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Translate some scoop for E! Online September 13, 2008

Posted by Jill (@bonnjill) in Fun stuff, Random musings, Translation Sites.

It’s the weekend, so I am going to post something really fun yet still translation-related. Those of you who know me personally know that I am a big fan of TV. I enjoy numerous shows – just not reality TV – when and if I find the time to watch them. I usually download them and catch up on weekends or whenever I get a chance (like once the season is over). I just caught up on Heroes Season Two and plan to finally start Ugly Betty Season One tomorrow. It’s supposed to rain all weekend. Perfect “vegging out” weather.

Anyway, the point of this post is… Kristin at E! Online interviewed four actors from the TV show Heroes and had them answer in Japanese, Spanish, Korean and French, respectively. Apparently a fan asked the cast to describe the new season in one word at this year’s ComicCon. When it came time for Masi Oka’s (the adorable Hiro) turn, Milo Ventimiglia whispered something in his ear, and Masi answered the question in Japanese. Several weeks later at the Heroes season three premiere party (last night), the E! Online interviewer asked him to tell them in Japanese what was so great about season three, and he then proceeded to give the entire interview in Japanese. The interviewer was inspired and then asked three other bilingual actors to answer in their languages, and now the readers at E! Online have been challenged to translate the answers to find out the “scoop” on Season Three.

Someone was able to translate the Spanish and French (somewhat), but if you want to enlighten them or smooth it out it might be kind of fun. How cool is it that the show is so multicultural? They manage to effortlessly integrate the Japanese dialog with English subtitles without the American audience rebelling (probably a first since the average American doesn’t like subtitles – yes, I’m being sarcastic). OK, the Korean actor plays a Japanese guy, but still it’s a start to America embracing globalization… Every little step counts.



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