Friday, September 16, 2011

Say WHAT!?

As my regular readers know (or may not know depending on how long you've been gone or how many posts you have missed), I am taking 2 online courses through my local community college.

Introduction to Psychology and Introduction to Business.

While reading about global markets and different kinds of cultural differences in my intro. to business textbook the other day, I came across a little blurp at the bottom of one page about big-name companies taking their business global and a few cultural language oopsies that have occured-I must say, I was doubled over laughing at all of these!

So, of course, I HAD to share :)

  • PepsiCo attempted a Chinese translation of "Come Alive, You're in the Pepsi Generation" that read to Chinese customers as "Pepsi Brings Your Ancestors Back from the Dead."
  • Coors Brewing Company put its slogan "Turn It Loose" into Spanish and found it translated as "Suffer from Diarrhea."
  • KFC's patented slogan "Finger-Lickin' Good" was understood in Japanese as "Bite Your Fingers Off."
And my personal favorite...
  • Perdue Chicken used the slogan "It Takes a Strong Man to Make a Chicken Tender," which was interpreted in Spanish as "It takes an Aroused Man to Make a Chicken Affectionate."
{Text courtesy of Understanding Business 9th Edition by Nickels, McHugh, and McHugh}

Can you imagine being one of those citizens and translating these advertisements!? Oh man...I'm torn between whether I would be too creeped out to attempt to buy the products, or whether I just think it's so funny that I would HAVE to have bought the products!

Hope these made you laugh as much as they did me xD


Lorie Shewbridge said...

I have heard that this happens often, but haven't heard any.
These are so hysterical, thank you for sharing - if you come across anymore, please post.

Teena in Toronto said...

Do you find it easy to take courses online?

I'm doing a self-study financial planning one. I've discovered that I'm severely undisciplined. Ha! I signed up for it last September and should have written the exam by the end of this month. But time got away from me and I reenrolled in it so have 'til next September to write the exam.

Night Owl Mama said...

lol love the chicken one that was a good one I need that today lol

Colette S said...

I'm so glad you shared these! They are hilarious!!!

Unknown said...

That is super funny!! I know that translations in different languages can be funny when they are done word by word instead of going by the meaning lol

Jenine said...

OMG these are outstanding!