learned that…