I’ve got Google.com set up as my browser home page. I usually just glance at the little announcements under the logo and search box. However, this morning I noticed the announcement on the changes to their terms and conditions. It said:
I was curious to see if the UK site also used the term “not the usual yada yada”. It didn’t:
The French site has:
Nos règles de confidentialité et d’utilisation évoluent. En plus clair et plus concis. En savoir plus
And the Italian site has the bald:
Stiamo cambiando le norme sulla privacy e i termini di servizio. Ulteriori informazioni
So in Google’s view, do Italians dislike a touch of informality in their terms and conditions announcements ? Is the concept of “clearer and more concise” anathema to them? (Judging by the material I translate, I’d have to answer “yes” to that one).
Any thoughts? Italian readers, your views are very welcome! What do other countries’ sites say?
By Marian Dougan
Was curious to see what the German version said: “Wir ändern unsere Datenschutzbestimmungen und Nutzungsbedingungen. Mehr erfahren”
I’m not in the least surprised… :-]
Thanks, Betti. It’s interesting, isn’t it, to see the different approaches?
Interesting. In Spain it’s “Hemos actualizado nuestra política de privacidad y los términos y condiciones. Más información” – so, similar to the Italians. How popular is Google in these countries? Is there a different brand identity?
Nope– it looks the same – it’s just the language that changes.
This is taken from Google Portugal: “Importante: vamos mudar a nossa política de privacidade e os termos de utilização. Saiba mais”.
Well fair enough, the Portuguese aren’t really famous for their sense of humour…
Interested in your comment about the Italian being ‘bald’ (let alone the etymology of that word….)
Italian often seems like that – you often hear ‘fammi un cafe- Make me a coffee!’ at the bar. There’ll be a ‘thank you’ when it arrives but very often there’s no please and it sounds like an order. Ye at other times the language can SO florid that translated directly into English it sounds absurdly gushing!
Good point – there can be an odd contrast between the brusqueness of everyday transactions (especially where bureaucrats are concerned!) and the floridity of much written Italian. Including where it’s not appropriate, eg websites.
So…recently I’ve learnt that to the italian public the sense of humor of Lonely Planet’s writers isn’t, sometimes, deferential. So the editor wants the translators to be more serious in his italian version….what a pity!
Oh dear – surely we need all the humour we can get! As you say, what a pity!
Same thing applies for localization: Microsoft guidelines indicate to expunge from the text (American English) anything too “personal” or “informal”…