Skip to content

Yours *TrulyJuly*

I do everything content.

Tag Archives: Localisation

 

Always busy promoting that Rats Make Great Pets, I research many a things rat related, switching between English and German.

 

Looking for an adequate translation of ‘pet rat’ into German I come across some interesting Google suggestions:

Google Translate gets it wrong: 'pet rat' is not 'Hausratte'.

Google Translate gets it wrong: ‘pet rat’ is not ‘Hausratte’.

 

An example how bad translation can make a wrong word commonplace.

 

The noun ‘pet’ is a lovely short word of endearment in English.

In German, it is: ‘Haustier’. A long awkward and rather impersonal term meaning literally ‘house animal’.

 

Yet, I see a lot of ‘Haustier Ratte’ around the internet:

Google wrongly corrects my spelling due to wrong translations on the internet.

Google wrongly corrects my spelling due to wrong translations on the internet.

 

This is just one of many examples how the internet lowers the standard of language use.

 

First of all, it’d be ‘Haustierratte’.

German likes to join the words together that belong together for quicker understanding. However, it also creates long words, very long words.

Like ‘Haustierratte’ would be one of those long awkward words.

 

The ‘Tier’ in ‘Haustier’ becomes redundant as we specified the animal as a rat, so the shortened version ‘Hausratte’ springs to mind.

However, ‘Hausratte’ is already taken as the overall classification of the Rattus rattus and is therefore wrong as a translation for ‘pet rat’.

 

Luckily, German has a word for ‘domesticated rat’: Farbratte

 

Wikipedia automatically redirects Haustierratte to Farbratte.

 

Farbratte literally means colour rat.

As opposed to wild rats, which are all agouti, a brownish greyish coat all over.

The colours of domesticated rats vary wildly in shades, markings, and body and coat type.

 

Funny enough, Farbratte would be translated into English as Fancy rat.

So we’re back at the beginning: There is no real translation for ‘pet rat’ into German…

 

Maybe then ‘Haustierratte’ is fitting, for me it represents something like this:

Haustierratte: This is what I picture a house pet rat to look like: All prim and proper, tending to her home.

Haustierratte: This is what I picture a house pet rat to look like: All prim and proper, tending to her home.

 

#RatsMakeGreatPets

#TranslationFail

#LocalisationRatherThanTranslation

 

Advertisements

Tags: , ,

 

Thanks to the GDPR every website is now asking for your permission on this and that and what?

 

No idea what it says, but I 'Akkoord en Sluiten' then.

No idea what it says, but I ‘Akkoord en Sluiten’ then.

 

Wanting to access an English webpage in a different country, I am forced to first agree (That’s what I can gather with my little dutch ‘akkoord’ means) before this pop-up window closes (I guess that’s what ‘sluiten’ means) and lets me continue to the site.

 

The practice of forcing you to agree to something because otherwise you can’t access the content, is frowned upon and some argue illegal as per GDPR.

 

After all, I could simply access your website while you don’t collect my data, that should be the consumer’s right.

 

But how valid can my agreement really be taken if I made it in a language I don’t understand?

 

For all I know I could’ve signed my life away there thinking it was about cookies.

 

And yet the data collected makes this a perfectly law compliant practice. – After all they’ve fulfilled their legal requirement to get my Cookie Consent.

 

#LocalisationFail

 

Tags: , , ,

 

The official Microsoft Help Page in German seriously presents me with English screenshots to accompany the guiding process on my German computer:

Localisation Fail – Microsoft Help uses English Screengrabs in German copy

Localisation Fail – Microsoft Help uses English Screengrabs in German copy

 

As you can see German technical words such as ‘Systemsteuerung’ are very different from the English ‘Control Panel’.

This is not a direct translation and thus can turn out to be difficult to find, even when you’re familiar in both languages.

 

But besides possible problems this can cause, it’s simply a slap in the face of lazy customer service.

 

Especially with anything that requires help, the way to fix it should be straight forward and, well, helpful.

If visual instructions are included, these need to be translated for the local market, too.

 

That’s why localisation is so essential: The entire process needs to be recreated in the local language and settings to provide the context needed to fully understand the translation.

 

This is a big fat #LocalisationFail for Microsoft.

 

Tags: ,

 

English words and their many meanings…

 

Google Translate gets it wrong: 'Abandoned Plot' does not mean 'Verlassene Handlung'.

Google Translate gets it wrong: ‘Abandoned Plot’ does not mean ‘Verlassene Handlung’.

 

Trying to find a precise translation of ‘abandoned plot’ produced a funny result, as ‘plot’ can of course also refer to the storyline of a book or movie.

 

‘Verlassene Handlung’ sounds like having given up on the underlying thread of meaning.

 

Kind of what goes through my mind when I look at the abandoned plot next door…

 

Tags: , ,

 

Google Doodle gets it wrong: Googln

Google Doodle gets it wrong: Googln

 

This Google Doodle about Ludwig Sutterlin promotes the invention of the Sütterlinschrift.

However, “Googln” is not a German word.

It is rather “Googeln”, according to the Duden.

That’s why proper localisation is crucial.

 

Tags: , ,

Google Translate gets it wrong and turns a small ball into a meat ball: 'Baellchen' does not always refer to 'frikkadelle'!

Google Translate gets it wrong and turns a small ball into a meat ball: ‘Baellchen’ does not always refer to ‘frikkadelle’!

The word I was looking for is ‘balletjie’, because when our puppies sleep, they curl up into a cutie balletjie.

‘Balletjie’ is the diminutive of ‘ball’ in Afrikaans.

I don’t speak Afrikaans, and ‘balletjie’ sounds very different from how it’s spelled – more like ‘ballikie’. But it’s such an awesome word that I try different hacks to get to the correct spelling.

One way of course could be to learn the Afrikaans grammar. Another could be to quickly look up the translation.

English doesn’t really have proper diminutives. You can say ‘little ball’ for a translation, but that doesn’t yield the results I’m looking for.

So I tried the German diminutive of ball: ‘Bällchen’.

And to my utter surprise Google translates this with ‘frikkadelle’!

‘Frikkadelle’ is of course a meat ball. For Google to turn a small ball into a meatball, not on! 😮

 

Tags: , ,

#LocalisationFail: When the Translation Add-on needs to be translated...

#LocalisationFail: When the Translation Add-on needs to be translated…

 

I’d like my mom to read my blog, so I’m researching Translation Add-ons for Firefox.

Unlike Chrome, Firefox doesn’t automatically detect and translate languages. An Add-on is required. This alone makes things highly complicated for my mom, who is technophobic.

To make matters worse, most resources for Firefox are in English, even the ‘About’ section (= ‘Über dieses Add-on’) of this translation tool!

While this Add-on has a good rating, it is completely useless for non-English speakers if the instructions are not provided in their language.

So ideally my mom would have this Add-on installed in order to read how to install this Add-on…

#LocalisationFail

 

Tags:

Irresistibly Fish

sucking the marrow out of life

Motivation

Motivation as a lifestyle

Luna

Every now and then my head is racing with thoughts so I put pen to paper

The Wolf Of Online Marketing

Online Marketing with Marc Gray!

Banter Republic

It's just banter

Motivation Tools

A blog which offers articles books about successful people their strategies.

MIRACLES EACH DAY

Devotionals on A COURSE IN MIRACLES, A COURSE OF LOVE, and THE WAY OF MASTERY . . . with Celia Hales

Zoom Blog

The Video Communications Company

Did You Know

tips , tricks , free plr articles

Finn's Cave

Musings and rantings of Andrew Finn

علي الجازع

.. على ضفاف المدينة .

EnigmaDebunked

Thoughts that provoke yours. (Season II coming in Jan 2020)

SoulGarden

My name is Erica Kleine. I am a Consciousness Coach & Communicator. Join me in exploring various SoulGardening techniques to meet life’s soul-expanding demands and cultivate your inner and outer Self. You can contact me here or find me at SoulGarden144 www.notjustaprettyfac3.wixsite.com/soulgarden144)

Ranzani Design

Clever Design, Stylish Spaces, Iconic Products

Literary Alliance Book Club

Lets have a love affair with books

The Complete Book

A little bit of everything

raw magick

new paradigm culture and lifestyle portal

Plant Abundance

life with food

my homelife blog

Lifestyle, Home, garden, food, travel,photography, art, life, South Africa

Tales from the Trail

World Travel and Adventures

TWIOOS

Artistic Environmental Events for Sustainable Earth Friendly Solutions to Plastic Pollution

Beauty Advice

tips , tricks , free plr articles

How to do yoga

all about Yoga

Your Financial Success

Financial advice

Holiday Royal Way

Travel for Fun and Adventure

WELCOME TO THE ROBYN AESTHETIC!

Just another South African Lifestyle Blog

LUCK-IT

Learn to make your own luck.

All About Pets

tips , tricks , free plr articles

RealEstate Tips

tips , tricks , free plr articles

Self Development

tips , tricks , free plr articles

Top 10 of Anything and Everything - The Fun Top Ten Blog

Animals, Gift Ideas, Travel, Books, Recycling Ideas and Many, Many More

The Wee Writing Lassie

The Musings of a Writer / Freelance Editor in Training

WordPress.com Apps

Apps for any screen

Colorado Chelsea

Hikes and Travels in Colorado and Beyond

About Holistic

Holistic News and Monthly Fayre

Three AM thoughts

I created a new word...... "plagiarism"

petersironwood

Finding, formulating and solving life's frustrations.

Kara Duenas

Where I document my adventures in travel, style, and food

No Bull Marketing Reviews

Honest Reviews of marketing products

www.profitscapes.com/

Online Marketing tips and recommendations

Lawyer/Attorney Information

Articles and Videos to get information about Lawyers and Attorneys

%d bloggers like this: