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(The New York Times)   Translation mishaps between Afghans and westerners would be hilarious if they weren't so tragically infuriating   (atwar.blogs.nytimes.com) divider line 3
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2012-12-06 10:13:54 AM  
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cgraves67: They should try talking louder and slower. That always helps.


What DOES help in situations like this is trying to say the same thing again in a DIFFERENT way whenever you think the person you are talking to might not have understood what you meant. So in the second example ("Not on the agenda!"), the American should have tried saying things like "computer network" or just "computers" instead of saying "system" over and over.

Though to be fair, he did say "new computer system" the second time. Still, there are ways it could have been handled better.
2012-12-06 10:41:54 AM  
1 votes:
#2 was surely an intentional mistranslation.
2012-12-06 10:21:32 AM  
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ciberido: cgraves67: They should try talking louder and slower. That always helps.

What DOES help in situations like this is trying to say the same thing again in a DIFFERENT way whenever you think the person you are talking to might not have understood what you meant. So in the second example ("Not on the agenda!"), the American should have tried saying things like "computer network" or just "computers" instead of saying "system" over and over.

Though to be fair, he did say "new computer system" the second time. Still, there are ways it could have been handled better.


I think the interpreter was just being a douchebag in that second one. He knew perfectly well the guy was saying system...
 
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