2008/09/25

"Education for the Citizenship": deliberately poor translation from the Valencian government?

CASE SOLVED: IN DECEMBER 2008 THE VALENCIAN GOVERNMENT STOPPED GIVING THIS SUBJECT IN ENGLISH

Just seen on CNN+, a Valencian teacher teaching central government's controversial new Educación para la Ciudadanía. In Spanglish, as required by her bosses. So the first words she writes on the blackboard are "Education for the Citizenship and Human Rights". Even Google Language Tools translates it correctly as "Education for Citizenship". The Valencian government's website gets the title right, but the damage is already done.

The content on the website is poorly written and plagued by poor and inaccurate translation. With very few Valencian teachers (or students) speaking decent English, there seems little chance of anything fruitful arising from the initiative. This may for party-political reasons be what the Valencian government wants, but it's difficult to imagine foreign businesses looking at this and saying, Hey, the Valencians are really taking education seriously, let's invest.

What a bunch of freaking clowns.

2008/09/10

Darkness world ... Proposes to delete all lights and if possible all electrical appliances, to our planet can 'breathe'

More poorly translated save-the-planet spam:

Ingles:
Darkness world: On September 17, 2008 from 21:50 to 22:00 hours.
Proposes to delete all lights and if possible all electrical appliances, to our planet can 'breathe'.
if the answer is massive, energy saving can be brutal.
Only 10 minutes, and see what happens.
Yes, we are 10 minutes in the dark, we light a candle and simply
Be looking at it, we breathe and our planet.
Remember that the union is strength and the Internet can be very
power and can
Even do something big.

Moves the news, if you have friends to live in other countries send to them.


If they don't care about their message, why should we?

Highly recommended for ... foreign notorious visits, he is the sole bullfighter able to make the audience vibrate in a convention or congress

The organisation that pimped Aznar to Deloitte can't afford a translator:

There is only one person capable of combining intellectual stature, communication abilities, and bullfighting mastership: Luis Francisco Esplá. Highly recommended for international meetings and foreign notorious visits, he is the sole bullfighter able to make the audience vibrate in a convention or congress.

As a professional bullfighter, Esplá is still on active service. He is regarded as a "Maestro" who has reinstated the essences of bullfighting in every gesture, wearing characteristic XIXth century old-fashioned suits, a very clever strategic positioning in the coliseum when facing the animal and a unique ability to adapt to every different bull, even daring himself to move away from standard current practices. This art he also applies to his speeches.