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Jan 18, 2010

PC Repair Shop

Posted by Amami Superman

There's a little PC repair shop near my house that has a pretty interesting wall. I was walking by with my camera one day and decided to snap a shot.

The wall is covered in thick vines almost like shrubs. They trimmed the vines and made this interesting picture on the wall. The far left vines are a hand pointing to "パソコン" (pasokon).

Nikon D60, Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 18mm, 1/800 sec, f/4.0, ISO 800 -- EXIF
"Computers will definitely break."

Japanese call any desktop computer a "pasokon", which is short for "personal computer", even if it's a Mac. In English, PC is short for "personal computer", and we all know that PC's and Macs are NOT the same thing. I'm a loyal Mac user and I'm continually reminded by my friends ,who use PC's, how much Macs suck butt. I guess I'll never learn... ANYWAY, the caption on the wall uses the word "必ず" (kanarazu), and there are a few ways to say this word in English like, "surely" or "certainly". The word "故障する" (koshou suru), I thought, means "to break (down)". I was curious to know what Google Translate would come up with.

I got a laugh at that. I don't think I could "Contribute a better translation", than that...


Jeffrey Friedl said...

Google translation has never been as good as the old Altavista translation service (now Yahoo! Babel Fish,, though their translation of this is not much better (and equally true): "The personal computer breaks down by all means."

garth said...

Based on translated Japanese > English manuals I have seen for some of our Japanese made machines, I would say: "The personal computer breaks down without fail."

Thanks for the cool picture Earnest
-Gary in GR

Amami Superman said...

I've been playing around with the idea of putting a translate-to-Japanese button in. I know a lot of my wife's side of the family reads my blog and they put it through a translator to get an idea of what I'm posting about. I thought I would make it easy for them.

I tried first to use Babelfish but it ended up messing the layout up so it was almost unreadable. I would have liked to use Babelfish but it looks like it doesn't work well with Blogger.

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Keep the language clean please. I have family that see this. Tell us what part of the world you're in.