Translator's triumph

By Amy Goltz
This item appears on page 45 of the January 2020 issue.
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While traveling in China this October, I decided to enjoy the buffet dinner at my hotel. At the dessert bar, there was a beautiful layer cake of red, light brown and dark brown. I asked the chef what kind it was.

She took out her phone and began furiously typing into Google Translate. After about a minute, she turned her phone to me so I could read the answer. 

The translation was “3 color cake.”


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While traveling in China this October, I decided to enjoy the buffet dinner at my hotel. At the dessert bar, there was a beautiful layer cake of red, light brown and dark brown. I asked the chef what kind it was.

She took out her phone and began furiously typing into Google Translate. After about a minute, she turned her phone to me so I could read the answer. 

The translation was “3 color cake.”


Tell us about the funniest thing that happened to you while traveling in a foreign country. (ITN prints no info on destinations in the United States.) There are no restrictions on length. ITN staff will choose each month’s winner, who will receive a free one-year subscription to ITN. Include your full mailing address. Entries not chosen cannot be acknowledged. This month’s winner is AMY GOLTZ of Dallas, Texas: