Lost in Translations

Attempting to translate a standard Indonesian Academic System’s user interface from Indonesian to English is a process that could drive the sanest person insane and an already insane person to a new level of insanity. I’m not trying to get into details on my current sanity level here, but let’s have a look at some of the stuffs that I’ve been staring:

Data Pribadi Mahasiswa : That’s student profile, no biggy.
Jurusan/Program Studi :Major
Angkatan: Batch
NIM Mahasiswa: Student ID
“hey, piece of cake”, or so I thought, untilllll….
Kelas Default Pengambilan Mata Kuliah : huh?
Kode Propinsi Asal Pendidikan Terakhir : errr Province Code of Last Education (?)
NIM asal dari PT sebelumnya : err … Previous University/College’s Student ID (?)
Kode Biaya Studi : Did they mean “Fee” or “Payment” ? Ok Fee, I think. But fee has a code ??
NIDN Ko-Promotor#1 : what the heck is ko-promotor ?

Data Komponen Nilai Mata Kuliah : Data Component of Grades ?? That makes very little sense.
And then upon clicking on the grades section, I was faced with even more crazier menu and some search facilities , one of the sentence says:
NIDN Dosen mengandung: followed by a textbox.
For a while I thought it would be translated as “Pregnant Lecturer’s ID”.

Alright, I probably need more caffeine.

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6 thoughts on “Lost in Translations

  1. sannywannatell says:

    Pregnant Lecturer’s ID??? 😛

    Diskriminasi tuh Miss… Masa kalo mo punya ID dosennya harus ‘mengandung’ dulu??? hehe….

  2. T says:

    –Kode Biaya Studi : Did they mean “Fee” or “Payment” ? Ok Fee, I think. But fee has a code ??
    Maybe mode of payment?

    –NIDN Ko-Promotor#1 : what the heck is ko-promotor ?
    Sounds related to a PhD student. If I remember correctly, a PhD candidate has “co-promotor” to “promote” him to thesis defense.

    –NIDN Dosen mengandung: followed by a textbox.
    Clueless on this one. Let’s go for coffee 😀

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