Friday, August 3, 2012

Foreign perceptions


Foreign perceptions of things are often drastically different than what we’d expect from listening to our own news.  An Arabic interpreter that once worked for me tipped me off to this little nugget of fun:  If you go to the Wikipedia Arabic version of the Marshall plan (http://ar.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D9%85%D8%B4%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B9_%D9%85%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%B4%D8%A7%D9%84) and run it through Google Translate, you’ll find out that the Marshall plan was actually a United States plot to take over Europe.  “Washington succeeds in achieving its control through investments and the purchase of existing projects in these countries, in exchange for a promise of payment in dollars, and for giving creditors certificates to those promises”.

Funny.