Friday, April 06, 2007

Universal Translator

The new Boston Red Sox sensation, Daisuke Matsuzaka, often gets interviewed via a translator. Some nuances seem to get lost in the translation:

How do you feel about that outing?
English: Great! It feels like a dream come true!
Japanese: I couldn't concentrate because all you yammering journalists kept popping the flash when I was in my windup

What's this Gyroball I hear about?
English: Perhaps you will see it in my next start. (smiles knowingly)
Japanese: I dunno, dude (wincing because sun is in eyes)

How do you feel to be a Boston Red Sox?
English: I am proud to be a part of the honorable tradition and history of the Boston franchise
Japanese: Who is Boston?

1 comment:

Marika said...

I find it hilarious when watching movies etc in languages that I'm familiar with, to see how accurately the translation reflects what's being said.

I saw an opera in French a few years ago and I reckon that about 20% of what they said wound up on the translation screen.


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