Creado por Patricia Pradolin, docente de Práctica de la Interpretación, Introducción a la Traducción y Orientación Profesional

lunes, 4 de junio de 2012

American Leaders' International 'Oops' Moments

George W. Bush's Black Question
On his first visit to Brazil as president, George W. Bush baffled Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso with the question "Do you have blacks, too?"
Then Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice came to her boss's rescue, telling the new president, "Mr. President, Brazil probably has more blacks than the USA. Some say it's the country with the most blacks outside Africa," Der Spiegel reported.
Cardoso wrote off Bush's remark, saying he was "still in his learning phase."

Bush's Peace Sign Problem
On a trip to Australia in 1992, former President George H.W. Bush did not even have to open his mouth to offend his Aussie hosts.
Riding in an armored limousine through the capital city of Canberra, Bush threw up a two-fingered "V" for victory sign toward the Australian onlookers.
But while the gesture means peace in the U.S., Bush made the mistake of flashing his fingers with his palm facing in, which in Australia is the equivalent of flipping the bird.

Carter's Carnal Translation
When President Jimmy Carter visited Poland for the first time in 1977 he tried to tell the Poles how thrilled he was to be there. Unfortunately that message got lost in translation.
In English, the president told the Poles, "I have come to learn your opinions and understand your desires for the future." But his shoddy interpreter botched the translation, giving the impression that the president was a bit too excited to see the Polish people by saying, "I desire the Poles carnally."
The translator also told the Poles that Carter "abandoned the United States" instead of "left the United States" and rather than Carter's assertion that the Polish constitution was a great document, the translator said it was the subject of ridicule, United Press International reported at the time.
Carter found himself a new interpreter for the remainder of the trip.

Clinton's Reset Button Blunder
One of the first items on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's agenda for U.S.-Russia relations was kicking off a new era of friendship and leaving the past decades of contention behind.
But the small, red "resset button" that Clinton gave to her Russian counterpart Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov upon their first meeting did not quite give the impression she intended.
Instead of "reset" the symbolic token had the Russian word "peregruzka," which translates to "overcharge" or "overload."
Luckily for Clinton, Lavrov had a sense of humor and the two posed for photos pressing the "reset"/ "overcharge" button together.