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Translation, Proofreading, Transcription, Web & Software Localization, Desktop Publishing, Voiceove, Subtitling in Many Foreign Languages and in Various Specialized Fields
Translation, Proofreading, Transcription, Web & Software Localization, Desktop Publishing, Voiceove, Subtitling in Many Foreign Languages and in Various Specialized Fields

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The FAZ is one of the main newspapers in Germany comparable to the New York Times or the Washington Post.

In the FAZ article, Jonas Jansen – who enjoys and samples curious translations, like when a restaurant’s menu turns “Onion Rings” into “Onion calls” – notes that the German webpage of Alibaba is littered with bad mistakes.

Alibaba is the new Chinese company that went public today (September 19) at the New York Stock Market – and is at this moment worth more than Amazon or Ebay. The German site is officially translated by language tools (i.e. machine translation), he notes, and simply shows that the German market is not important for Alibaba, yet. Jansen describes that the whole site looks like a fake and cheap product made in China – not like that of a multi-million dollar company.

Art One Translations' favorite from http://german.alibaba.com/:
"tragbare Audios mit dem lautes geräusch”
"Schwarze knielange sehen, obwohl Überwurfhülse abendkleid“
“Großhandel schwarze offene elegante cocktail-kleid für dicke frauen“ – “dicke frauen“ correctly spelled “dicke Frauen“ is a derogatory term for “full-bodied or large-size women“.

The page uses terms that are derogatory and sometimes close to indecencies offering “hair from virgins” instead of “pure, untreated hair”.

Here is the original article in German:
http://www.faz.net/aktuell/wirtschaft/alibabas-kuriose-uebersetzungsfehler-13163028.html

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