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Have you dined at the Translate Server Error lately?

File this post under Lost in (Machine) Translation.

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This photo arrived courtesy of Gareth Morgan at Neovia Financial.

Apparently the proprietor of this restaurant in China decided to create an English-language sign using machine translation (MT) software and, apparently, the MT engine wasn’t working all that well.

So instead of “restaurant” we have “translate server error.”

It’s certainly one of the more memorable restaurant names I’ve come across. I’ll be sure to look out for it when I visit!

And I’ve love to know which MT engine delivered this message.

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John Yunker
John is co-founder of Byte Level Research and author of Think Outside the Country as well as 14 annual editions of The Web Globalization Report Card. He is also co-founder of Ashland Creek Press.
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1 thought on “Have you dined at the Translate Server Error lately?

  1. Another similar blunder in the news this week, this one with a Harry Potter connection!
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/arts_and_culture/3079032.stm

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