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When American fast food giant Kentucky Fried Chicken opened their first restaurant in Beijing in 1987, they accidentally translated KFC’s famous slogan, “Finger-lickin’ good” to “Eat Your Fingers Off!” in Chinese.

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In the early 1970’s, Pepsi-Cola introduced a new catch phrase to promote its product: “Come Alive!” Sounds good in English, but the problems “arose” (pun intended) when Pepsi took the campaign slogan overseas. In Germany the phrase meant, “Rise from the grave with Pepsi!” – In China the phrase meant, “Pepsi brings back your ancestors!”…

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A t-shirt manufacturer in Miami printed shirts in Spanish to commemorate the Pope’s visit. By referring to the Pontiff as “la papa” instead of “el Papa”, their shirts read: “I saw the potato.”

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English & Spanish are obviously the most spoken languages in the USA, but can you guess the 3rd and 4th? Chinese and then… French! Surprised? Not sure however the French spoken is the same that I speak. I joke that as a French Canadian, I am not really Canadian and not really French, either… If…