Bryan Chau
Lost in Translation

We're all learning a new language! 

Having fun and struggling with it at the same time. 


Its not easy to learn a new language so we always need help to translate a language whether it is by another individual or by a device. 


I've had many multiple experiences where the meaning is either lost in translation or completely translated into something else. 


For example: I am making a joke and having small talk with my children in class in Korea and I tell one of the students, "If you answer the question, we can be friends!" One student answers, "No, we cannot be friends. You are a teacher and I am a student".


Apparently the meaning of the joke is lost in translation and the student mistook the meaning of the sentence to be about age and seniority. Because in Korean culture, age matters greatly and oftentimes those within the same age are called 'friends' and do not have to speak with more resepct to each other.


So what language are you currently learning?

And what incident have you experienced a lost in translation.

Feel free to share! ^^

Jan 24, 2016 3:07 PM
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"No pain, no gain."

January 24, 2016

Egyptian Arabic, German and brushing up on my Spanish, which I was already fluent in during my Uni days 35 years ago.


I know that there will always be untranslatable phrases, expressions, jokes, etc, both in my own language and everybody else's, so I just go with the flow and try to absorb as much as I can.

January 24, 2016