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 The weather outside is frightful but the month of December is so delightful! It’s filled with celebrations and more food and libations than we should probably consume. A month of continuing holiday revelry and thanks, and the warm gathering of kith and kin. With the major holidays of Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa all taking precedent, it’s easy to forget these additionally important observances:

Bathtub Party Day
Roast Chestnuts Day
Humbug Day.

December is the month of the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, which gives all of us more evening hours to sample the delicious treats of the season. There is an endless string of gatherings with family and friends in December. Busy, noisy get-togethers can lead to unfortunate misstatements or misinformation. While those mistakes can easily be corrected in realtime, mistaken business translations can’t. Using an amateur to translate your important documents, manuals and marketing materials can create disastrous, long term effects on your global business relationships.

That said, let’s have some chuckles with the following mistranslations. They may not have gotten anyone fired but they do cause some confusion. “The Holly and the Poison Ivy”….

Thank you, no. I'll stick with the horseradish sauce for my prime rib!

Clearly this establishment is very different from the one above.

Some people go to extremes to avoid holiday carolers!

Is that the same place I take my dried out Christmas tree?

This is an option for those who attend Midnight Mass!

Silly, mistranslated signs make us laugh but using an amateur or an online AI tool to translate your important communications will very likely provide you with more than one lump of coal in your stocking! Whichever holidays you celebrate this month, give your company the gift of professionally translated documents. And give yourself the peace of mind knowing that your project is being handled by professional linguists with Master’s degrees (or equivalent) and a minimum of ten years of experience. At Auerbach International, we provide the highest level of professional service in more than 120 languages. So when you just settle your brain for a long winter’s nap, you’ll do so with the confidence that your project will be done perfectly the first time, every time! For a free quote, email or call us.

“Happy Translations to all and to all a good night!”

A final thought from Shirley Temple: “I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.”

Happy holidays ~

Chris Hempel
Director of Client Success
phone 415-592-0042 X125
mobile 818-445-4451

“3 Decades. 2 Billion Words. A+ Accuracy. Superior Translation Services.”

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