Tag Archives: Translation

17 Translated Signs Gone Wrong


Since us native English speakers have decided that English is the most important language in the world, you would think we would be a little kinder to those choosing to learn our language. When instead, we titter, mock, and joyfully repeat every single mistake learners make for the amusement of ourselves and other natives—or take(…)

12 Untranslatable Words You Can Use on the Daily


Have you ever just wanted to punch someone in the face? Like something about them just brings out all of your repressed anger? It’s probably because of their backpfeifengesicht, a German word for “a face asking to be punched”. The term is a combination of backpfeife (punch/slap) and gesicht (face) and is absolutely untranslatable. I(…)

Foreign Language Decline: Translation Tools


Given all the tools and tricks of translation that are available to us on our phones, tablets and browsers currently, it makes you wonder why would anyone go to the trouble of putting the effort in to learning a language for themselves? Yes, we know language learning is important, but when predictive text types your(…)

The English Book Translation Adventures: The Final Chapter


In our last look at some of our favourite books written in the English language that have been translated into multiple other languages, we have a somewhat eclectic mix for you: which ones have you read? Game of Thrones, George R R Martin Unless you have been living under that proverbial rock that all non-pop(…)

Most Popular English Language Translated Books: Another Look


This week looking at translated books, we are feeling a little nostalgic for the books we read when we were growing up. It is comforting to know that some of our firm favourites are also loved the world over. For example, did you know that Hans Christian Anderson’s book Anderson’s Fairy Tales was translated from(…)

Most Popular Books in English That Have Been Translated


The bible is said to be the most translated book in the world. Translated from the alleged original languages of Hebrew, Aramaic and Koiné Greek, there are thought to be at least 530 full translations of the bible, and over 2800 partial ones from revered passages. So if you are stuck for something to read(…)