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“Merry Christmas” In Many Languages December 15, 2008

Posted by Fantastic Four in Cultural Diversity, Language, Mini Glossary, Phrases.
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For those of you who celebrate Christmas, here is an alphabetical list of countries and how they say “Merry Christmas” in those countries. I will modify and correct and add to this list as I see fit in the next few weeks. There are so many of these lists on the net, I am hundred percent sure there are many mistakes. Any corrections and alternative suggestions are welcome.

A

Afghanistan: – De Christmas akhtar de bakhtawar au newai kal de mubarak sha
Albania: – Gézuar Krishlindjet
Algeria: – Mboni Chrismen
American: – Samoa – La Maunia Le Kilisimasi
Andorra: – Bon Nadal
Angola: – Boas Festas
Antarctica: – Merry Christmas, Felices Pasquas, Hristos Razdajetsja
Antigua and Barbuda: – Merry Christmas
Argentina: – Feliz Navidad!
Armenia: – Shnorhavor Sourp Dzunount
Aruba: – Bon Pasco, Bon Anja
Australia: – Happy Christmas
Austria: – Frohe Weihnachten
Azerbaijan: – Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun

B

Bahamas: – Happy Christmas
Bahrain: – Mboni Chrismen
Bangladesh: – Shuvo Baro Din
Barbados: – Merry Christmas
Belarus: – Winshuyu sa Svyatkami
Belgium: – Zalig Kerstfeest
Belize: – Merry Christmas
Benin: – Joyeux Noel
Bermuda: – Merry Christmas
Bhutan: – krist Yesu Ko Shuva Janma Utsav Ko Upalaxhma Hardik Shuva
Bolivia: – Feliz Navidad
Bosnia and Herzegowina: – Sretam Bozic, Hristos se rodi
Botswana: – Merry Christmas
Brazil: – Feliz Natal
British Indian Ocean Territory: – Happy Christmas
Brunei Darussalam: – Selamat Hari Natal
Bulgaria: – Vessela Koleda
Burkina Faso: – Joyeux Noel
Burundi: – Noeli Nziza, Joyeux Noel

C

Cameroon: – Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noel
Canada: – Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noel, Merry Christmas, Selamat Hari Natal
Cape Verde: – Boas Festas
Cayman Islands: – Merry Christmas
Central African Republic: – Joyeux Noel
Chad: – Joyeux Noel, Mboni Chrismen
Chile: – Feliz Navidad China Sheng Tan Kuai Loh
Christmas Island: – Merry Christmas
Colombia: – Feliz Navidad para todos
Comoros: – Joyeux Noel, Mboni Chrismen
Congo: – Joyeux Noel
Cook Islands: – Merry Christmas, Kia orana e kia manuia rava i teia Kiritime
Costa Rica: – Feliz Navidad
Cote D’ivoire: – Joyeux Noel
Croatia: – Sretan Bozic
Cuba: – Feliz Navidad
Cyprus: – Eftihismena Christougenna, Noeliniz kutlu olsun ve yeni yili
Czech Republic: – Vesele Vanoce

D

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea: – Sung Tan Chuk Ha
Denmark: – Glaedelig Jul
Djibouti: – Joyeux Noel, Mboni Chrismen
Dominica: – Merry Christmas
Dominican Republic: – Feliz Navidad

E

Ecuador: – Feliz Navidad
Egypt: – Mboni Chrismen
El Salvador: – Feliz Navidad
Equatorial Guinea: – Joyeux Noel, Feliz Navidad
Eritrea: – Melkam Yelidet Beaal, Poket Kristmet
Estonia: – Haid Joule, Rôômsaid Jôule
Ethiopia: – Melkam Yelidet Beaal, Poket Kristmet, Merry Christmas

F

Falkland Islands (Malvinas): – Merry Christmas
Faroe Islands: – Gledhilig jol
Federated States of Mirconesia: – Merry Christmas
Fiji: – Merry Christmas
Finland: – Hauskaa Joulua
France: – Joyeux Noel
French Guiana: – Joyeux Noel
French Polynesia: – Joyeux Noel, La ora i te Noera
French Southern Territories: – Joyeux Noel

G

Gabon: – Joyeux Noel
Gambia: – Merry Christmas
Georgia: – Gilotsavt Krist’es Shobas
Germany: – Frohliche Weihnachten
Ghana: – Afishapa
Gibraltar: – Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad
Greece: – Eftihismena Christougenna
Greenland: – Glædelig Jul, Juullimi Ukiortaassamilu Pilluarit
Grenada: – Merry Christmas
Guadeloupe: – Joyeux Noel
Guam: – Merry Christmas, Felis Pasgua
Guatemala: – Feliz Navidad
Guinea: – Joyeux Noel
Guinea-bissau: – Boas Festas
Guyana: – Merry Christmas

H

Haiti: – Jwaye Nwel
Honduras: – Feliz Navidad
Hong Kong: – Sing dan fiy loc, Merry Christmas
Hungary: – Boldog Karácsonyt

I

Iceland: – Gleðileg Jól
India: – Shub Naya Baras
Indonesi: – a Salamet Hari Natal
Iraq: – Idah Saidan Wasanah Jadidah
Ireland: – Nollaig shona duit (thank you Mr Sneeze)
Israel: – Mo’adim Lesimkha
Italy: – Buon Natale

J

Jamaica: – Merry Christmas
Japan: – Merii Kurisumasu
Jordan: – Mboni Chrismen, Merry Christmas

K

Kazakhstan: – Hristos Razdajetsja, Rozdjestvom Hristovim
Kenya: – Merry Christmas
Kiribati: – Merry Christmas
Kuwait: – Mboni Chrismen, Merry Christmas
Kyrgyzstan: – Hristos Razdajetsja

L

Latvia: – Priecigus ziemassvetkus!
Lebanon: – Milad Majeed
Lesotho: – Happy Christmas
Liberia: – Happy Christmas
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya: – Mboni Chrismen, Buon Natale, Happy Christmas
Liechtenstein: – Frohliche Weihnachten
Lithuania: – Laimingu Kaledu
Luxembourg: – Schéi Krëschtdeeg

M

Macau: – Boas Festas, Sing dan fiy loc
Madagascar: – Joyeux Noel, Arahaba tratry ny Krismasy
Malawi: – Merry Christmas, Moni Wa Chikondwelero Cha X’mas
Malaysia: – Selamat Hari Krimas
Mali: – Joyeux Noel
Malta: Il-Milied it-Tajjeb
Malta: Il-Festi t-Tajba
Marshall islands: – Monono ilo raaneoan Nejin
Martinique: – Joyeux Noel
Mauritius: – Merry Christmas
Mayotte: – Krismas Njema Na Heri Za Mwaka Mpya, Joyeux Noel
Mexico: – Feliz Navidad
Monaco: – Joyeux Noel
Montserrat: – Merry Christmas
Morocco: – Mboni Chrismen
Mozambique: – Boas Festas

N

Namibia: – Geseende Kersfees
Nepal: – krist Yesu Ko Shuva Janma Utsav Ko Upalaxhma Hardik Shuva
Netherlands: – Prettige Kerstdagen
Netherlands Antilles: – Bon Pasco, Bon Anja
New Caledonia: – Joyeux Noel
New zealand: – Happy Christmas
Nicaragua: – Feliz Navidad
Niger: – Joyeux Noel
Nigeria: – Merry Christmas
Norfolk Island: – Merry Christmas
Northern Mariana Islands: – Filis Pasgua, Merry Christmas
Norway: – Gledelig Jul OR God Jul

O

Oman: – Mboni Chrismen

P

Pakistan: – Bara Din Mubarrak Ho
Palau: – Merry Christmas
Panama: – Feliz Navidad
Papua New Guinea: – Bikpela hamamas blong dispela Krismas
Paraguay: – Feliz Navidad
Peru: – Feliz Navidad
Philippines: – Maligayang Pasko
Pitcairn: – Merry Christmas
Poland: – Boze Narodzenie
Portugal: – Boas Festas
Puerto Rico: – Feliz Navidad, Felices Pascuas, Felicidades

Q

Qatar: – Mboni Chrismen

R

Republic of Korea: – Sungtan Chukha
Republic of Moldova: – Craciun fericit si un An Nou fericit!
Reunion: – Joyeux Noel
Romania: – Sarbatori vesele
Russian Federation: – С Рождеством! S’razhdistvam! OR Счастливого Рождества! Sh’aslivava Razhdistva!
Rwanda: – Noheli Nziza

S

Saint Kitts and Nevis:- Happy Christmas
Saint Lucia: – Happy Christmas
Saint Vincent and The Grenadines: – Happy Christmas
Samoa: – Manuia Le Kirisimasi
San Marino: – Buon Natale
Sao Tome and Principe: – Boas Festas
Saudi Arabia: – Mboni Chrismen
Senegal: – Joyeux Noel
Seychelles: – Happy Christmas, Joyeux Noel
Sierra Leone: – Happy Christmas
Singapore: – Sheng Tan Kuai Loh, Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal, Happy Christmas
Slovakia (Slovak Republic): – Vesele Vianoce
Slovenia: – Srecen Bozic
South Africa: – Geseënde Kersfees, Happy Christmas
South Georgia and The South Sandwich Islands: – Happy Christmas
Spain: – Feliz Navidad
Sri Lanka: – Subha nath thalak Vewa, Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal
St. Helena: – Happy Christmas
St. Pierre and Miquelon: – Joyeux Noel
Sudan: – Wilujeng Natal
Suriname: – Zalig Kersfeest, Wang swietie Kresnetie
Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands: – Hristos Razdajetsja, Gledelig Jul
Swaziland: – Happy Christmas
Sweden: – God Jul
Switzerland: – Fröhlichi Wiehnacht, Joyeux Noel
Syrian Arab Republic: – Mboni Chrismen

T

Taiwan: – Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan
Thailand: – Ewadee Pe-e Mai
The Democratic Republic of The Congo: – Joyeux Noel
The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: – Streken Bozhik
Togo: – Joyeux Noel
Tokelau: – Merry Christmas
Tonga: – Kilisimasi Fiefia
Trinidad and Tobago: – Happy Christmas
Tunisia: – Mboni Chrismen
Turkey: – Mutlu Noeller
Turks and Caicos Islands: – Happy Christmas

U

Uganda: – Webale Krismasi
Ukraine: – Veseloho Vam Rizdva
United Arab Emirates: – I’d miilad said oua sana saida
United Kingdom: – Merry Christmas, Happy Christmas, Nadolig Llawen
United Republic of Tanzania: – Krismas Njema Na Heri Za Mwaka Mpya, Happy Christmas
United States: – Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Season’s Greetings
Uruguay: – Feliz Navidad

V

Vanuatu: – Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noel
Venezuela: – Feliz Navidad
Viet Nam: – Chuc mung Giang Sinh
Virgin Islands (British): – Merry Christmas
Virgin Islands (U.S.): – Merry Christmas

W

Wallis and Futuna Islands: – Joyeux Noel

Y

Yemen: – Mboni Chrismen
Yugoslavia: – Cestitamo Bozic

Z

Zambia: – Happy Christmas
Zimbabwe: – Happy Christmas

Where Did The Translation Go Wrong? Part I September 17, 2008

Posted by Fantastic Four in Cultural Diversity, Funnies, Translation.
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Over the years I have worked not only as a translator but also a proofreader. I have come across some outrageous translations. There were more than a few times when I had to re-translate the whole thing myself since trying to correct the errors would have taken much longer than starting from scratch.

In this first instalment of my “Where did the translation go wrong?” series, I present to you signs and notices from different countries. I am sure some will make you cringe, some laugh perhaps with a whoa here and there. Many of these have been circulating all over the net bouncing back and forth amongst us, the translators. The ones down below are my personal favourites and they are quite popular on the net.

Uhm… ok…

Bangkok ~ In a dry cleaner’s:
Drop your trousers here for best results.

Bangkok ~ In a temple:
It is forbidden to enter a woman even a foreigner if dressed as a man.

France ~ In a Paris hotel elevator:
Please leave your values at the front desk.

Greece ~ In Athens:
Visitors are expected to complain at the office between the hours of 9 and 11 a.m. daily.

Hong Kong ~ Outside a tailor shop:
Ladies may have a fit upstairs.

Hong Kong ~ In an advertisement by a dentist:
Teeth extracted by the latest Methodists.

Hungary ~ In a Budapest zoo:
Please do not feed the animals. If you have any suitable food, give it to the guard on duty.

Italy ~ In a laundry in Rome:
Ladies, leave your clothes here and spend the afternoon having a good time.

Japan ~ in a Tokyo hotel:
Is forbidden to steal hotel towels please. If you are not a person to do such thing is please not to read notis.

Japan ~ In a Tokyo bar:
Special cocktails for the ladies with nuts.

Japan ~ In an information booklet about using a hotel air conditioner:
Cooles and Heates: If you want just condition of warm in your room, please control yourself.

Japan ~ In a brochure of a car rental firm in Tokyo:
When passenger of foot heave in sight, tootle the horn. Trumpet him melodiously at first, but if he still obstacles your passage then tootle him with vigor.

Mexico ~ In an Acapulco hotel:
The manager has personally passed all the water served here.

Norway ~ In a Norwegian cocktail lounge:
Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar.

Poland ~ On the menu of a hotel:
Salad a firm’s own make; limpid red beet soup with cheesy dumplings in the form of a finger; roasted duck let loose; beef rashers beaten up in the country people’s fashion.

Rhodes ~ In a tailor shop:
Order your summers suit. Because is big rush we will execute customers in strict rotation.

Romania ~ in a Bucharest hotel lobby:
The lift is being fixed for the next day. During that time we regret that you will be unbearable.

Russia ~ From the Soviet Weekly:
There will be a Moscow Exhibition of Arts by 15,000 Soviet Republic painters and sculptors. These were executed over the past two years.

Russia ~ In the lobby of a Moscow hotel across from a Russian Orthodox monastery:
You are welcome to visit the cemetery where famous Russian and Soviet composers, artists, and writers are buried daily except Thursday.

Serbia ~ In a Belgrade hotel elevator:
To move the cabin, push button for wishing floor. If the cabin should enter more persons, each one should press a number of wishing floor. Driving is then going alphabetically by national order.

Switzerland ~ On a menu:
Our wines leave you nothing to hope for.

Switzerland ~ In a Zurich hotel:
Because of the impropriety of entertaining guests of the opposite sex in the bedroom, it is suggested that the lobby be used for this purpose.

Yugoslavia ~ In a hotel:
The flattening of underwear with pleasure is the job of the chambermaid.

AND, one that shows us how some products should never make it to another country promoted with the same name:

Australia To Spain ~ The Mitsubishi four wheel drive marketed in Australia as the “Pajero” was the cause of great embarrassment in Spain where “Pajero” means “masturbator”.

Naturally, when the cars didn’t sell they changed the name to Montero…

I say Pajero you say Montero…

On a box;

Thanks for the warning

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Next instalment: The most common mistakes – I have observed – Turkish people make when they speak or write in English language. It mostly points to the differences in the sentence structures and the parts of speech between the two languages. Stay tuned!