Poor translations undermine your credibility Do not expect a machine translation to produce a translation that is clear and true to the original. You always need a native speaker of the target language to check the translation. Machine translation can be a useful tool, especially when you want to translate from a foreign language to …
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This brass plaque in an excellent example of a poor translation. I was soaking in the atmosphere of the medieval castle at Boulogne-sur-Mer in France, when this pair of brass plaques caught my attention. I was perplexed at how a simple but elegant plaque in French had been so poorly translated in the English version. …
“Yes” may not always mean “yes” and “no” may not always mean “no”.
Be aware of culture and the situation. In a business setting the confusion is more likely to be associated with “yes” , which could mean any one of: yes, maybe or no.