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Translating Presidential Candidates' Names to Chinese

 
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 6:42 pm    Post subject: Translating Presidential Candidates' Names to Chinese Reply with quote

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070626/ap_on_el_pr/lost_in_translation

Is it just me or does anyone else find articles like this annoying? Sure it shows the challenges of translation and it's kind of funny, but I think someone somewhere is going to read an article like that and come away with the idea that Chinese is a joke of a language.

I don't recall any other languages getting singled out or used as "bad translation" examples as often as Chinese. Sometimes it seems like people go out of their way to find characters with the most absurd translations just to make a joke, and not every Chinese word/name has to have a double meaning--especially not a stupid one.

eh, sorry, didn't mean to turn this into a rantů
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2007 2:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i know that the former premier of New South Wales had his chinese name very similar to *pok kai* and his name was Bob Carr...lol
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