Friday, August 01, 2008

En Espanol, Como Se Dice “Dang”?

*In Spanish, how do you say “Dang”?

Several years ago our dear friend Mike came over. We were lounging around, channel surfing and having a few beers. We stumbled across the Spanish channel broadcast of “Joe Dirt.” We watched it for a few minutes, long enough to hear the dialogue translated into Spanish, and it sounded like “Blahblah blahblah blahblah… DANG!” We cracked up laughing at the ridiculousness of hearing a long, drawn out, Joe Dirt style “Daaaang!” as it contrasted with the smooth flow of the Spanish translator's booming voice.

I have become obsessed with my traffic report on this blog. It’s so interesting to see the different ways that readers have come to find me on this corner of the web. (Don’t be shy folks, come in, comment, sniff around and stay awhile. I don’t bite, I promise!) Yesterday I came across someone in Spain who found me by clicking on a link that took the same look and feel of my blog but translated all of it into Spanish. I’ve been surfing through it, trying to reconstruct my entries with my rudimentary Spanish I learned in Mrs. Bowman’s class in high school.

Normally I scored A’s in high school Spanish. I love learning languages, and I had a blast in Spanish class. But occasionally Mrs. Bowman would ask “But Beej, how will you ever find your way if you are lost in Spain?” when I wasn’t feeling like learning on that particular day. One day I was feeling like a fifteen year old smart ass and replied “Well, I just have to find someone who knows where ‘Casa de Pepe’ is, and Pepe will show me around, right?” For some reason in Spanish class we had to learn how to ask “Donde esta la casa de Pepe?” which, of course, translates to “Where is the house of Pepe?”

I was browsing through the Spanish alter-ego of my blog, and stumbled upon a comment by Taoist Biker (or, Biker Taoista, en Espanol) here in which he said “Dang!”

Looks like there really is no Spanish word for “Dang!”



Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite adventure in translation so far has been running one of my old Myspace blogs through Gizoogle. It was one in which I quoted one chapter of the Tao Te Ching in its entirety.

High comedy.

The last paragraph of this blog on Gizoogle comes out:

"I was blingin' through tha Spanish alta-ego of mah bliznog, n stumbled upon a comment by Taoist Bika (izzy Bitch Taoista, en Espanol) hizzyin which he said “Dang!”

Looks like there really is no Spanish word fo` “Dang!”"

August 1, 2008 at 10:29 AM  
Blogger BJ Knapp said...

Fricken hell, TB! I nearly spat out my sip of water. I am DYIN' over here. LMAO!!

I am so calling you "Bitch Taoista" from now on. Hee!

August 1, 2008 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

LMAO!! It's always funny what words translate and which don't.

August 1, 2008 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger The Creeper said...

Don't forget wow, ouch, hey and blogroll. Apparently those don't translate either.

August 1, 2008 at 1:11 PM  

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