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Important translations that are just WRONG. Why not let me help me improve your English communications? ● 大事な翻訳や広報が間違っていませんか?気になっていませんか?私にコミュニケーションアドバイスをさせてください。

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The Thrillseekersの「Waiting Here For You」の日本語の歌詞

Posted on August 7th, 2008

もう一年前からの曲なんだけど、最近はまってきて、友達に英語の練習のため日本語に翻訳してもらった。それにかなり時間をかけたから誰にも見せないともったいないと思ってここに載せることにした。

だれかに役立つように… 本当にいい曲だよ!

歌詞の翻訳

Thanks to Shoko.

Day and night divided
Two worlds torn apart
I’m standing in your shadow
I wonder where you are
This is my confession
This is my heart burning down
Giving out and taking me over

日と夜が分けられた二つの世界に苦しんでいる
あなたの影に立って
あなたがどこにいるかと考えてて
これは私の告白
私の心は焼け落ちて
(心が)衰えて、(この気持ちしか考えられない)

So far away
I don’t know where I am
So hard to take
You slipped right thru my hands
With so much left unspoken
Unopened
I’m broken
I’ll be waiting here for you…

遠く離れた所
どこにいるかわからない
すごく認めにくい
あなたが私の手からからスルリと逃げた
話してないことまだ沢山…
私は壊れて
ここであなたを待っています

There’s nothing here to cling to
Nothing more to prove
I’m walking on a wire
With nothing left to lose
If this is where you want me
This is where I’ll be
Holding out ’til you come back to me

執着するものはない
しょうめいすることのはない
ワイヤーを歩く
失うものはもうない
あなたが私に帰ってくるまで
ここで我慢して待ってる

So far away
I don’t know where I am
So hard to take
Knowing I’ve done all I can
Trapped inside a moment
I’m frozen
Torn open

遠いところ
私はどこにいるかわからない
我慢しにくい
出来るだけ頑張ったのに…
瞬間に閉じこまれて
動けない
(体が)破れた

Cuz I’m falling, I’m falling, I’m calling out
I need you near me now
Keeping me safe
You can break it or fake it or take it in
I wanna start again
Take me away
Come and take me away…

ボロボロだ~~
呼んでいる
私にはあなたが近くにいることが必要。
守って欲しい
壊れるかごまかすか全てを理解する
もう一度はじめたい
私を連れていって
来て連れてって

I’ll be waiting here for you..

これからここであなたを待っています。

切ない感じ…

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機械翻訳に頼りすぎる危険性

Posted on July 22nd, 2008

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この間友達が機械翻訳に頼りすぎる危険性についてのブログポストを転送してくれました。

かわいそうな中国の訳者が中国語で「レストラン」を自動翻訳を使って英語に訳したみたいです。でも出てきたのは翻訳じゃなくて、「翻訳サーバーエラー」というエラーメッセージでした。それが翻訳だと勘違いして、大きいな看板に書きました。

このごろの狭い地球にはこういうことを避けられると思います。大事な翻訳はネイティブ・スピーカーに確認してもらうか私に助けてもらってください!

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No dash on to a Train

Posted on July 3rd, 2008

No dash on to a TrainThis photo comes from the platform of the Seaside Line in Yokohama which I used last weekend to go to the Yokohama Bayside Marina to go sailing with a friend of mine. (It also goes to Hakkeijima Sea Paradise.

I find this sign a bit striking because it is located so close to Tokyo. Usually the more into the countryside one goes, the worse the English becomes, but in this case it’s near Tokyo and Yokohama.

The mistakes here of course are the use of the indefinite article (“a”) instead of the definite article (“the”), the capitalization of “Train”, and the space between “on to” – all admittedly difficult nuances since they don’t exist in Japanese. All the more reason to ask a native speaker such as myself to proofread your important English translation that will be seen by thousands of people!

Shock English: No dash on to a Train
Correct English: Don’t run onto the train; Don’t dash onto the train

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Public security announcements: understandable, but why not proofread the headlines?

Posted on June 18th, 2008

Security Announcement PosterHere’s another poster I recently saw in a subway station. In this case the English isn’t terrible to the point of being wrong or misleading. But it’s still wrong. How easy would it to be to get a native speaker to check the phrasing on important posters like this in public places that are seen by many people?

Shock English: We reinforce railway security.
Correct English: Reinforcement of railway security:

Shock English: Other rules when you see unattended item. Don’t touch! Don’t smell! Don’t move!
Correct English: When you see a suspicious item: Don’t touch it! Don’t smell it! Don’t move it!

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Classic restaurant mistake

Posted on June 16th, 2008

Advance pay the priceSome classic poor English at a restaurant I went to over the weekend in Shibuya, Tokyo. Okay, I think it does convey the point that you have to pay for your meal at the time of ordering. But still, for a restaurant in cosmopolitan downtown Tokyo, I think we can do better. Even a literal translation of the Japanese (“advance payment system”) would be better than what they have!

Shock English: advance pay the price
Correct English: Please pay in advance

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Emergency help buttons almost always in Japanese

Posted on June 16th, 2008

Emergency Help ButtonToilet with Emergency Help Button

Here’s another common sight in Japan: emergency help buttons, especially next to toilets, which is without doubt a good idea. The pictures above show a toilet in a public subway station that no doubt it used by many foreigners. The text in Japanese says “Please press in an emergency” on top and “Emergency button” taped on the bottom. The placement of the emergency button is such that it could be easily confused for the flush button by some people. How hard would it be to put a simple English translation on it? No doubt the button has been pressed by mistake by some foreigners; I’m sure originally it didn’t have the protective tape over it at the beginning.

When I was a student studying in Japan during college, our Japanese reading skills were really awful. Many
apartments also have emergency buttons in the bathrooms. I still remember going to one of my friend’s apartments with another friend, who accidentally pushed the emergency button instead of flush, as again it didn’t have any English translation! This created quite a stir… I can somewhat understand the buttons in private homes being only in Japanese, but in public places it seems the benefit of avoiding unnecessary false alarms would outweigh the difficulty of writing “Emergency Button” in English. Yet I have still not seen a button with an English translation. I will keep looking…

Suggested English: Emergency Help Button

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For Japan Rail, poor translations mean everything is an accident…

Posted on June 15th, 2008

Delayed Due to Car InspectionDelayed Due to Signal Trouble
Delayed Due to Crowding
Inside the JR Yamanote line trains, since around 2001 or so they’ve had state-of-the-art large LCD sign boards displaying comprehensive train information, news, and commercials. One of the info screens is for train delay information of Tokyo train lines.

But just what are the causes for those delays? Some lazy translator working for JR decided to translate most of the reasons as “accident.” You’d think they’d want to promote themselves as having fewer accidents, not more!

At least some of the translations are reasonable, like the one for crowding (see picture), which I could never imagine happening in America.

So many people see this information every day and the translations are so sloppy and easy to fix that it boggles my mind. Delays due to car inspection and signal trouble seem quite common, but English speaking riders will only see these as accidents. Why don’t we fix these mistakes? (Note: There are more reasons than those in the list below.)

Japanese Shock English Correct English
車内点検 Accident Car Inspection
信号トラブル Accident Signal Trouble
線路障害物 Accident Obstacle on Tracks
お客様混雑 Crowding Crowding
人身事故 Accident Accident
車両事故 Accident Accident
集中工事 Construction Construction
地震 Earthquake Earthquake

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Logged in? Logined? I think it’s kinda cute.

Posted on June 10th, 2008

LoginedMy friend recently sent me this screenshot from the Softbank Mobile website. It’s supposed to indicate that you are currently logged in apparently. Way to create new words, Softbank!

Shock English: Logined
Correct English
: Logged In

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