Google translate and the Tower of Babel

January 16, 2013

How well is meaning preserved when moving from one language to another in Google translate? The folks at cdza provide a rather convincing demonstration of the limitations of Google translate. To be fair to Google, even the best possible translation could not succeed in preserving exact meaning when filtering a pop song through 64 languages. Still, it’s hilarious to see how quickly the translations become ridiculous.


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