In a surreal exchange, mediated by Carlos Ferrero Martín and Margaret Marks, and with the usual machine googleation, “in declarations conducted in Majorca days ago, our minister of Culture, Bald Carmen, pronounced the following phrase: ‘Before cook I was fraila’.” Whereupon the journalist said, ‘Bis bald, Carmen,’ but was severely beaten by the Balearic pun police, still fluent in German 60 years on, before he managed to get to the bar.
- Castilla y León -> Catalunya
Our sands may be shifting more than we thought: Google Translate thinks (< Carlos Ferrero) that Castile and León in Spanish is Catalonia in Catalan. X steps forward, Y steps back.
- Fake story about a fake passport
The headline belongs to Josu at Malaprensa, who has the marvellous story of how Guus Hiddink’s comment in Bild that it was unfortunate that Mesut Özil had distinguished himself with a bad pass was translated in the Spanish press as Hiddink regretting a false passport having been required to enable him to play for Germany.
- ¿Pero este a quién se ha follado?
Doing the rounds, and sent this way by Carlos Ferrero Martín. Comments on the post say the Spanish TV interpreter is working from the English interpreter rather than from the Fukushima spokesman’s Japanese, and he appears, shall we say, less than impressed by the quality of information on offer and forgets the microphone is on:
- Guillermo Carnero > Guillermo Sheep