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Mistranslations That (Might Have) Led To War | Understanding With Unbabel

Wartime is often a period of intense discovery for cryptographers, linguists and translators. We’ve all heard the story of Alan Turing, who cracked enemy codes with his “bombe” during World War II.

But just as often communication breaks down — and the consequences can be deadly.

In this episode, we take a look at a few of the historical examples where mistranslations have aggravated diplomatic relationships — and perhaps even led to war.


Illustration, Animation and Sound Design: Favo Studio


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