Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Fun With Translation

A few weeks ago I was looking through my blog stats and I noticed several people had been visiting me from the Scandinavian region - specifically Denmark. So I clicked on the reference link and it took me here (see his reference to Harmonica Man at the bottom of the page). He was writing in reference to this post I wrote back in October about how I manage my cholesterol. The only problem was, it was written in Danish! (or so I think)

Since the only thing I can do with Danish is put butter on them and eat them (the sweet rolls, not the people) I obviously couldn't read what my friend Gid had to say about Harmonica Man's tale. So, I did what any English-speaking monolingual American would do - I copied and pasted his entry into Yahoo's Babel Fish translator. Here is what he said:


His original entry in Danish:

Neemt u gerust wat pillen dan hoef ik niet te denken

Het verhaal dat Harmonica Man vandaag op z'n blog publiceerde, illustreert wat heel veel mensen met hoge cholesterolwaarden meemaken als ze de resultaten van een test bij hun arts te horen krijgen: vlot aan de Lipitor.En ik ben er ook zeker van dat de meeste mensen dat een perfecte oplossing vinden. Een pil is een stuk makkelijker dan wat meer beweging of drastische wijzigingen in hun dieet. Ik moest even terugdenken aan wat ik destijds te horen kreeg en mijn reactie was eigenlijk helemaal dezelfde als die van H.M., alleen was bij mij het vette eten wat beter zichtbaar aan de buitenkant :-)


Yahoo's translation of his post:

You take rested what pills then I have not to think

The tale that Harmonica published Man on his blog today, illustrates what a lot of people with high cholesterol values experience if them the results of a test to their doctor get to belong: smoothly to the Lipitor. and I am of it also certainly that most of the people that find a perfect solution. A pill is a piece easier than what more movement or drastic modifications in their diet. I had think back just as to what hear I then got and my response was in fact entirely the same such as those of H.M., only fat at me eating was what better visible to the outside: -)


And finally, my translation of Yahoo's translation of his post:

I think you can stop taking the pills

The tale that Harmonica Man published on his blog today, illustrates what a lot of people with high cholesterol values experience when they receive the results of a test from their doctor: quick with the Lipitor. This is what I experienced as well and am certain that most people find this the perfect solution. A pill is much easier than exercise or drastic modifications in the diet. When I think back on what I heard then, my doctor’s response was in fact entirely the same as those of H.M, only the fat from my eating was more visible on the outside: -)


Aha! The secret message has been decoded. And so just what is Gid saying here?

Basically he is confirming that doctors give lazy advice about high cholesterol no matter where you live, and - people are generally happy to simply take the pills and run.

Maybe I should subscribe to the philosophy of "take the pills and eat what you want"...

because them danish are looking mighty tasty!

14 comments:

Mom Thumb said...

That is hilarious, my laugh for the morning! Kudos to you for turning down the pills. I did everything I could and I finally had to succumb a few weeks ago to pills for high blood pressure. Hate it. Sometimes your genetics can't be helped.

Sandy said...

Maybe you SHOULD do that. In fact, I believe that Danish people are generally low in fat and cholesterol, and they taste just like chicken...Or (ahem) did you mean the Sweet Rolls?

Charli said...

Put down them sweet rolls Mr. H or you will be coming home to a big old helping of flax seed and fish oils.... With love, Mrs. H

Carla said...

My friend you are eloquent in any language, especially the Babel Fish

Mooselet said...

Now I'm craving danish... mmmmmm. A nice cheese one with lots of icing sugar. I could use the sugar high to keep me awake.

wayabetty said...

I know there are some good writing but all I can see are those delish Danish! With this pregnancy, everything looks good to me, especially sweets to the chagrin of the hubbie. My philosophy is eat now, pay later. I mean it is the year of the pig after all and I intend to play the part. Oink oink

Jess said...

Everyone! Smoothly to the Lipitor! Stat!

Heather said...

Wow, famous in any land.

Rick said...

Bliss is ignorance at food not worrying about!

Harmonica Man said...

rick - Thanks Yoda.

Karl said...

Ha, wow...maybe I should run my blog through Babelfish a few times and see if it comes up any funnier.

but Momma said...

That WAS fun! But looking at the pastry is not helping for the diet. Smoothly! To whatever Anna Nicole is taking!

Harmonica Man said...

karl - Yeah, but if you did it would only be funnier to the Danish (the people, not the sweet rolls).

but momma - If I'm not mistaken, Anna Nicole takes Windex injections. She doesn't mind.

Dries said...

Hello Harmonica Man :-)
what makes this even more bizarre is that the language I use in my blog is not Danish, but Dutch...
Not so good for buttering, but takes you a long way around Belgium and The Netherlands...
Best regards...Dries