Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Lost in Translation

This week I am studying Spanish in Barcelona, I am really wishing I had booked more than 1 week, I'm torn as to whether or not I'll be extending my stay here - stay tuned.

One of the things that makes me laugh as I walk around the city are signs advertising products or store names that have been translated from English to another language. The vending machine at the school has sandwiches which are translated into English. A student came and asked me what cranc was. Very puzzled by this I went to look - it was a crab sandwich. I can only guess that somebody knew that crabby and cranky were synonyms so therefore crank and crab must be the same thing.

Here are two examples I've come across in Barcelona.

Not sure why the change of name but this is obviously a Dunkin Donuts. One of the first I've seen while abroad. Starbucks are everywhere though. I overheard some of the students in the school talking about how they really wanted a Starbucks but there are none here. Personally I've walk by 3 on my way from the school to my apartment, not sure where these people are looking as they walk.

Not much to say about his just liked the translation of the movie poster.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

hola, como esta? tiene un bueno la segunda semana. Habla a usted pronto.

I hope that you can translate this now. If you have any trouble use an online translator like I did. Maybe this is lost in translation too. Love Mom