Getting Lost into Translation

March 11, 2012by future-trans0
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Why Localization is so important in the Marketing and Advertising field?

 

There is nothing worse than spending millions of dollars on an advertising campaign or a product launch only to cancel later, not mentioning the PR disasters that happens later on.

Nobody is perfect 🙂

When Rolls Royce sold its cars in the German market they removed the “Silver Mist” name from its cars because the word “Mist” exists in German language and means manure.

However no one is shielded from poor translation!

The Scandinavian vacuum manufacturer Electrolux once Enchanted the American market with the slogan “Nothing Sucks like an Electrolux”

When the Pope visited Miami and an American entrepreneurial printed T-shirts in English and Spanish, the English version read “le Papa” (The Pope) but the Spanish language version read “la Papa” which meant “I saw the potato”!

Of course all of these advertisers could have saved a lot of money, time, and face if they have tested their translations by native speakers and gaining a very good understanding of their newly penetrated market.

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