Khmer Tattoo Translations on the Rise - Courtesy Of Angelina Jolie

Sep 11, 2013 · 2 min

In the past 8 weeks, One Hour Translation, one of the world's leading professional translation services, has been asked to perform over 100 English to Khmer language translation projects. The bulk of these requests emanated from young women in the US, presumably looking to imitate the famous Khmer-language tattoos Hollywood Starlet Angelina Jolie has emblazoned on her left shoulder.

Angelia's 5 sentence Khmer tattoo - the primary language of Cambodia - translates to mean: "May your enemies run far away from you. If you acquire riches, may they remain yours always. Your beauty will be that of Apsara (a celestial dancer in Khmer mythology.) Wherever you may go, many will attend, serve and protect you, surrounding you on all sides." Ms. Moriya Lifshitz, One Hour Translation's customer support manager, commented on the trend: "While most of our translations are business translations done for companies such as IBM or Pfizer, in the past 2 months we've certainly seen an increased demand for translations to Khmer of short sentences and idioms for tattoo purposes."

"I have tattoos already and it's important to me they will have meaning. I love Angelina and thought it will be awesome to have a tattoo like hers," said Natalia B. from Rio, Brazil who requested to translate "Imagination is more important than knowledge" to Khmer.

"Many customers like tattooing words or phrases in foreign languages, especially if their characters look exotic like in Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, Khmer and similar languages" says Shawn Ross, Tattoo artist from NYC. "Often customers just pick words that look nice, even if they do not understand the meaning. I guess professional translation helps - you are better off understanding what you tattoo on your body".

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