Who says that translation is an easy job? Often side-eyed and undermined, having a skilled translator in your organization is essential to maintain the original text’s context and accuracy during a production process. While translating a legal document is hard, translating a foreign movie title is even more challenging. For example, if you live outside the US, many American movie titles have to be localized to match the local market’s cultural context.
The thing is, not every translation is acceptable. Some translations are way too literal, whereas some others are simply… mind-boggling.
If you’re in dire need of hearty humor, here are 25 hilarious translations of movie titles that will make you roll down laughing.
- Jaws (1975)
France: The Teeth from the Sea
- Free Willy (1993)
China: A Very Powerful Whale Runs To Heaven
- Being John Malkovich (1999)
China: The Hole of Malkovich
- The Matrix (1999)
France: The Young People Who Traverse Dimensions While Wearing Sunglasses
- Batman: The Dark Knight (2008)
Spain: Batman: The Night of the Knight
- Jersey Girl (2004)
Japan: I Love My Dad Best in the World
- Knocked Up (2007)
Peru: Slightly Pregnant
- Army of Darkness (1992)
Japan: Captain Supermarket
- Lost in Translation (2003)
Portugal: Meetings and Failure in Meetings
- Bad Santa (2003)
Czech Republic: Santa is a Pervert
- Home Alone (1997)
France: Mum, I Missed the Plane
- The Parent Trap (1998)
Germany: A Twin Seldom Comes Alone
- The Producers (2005)
Italy: Please, Don’t Touch the Old Women
- Boogie Nights (1997)
China: His Great Device Makes Him Famous
- Superbad (2007)
Latin America: Super Cool
- Weekend at Bernie’s (1998)
Spain: This Dead Guy is Very Much Alive, or Weekend with the Dead Guy
- G.I. Jane (1997)
China: Satan Female Soldier
- Leon: The Professional (1994)
China: This Hit Man is Not as Cold as He Thought
- The Pacifier (2005)
Spain: A Supertough Kangaroo
- Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Japan: 17-Years-Old Girl’s Medical Chart
- Due Date (2010)
Thailand: Odd Couple, Wacky Trip, Go Together in Time of Birth
- Cat in the Hat (2003)
Croatia: Please, Do Not Touch This Hat!
- The Hangover (2011)
France: Very Bad Trip
- Never Been Kissed (1999)
Phillippines: Because She’s Ugly
- The Waterboy (1998)
Thailand: Dimwit Surges Forth
After reading these translation fails, you’ll understand how important it is to learn about grammar and vocabulary and its context, including cultural understanding and the local vernacular. Also, by mastering another language, you’ll save yourself from the future embarrassment of translation errors! Good grief!
Whether you’re pursuing a career in the translation field or simply want to expand your horizon, always be sure to pick the best place to start.
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