miniflea: Happy Hours: So, if you can't hire someone fluent in both languages hire 2 interpreters, one who speaks English as a first language and one who speaks Afghan as a first language. Pay them less - they're more like interpreter apprentices but they can check each other while also improving their language skills.I'm sure mistranslations are nothing new and I often wonder how different cultures communicated when encountering each other for the first time especially when Europeans arrived in the Western Hemisphere. (Probably not very well is my guess).Regarding how Europeans communicated with newly contacted cultures in the Americas, I recently read an account written by a soldier who was with Cortez throughout his conquest of the Aztecs, Bernal Diaz. They did two things. One, the Spaniards captured some local women and taught them english. One in particular served as both translator, ambassador and consort to Cortez. Two, the expedition found two Spaniards who had been shipwrecked (or something) years earlier and had been living among the natives, even marrying and having kids. One of them agreed to go with the expedition, the other one though escaped back to his native family as soon as he could. Especially amusing/heartbreaking are the parts where he described the Spaniards trying to get them to tear down their religious idols and put up crosses. He says the translators essentially said to Cortez "uh... yeah, I don't think they're going to go for that, boss". In a very few instances (trying to preserve/cement an alliance) Cortez did back down and tell his priest to cool it.
Arkanaut: My hovercraft is full of IED's :(
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