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Re: Learning Welsh (and Other Languages)

Postby Courtenay » 04 Nov 2017, 18:36

I'm still not actually learning Welsh, but something put me in mind of funny mistranslations again this afternoon and I came across these: Lost in Translation... amusingly-translated Welsh signs

(Some of them I've seen before — the "not in the office" road sign is by now legendary — but some I hadn't... number 3, 5, 7 and especially 8 had me absolutely cracking up. :mrgreen: )

Anita Bensoussane wrote:I just watched that clip with the subtitles on. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch came out as "plan by the cross-linking to go get cleaned Robert Francis to do go go go"!


Meanwhile, out of interest, I just rewatched it to see if the subtitle function has become any more fluent in Welsh over the past year or so. It now comes out as "clan biota pushed winger to GoGet Oakland Robert Lanza Sileo go go go". :shock:
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Re: Learning Welsh (and Other Languages)

Postby Anita Bensoussane » 04 Nov 2017, 19:07

:lol: Why don't they just get a Welsh speaker to do the translating?!
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Re: Learning Welsh (and Other Languages)

Postby sixret » 04 Nov 2017, 19:28

My exact thought! :D
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Re: Learning Welsh (and Other Languages)

Postby Courtenay » 04 Nov 2017, 19:33

Yeah, you'd think they would. I can understand ending up with "Chinglish" and so on where someone attempts to translate a sign into English in a country or region where there aren't many fluent English speakers. But you'd think in Wales they might be able to find at least a few fluent Welsh speakers... :shock: :roll: :P
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Re: Learning Welsh (and Other Languages)

Postby Wolfgang » 05 Nov 2017, 07:23

It's interesting to see that Gaelic obviously didn't have a word for bridge or that it was replaced or very similar to the Latin "pons, pontis" in Welsh.
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Re: Learning Welsh (and Other Languages)

Postby Anita Bensoussane » 05 Nov 2017, 10:06

Yes - quite a few Latin words were incorporated into Brittonic during the time of Roman rule. This short article explains things concisely and well:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/history/site ... mans.shtml
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Re: Learning Welsh (and Other Languages)

Postby Eddie Muir » 05 Nov 2017, 11:25

A very interesting article. Thanks for posting the link, Anita. :D
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Re: Learning Welsh (and Other Languages)

Postby IceMaiden » 05 Nov 2017, 20:48

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Those are brilliant Courtenay! I've got a stitch in my side laughing at them, particularly the sheep shearers and exploding workers!! :shock: :mrgreen:
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Re: Learning Welsh (and Other Languages)

Postby Courtenay » 05 Nov 2017, 21:30

IceMaiden wrote:I've got a stitch in my side laughing at them, particularly the sheep shearers and exploding workers!! :shock: :mrgreen:


I'm reminding myself to look out for them when I next go for a holiday in Wales!! :twisted: :wink:
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Re: Learning Welsh (and Other Languages)

Postby Moonraker » 06 Nov 2017, 19:17

Incredible signs. I wonder what a Welsh court of law would have made with the keep right/left road sign.
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Re: Learning Welsh (and Other Languages)

Postby Machupicchu14 » 14 Nov 2017, 19:42

I have started learning German, and the study, the learning, and this language are all so amazing. I will nevr regret this choice of beginning to learn German, because it is definitely worth it. And I think I am doing quite well so far! :D One of the main reasons I started learning German was because I simply love German literature and German culture. I can't wait to read Hesse, Walser, Goethe, and so many others excellent writers in their native language... :D
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