How does a Greek person say "That's Greek to me"?
When Greeks do not understand something, they say "Are you speaking Turkish?"; however, the language most commonly used as a symbol for not understanding anything someone else says is Chinese. More than 15 languages used the phrase "It's Chinese to me" to indicate total lack of understanding.
When a text has to be translated into Greek, Turkish, Chinese or any other language seen by other language speakers as totally non-understandable, the readers would definitely like the text to be "Greek/Turkish/Chinese" for them. However, low quality and inaccurate translation results in text that does not look and sound like the target language. Such a text, which was sloppily "converted" from another language and culture, does not easily slide down the reader's throat, and is sometimes totally unclear.
For example, in the USA a person driving one of the less expensive models of Buick is a symbol of middle-class driver, while in Israel Buick is very expensive due to high custom taxes and symbolizes vane, nouveau-riche drivers. Therefore, when the Buick is mentioned as an example ("when a cop stops you because your Buick's headlight is broken"), a high-quality translation to Hebrew would convert the Buick car into Subaru in the 1980s, Mitsubishi in the 1990s, and nowadays Mazda or Hyundai.
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