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Ueber-Setzen

Über-Setzer-Logbuch used to be Gabriele Zöttl’s blog. It went dark a while ago, so did her website. Now, the Waschmaschine Reperatur Berlin und Kundendienst moved into her old URL (ueber-setzen.com). Is this a...

Cutting the Cord

We finally cut the cord. For a long time, TV program providers via cable or satellite were seen as the content gatekeepers. And boy, did they relish that role. Not only were prices astronomically high, but you also had to buy one of their...

Carbon Copy, Part 2

Except that this time, it is “tub”. As in bath tub, but also as in ice cream tub. So what were the German translators in Germany thinking when they read this piece of dialog: I don’t know. I’ll probably just go to the...

Parse that!

Another head-scratcher. Yesterday’s Los Angeles Times had this headline: Man in U.S. illegally accused of fatally attacking woman with hammer. So are they going after the people who illegally accused...

Carbon Copy

I am in the process of doing final quality control on the dubbing scripts of 10 episodes of a TV series that is going to be in its third season. The translation was done in Germany by one of the better known dubbing companies. As can be...

Zymöl aus Bischofs

I was waiting for my car to be washed the other day at the Westchester Hand Wash, watching the big planes come in on the adjacent North runway of LAX, when my eye caught the letter Ö on the little laminated cardboard sheet they give you to...

Zero Emission

Photo Gallery Big week: I can celebrate 2,000 commuter miles on our new electric vehicle. Time for an interim report. Last November, we ordered the just-introduced Volkswagen e-Golf. We had been looking at electric cars for some time, but they...
recent from 懐かし Saarbrücker Gespräch
Jürgen Albers also attended Ludwigsgymnasium, an all-boys classical grammar school in Saarbrücken. We both belonged to a very unusual, small group of students – we decided to continue voluntarily with Latin for another three years after receiving our advanced Latin qualifications (Großes Latinum). My...
recent from Translation Frozen
Who would have guessed that it is the movie industry that seems to revert the race-to-the-bottom trend in foreign-language localization? The same industry that is notorious for nonsensical translations of movie titles? Well, “reverting” is maybe an exaggeration, but read the Rebecca Keegan...
recent from Language Stuff Carbon Copy, Part 2
Except that this time, it is “tub”. As in bath tub, but also as in ice cream tub. So what were the German translators in Germany thinking when they read this piece of dialog: I don’t know. I’ll probably just go to the amusement park, maybe the circus. Fly a kite on the beach, watch...
recent from Business What Are The Odds?
For websites built on the WordPress platform, you can either design your own pages or you can use one of a large number of “themes.” I have always felt that it is unnecessary to re-invent the wheel, so to speak: Themes can be used as they are, or they can be modified to fit a specific purpose or...