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Lost in translation



sarguero
Spain

Lost in translation
 
One of my friends sent me an email making jokes about how difficult is English but we can use it as a tongue twister:

Translation: Spanish to English

MODULO BÁSICO (BASIC)

Tres brujas miran tres relojes Swatch. ¿Qué bruja mira qué reloj?

English:
Three witches watch three Swatch watches. Which witch watch which Swatch watch?

MODULO AVANZADO (ADVANCED)

Tres brujas ´travestis ´ miran los botones de tres relojes Swatch. ¿Qué bruja travesti mira los botones de qué reloj Swatch?

English:
Three switched witches watch three Swatch watch switches. Which switched witch watch which Swatch watch switch?...

MODULO PARA MASTERS (FOR MASTER ONLY)

Tres brujas suecas transexuales miran los botones de tres relojes Swatch suizos. ¿Qué bruja sueca transexual mira qué boton de qué reloj Swatch suizo?

English:
Three Swedish switched witches watch three Swiss Swatch watch switches. Which Swedish switched witch watch which Swiss Swatch watch switch?


ENGLISH IS VERY DIFFICULT... TAKE IT FOR SURE

27 Sep 2011      



MarionG
Netherlands

travesties and transsexuals? Sound like Spanish is a lot more interesting than English!
(those were the only two words I got, sorry...)

27 Sep 2011     



Zora
Canada

Uh, I have never heard "switched" in those terms... must be slang or street English. Oh, and "the witch watches"... not "the witch watch".

27 Sep 2011     



edrodmedina
United States

Si Pancha plancha con cuatro planchas...Some of the translations are off a tad.

28 Sep 2011