Rosetta Stone dumbasses

Peter < Peter. The only way of learning a language quickly and (sometimes) cheaply is with a pillow dictionary. All else is suckerbait.

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Last updated 11/12/2012

This post pre-dates my organ-grinding days, and may be imported from elsewhere.

Barcelona (1366):

English language (462):

Föcked Translation (414): I posted to a light-hearted blog called Fucked Translation over on Blogger from 2007 to 2016, when I was often in Barcelona. Its original subtitle was "What happens when Spanish institutions and businesses give translation contracts to relatives or to some guy in a bar who once went to London and only charges 0.05€/word." I never actually did much Spanish-English translation (most of my work is from Dutch, French and German) but I was intrigued and amused by the hubristic Spanish belief, then common, that nepotism and quality went hand in hand, and by the nemeses that inevitably followed.

Rosetta Stone (1): The Rosetta Stone is a granodiorite stele, found in 1799, inscribed with three versions of a decree issued at Memphis, Egypt in 196 BC during the Ptolemaic dynasty on behalf of King Ptolemy V.

Spain (1835):

Spanish language (501):

Translation (788):


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