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Video: cultural gaps crash planes

By Jeremy at 3:18pm, January 23, 2018

Watch this super-short video about the question: "What is the one thing people need to know about how cultural differences cause planes to crash?"

One minute interview with bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell.

After watching the video, discuss it with your teacher.

Discussion: 
Was it easy to understand or not? What did you think about his intonation and body language?
In your words, what did interviewee Malcolm Gladwell say about how cultural differences cause planes to crash?
Were you surprised at Malcolm Gladwell's statements?

Movie titles lost in translation

By Jeremy at 7:33am, December 6, 2017

David O. Russell’s crime drama “American Hustle” could be a big winner at the Academy Awards. But for the movie’s many international fans, it may take a little longer to realize it. In their country, there is simply no word that captures the true essence of “Hustle.”

So in Israel the film is known in Hebrew as “American Dream.” In France, it’s translated as “American Bluff.” In Argentina, it’s “American Scandal.” In Portugal, it’s “American Sting.” In Quebec, it’s “American Scam.” In Spain, it’s the “Great American Scam.” And in Turkey, it’s merely known as “Trickster.”

Arie Barak, whose public relations company represents the studios of Fox, Disney and Sony in Israel, said that in this era of globalization the trend is to try to stick as much as possible to the original title, particularly with blockbusters and well-branded superheroes like Batman and Superman. Other times, a literal translation does the trick just fine.

Discussion: 
Have you heard the term 'hustle' before? How would you define it?
Are there other words (in English or in your language) that are hard to translate?
Globalisation is having a large effect on the movie industry. How is globalisation effecting your industry?

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