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Monday, November 3, 2014

Outen the Lights! | Mistranslation Monday

Welcome back to another Mistranslation Monday!

I have been feeling quite uninspired when it comes to this blog lately, which is mostly due to the stress of starting my Master's program in Germany.

Currently, I am working on preparing for two presentations this week (hence why I didn't post anything at all last week). Luckily, one of the presentations is in English, but the other one will be my first presentation in German in Germany in front of a room full of Germans! Wish me luck!

Anyways, back to Mistranslation Monday. After a week-long streak of feeling quite uninspired, I was quite pleased when I stumbled upon this sign over the weekend:

German to English mistranslation: outen the lights!

Was this an honest mistranslation? Was it a joke? Who knows, but I thought it was pretty darn funny.

Hope you all had a great weekend and a Happy Halloween! 

Do you have any big plans for November?


  1. Hahaha! Deliberate or not, it's hilarious!

    Best of luck on your presentations!!!!

  2. Good luck on your presentations!! :)

  3. Thanks! I had one today that went pretty well. Just one more on Thursday, and I will be done with presentations for at least a month!

  4. They use that phrase in Pennsylvania Dutch...which makes sense, since that derives from German!

    Good luck on your presentations! I had to give a few presentations in Spanish when I was studying abroad in Spain, and they were pretty terrifying but ended up going surprisingly well.

  5. Maybe that explains it!

    And thanks, I already did one on Tuesday, but the one in German is in 4 hours! AHHH!


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