Being an interpreter is a difficult job. Sometimes, even the most experienced ones, may find themselves in an awkward situation, not knowing exactly how to deliver to the audience what’s being said.
Well, this is exactly what happened to a Japanese interpreter when he needed to translate a joke by the former US President Jimmy Carter.
Back in 1981, while he was preparing to start his speech at a Japanese college, Jimmy Carter had the idea of starting with a joke, just to break the ice. He went on and said a short one, but the interpreter, who told it quicker than he did, managed to get the audience burst into laughter. Impressed with his skill, when on backstage, Jimmy Carter asked the interpreter how he managed to get such a laugh. Eventually, after trying to avoid the question several times, the interpreter admitted to the President that he had just said, “President Carter told a funny story. Everyone must laugh.” (the article continues after the ad)
Here’s the story from Jimmy Carter himself:
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