April 7, 2010

How to have fun with Babelfish

It's gotten better, but still. Here's a way to have fun and create instant Engrish.


1. Pick a phrase in English. "The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog."
2. Translate phrase into Japanese. "速い茶色のキツネは、怠け者の犬を飛び越えた。"
3. Translate the phrase back into English. "The fox of fast brown jumped over the dog of the idle fellow."


This doesn't work as well with Google Translate, which is better. When we approach the day when this can't be fun, I think we'll have passed the Turing test collectively as a society.

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