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How was "Hodor" adapted in other languages

German: "Halt das Tor!" whereas Tor is better translates to gate than to door. This actually works well for "Hodor". French: As pradyot commented "Qu'ils n'aillent pas au-...
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Why is the spoken German in many US films and TV shows so inaccurate?

Because it's a level of detail that was considered irrelevant for the show's development As a software developer and general IT nerd, I am constantly faced with this principle. Many, many TV shows ...
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Why is "Captain Marvel" translated as male in Portugal?

Ok, in English this is gonna be weird to explain, but as this link explains, it has to do with the official patent designation. In Portugal, there is the woman "Primeiro-Ministro" (Prime-Minister in ...
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Why are honorifics not translated in dubbed movies?

Well, first of all, that's not always the case. But for this discussion we can ignore that and just focus on movies that do use original honorifics. Dubbing gets complicated when characters with ...
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Do translators get a list of jokes and/or puns when making their translations?

No. Usually the distributor tries to find a translator that "feel" certain genre so their translations will be as close to original as it can be. In Poland we had Irena Tuwim, a very talented poet ...
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English translation of the temple chants in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom?

Well, I am not quite sure about the background chants (something in Sanskrit language) but Mola Ram (Amrish Puri) prays to Kali Maa* (considered as goddess of power) in the "Temple of Doom's heart ...
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Subtitling vs. dubbing and vice versa

In the US, Europe, Canada and other countries with nearly 100% literacy rates, dubbing vs subtitling is certainly a matter of preference. Subtitling allows the viewer to get a more exact translation ...
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Why is the spoken German in many US films and TV shows so inaccurate?

There are a few potential reasons for this: Rule of Funny. Most of the shows you linked are comedies, and someone speaking pseudo-German nonsense in a bad accent is inherently funnier than someone ...
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What does Indy say to the villagers in "Temple of Doom"?

That is one of the things wrong about this movie. While that village is supposed to be indian, those were Sri Lankan people and spoke sinhalese; Native language of SL. How do I know? Cuz I'm Sri ...
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Why are honorifics not translated in dubbed movies?

Matt has a good answer, but there's another aspect of things here. There may be no direct translation for the honorific, causing it's meaning to change into something unintended. By changing the ...
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Can someone translate this authentic frontier gibberish.... Reverend!

It appears (from listening to the clip) that imdb is more correct. I wash born here, an I wash raished here, and dad gum it, I am gonna die here, an no sidewindin' bushwackin', hornswagglin' ...
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Aphorisms and idioms in The Witcher

The Polish version of 'don't look a gift horse in the mouth' is 'don't check the teeth of a horse you received as a gift' ("darowanemu koniowi w zęby się nie zagląda") (source). Similarly, devil's ...
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Why is "Captain Marvel" translated as male in Portugal?

Short Answer: Translating between languages is difficult, including whether to modify the gender of words that are translated. Long Answer In the English language, the original language of the ...
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Subtitling vs. dubbing and vice versa

The debate of dubbing vs subtitles is well discussed, including numerous studies and polls of movie goers. It's an opinion that is split by demographic, by country, by certain distributors. ...
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The Usual Suspects what's the joke?

"...és követeli tőlem, hogy mutassam meg a biztosításomat" means something like: "...and she's demanding me that I showed my insurance!"
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What is the second prostitute saying in Vietnamese in Full Metal Jacket?

The actress is speaking Vietnamese but is obviously reciting the script and not a native speaker (the pimp is). She is not able to make most of the intonations sufficiently clear along with an off ...
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What is the meaning of the Latin exchange between Doc Holliday and Johnny Ringo in Tombstone?

Doc: In vino veritas. Ringo: Age quod agis. Doc: Credat Judaeus Apella, non ego. Ringo: Iuventus stultorum magister. Doc: In pace requiescat. The literal meaning is Doc: In wine there is truth. ...
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What does Indy say to the villagers in "Temple of Doom"?

TL; DR There is strong evidence that he says something along the lines of: "Thank you, thank you very much". Long answer The script (if we assume it is legit) differs from the scene in some ...
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What does Indy say to the villagers in "Temple of Doom"?

I'm sitting in front of the movie right now. The only foreign words he says to the locals in this scene are "Istuti" and "Bohoma istuti", which mean "Thank you" and "Thank you very much" respectively ...
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Why is "Captain Marvel" translated as male in Portugal?

One-liner: Military ranks in the Portuguese Language (applies to almost all countries, including Portugal and Brazil) do not have a female lexical gender. Even if the holder of the rank is female, the ...
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What makes the "Tweety Bird saw a Romulan" joke funny in the original version?

There is no deeper joke in English. It is "funny" simply because Sheldon said something nerdy yet incorrect in a confident manner. That it apparently also makes a pun in French is une bonne ...
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What is the translation of the song in 40-Year-Old Virgin?

According to the IMDb trivia section for the movie: The "beautiful old Guatemalan love song" sung by Javier to Paula translates to:     When I clean my room     I can't find anything     ...
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Why is the spoken German in many US films and TV shows so inaccurate?

All of those shows you listed were created in the USA for America by Americans. Given that, you have to realize that very, very few Americans know German. I'm talking less than half a percent of the ...
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What does the Hungarian burn victim shout at Jack Baer?

Partial, as I'm still looking, but I did find this: https://web.stanford.edu/~landy/UsualSuspectsHungarian.html ...what you'll currently find on the web -- via wiki answers, imdb, etc. -- is based on ...
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What did the German street thugs say to Donovan when they stole his coat?

I'll try to write it down. My German is a little bit rusty so I may be misunderstanding some parts of it. Sich verlaufen? Did you get lost? I'm not really sure about this line. The best I can ...
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Why change translation text into a picture for international versions?

Pixar expended tremendous effort to localize Inside Out for particular audiences, going so far as to re-animate whole scenes. For instance, in the American version, Riley hates broccoli, but in the ...
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What is Geun-se (the man in the cellar) messaging to Da-song, the Park family's son?

You don't see the full message being typed out, because part of the scene shows him pressing the button. However, based on the button pressing and actual light scenes, it looks like he is spelling ...
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What does Sofie Fatale say in Japanese on her cellphone in Volume 1?

I have a coworker that is Japanese and she said this is what Sofie Fatale said during the phone call "Hi, I'm in the middle of a meeting. Can you call me back a bit later? ...Oh you're with your wife?...
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