Language Barrier

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There are about five thousand different languages spoken on Earth.

Chevrolet tried marketing a Chevrolet Nova in Spanish speaking countries — it didn’t sell well because “no va” means “doesn’t go” in Spanish.

In Italy, a campaign for Schweppes Tonic Water translated the name to Schweppes Toilet Water.

In Papua New Guinea, there are villages within five miles of each other that speak different languages.

More than twenty-six dialects of Quichua are spoken in Ecuador.

Native speakers of Japanese learn Spanish more easily than English. Native speakers of English learn Spanish more easily than Japanese.

Polish is the only word in the English language that, when capitalized, is changed from a noun to a nationality.

Rio de Janeiro translates to River of January.

The correct response to the Irish greeting “Top of the morning to you” is, “And the rest of the day to yourself.”

The Kentucky Fried Chicken slogan “Finger-lickin’ good” came out as “Eat your fingers off” in Chinese.

The best-known western names in China are Jesus Christ, Richard Nixon, and Elvis Presley.

No Spanish words begin with the letter W (except for those of American-English origin).

The Eskimo language has more than twenty words to describe different kinds of snow.


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Jane Araguel August 23, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Its funny when you translate one word from a language to another, it has a whole different meaning. Sometimes there isn’t even a word for it so they try to compensate with another word. But today since English is the most dominant language in the world, you can almost go anywhere and survive there. As long as it isn’t in the deep North Pole or the Jungles of Africa, I think you’ll do fine. Nice one Michael.

Michael Berry August 24, 2011 at 8:01 am

Thanks for your comments Jane.

Sheila September 7, 2011 at 5:12 pm

It’s really funny when you say something and get a different response. That’s why there are lots of translators now a day to help break language barrier or the communication gap.

Though English is the most dominant language in the world but sad to say that there are still lots of people who don’t speak or even understand the English dialect.

Michael Berry September 7, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Yes it is thanks for your comments.