The joys of the translation telephone

So, I’m new to the translation telephone, which has clearly been around for ages but slipped through my weblike tendrils. It uses the Google Translate API to translate a statement from English (or whatever) into 20 other languages before putting it BACK into English again, with inevitably wonky results. Made by Pamela Fox.

The three most popular ones (though you can do your own):

ENGLISH
Winter is coming
CHINESE
冬天来了
SWEDISH
Vintern kommer
WELSH
Gaeaf yn dod
RUSSIAN
Зима приходит
BULGARIAN
Зимата идва
PERSIAN
زمستان می آید
GALICIAN
O inverno vén
BELARUSIAN
Зіма прыходзіць
UKRAINIAN
Зима приходить
AFRIKAANS
Winter kom
ROMANIAN
Vine iarna
POLISH
Zima jest
SWAHILI
Baridi
VIETNAMESE
Lạnh
SPANISH
Frío
TURKISH
Soğuk
CATALAN
Fred
SLOVAK
Fred
ENGLISH
Fred

ENGLISH
life is like a box of chocolates. you will never know what you are going to get.
HINDI
जीवन चॉकलेट के डिब्बे की तरह है. तुम कभी पता नहीं चलेगा कि आप क्या करने जा रहे हैं.
ITALIAN
La vita è come una scatola di cioccolatini. Lei non potrà mai sapere cosa si sta andando.
SWAHILI
Maisha ni kama boksi la chocolates. Kamwe kujua nini wewe kwenda.
POLISH
Życie jest jak pudełko czekoladek. Nigdy nie wiadomo co się dzieje.
IRISH
Life is cosúil le bosca seacláidí. Ní fios duit cad a tharlaíonn.
SWEDISH
Livet är som en chokladask. Du vet aldrig vad som händer.
PERSIAN
زندگی مثل یک جعبه شکلات. شما هیچ وقت نمی دانید چه اتفاقی می افتد.
VIETNAMESE
Cuộc sống giống như một hộp sôcôla. Bạn không bao giờ biết điều gì xảy ra.
KOREAN
인생은 초콜릿 상자 같은 것입니다. 당신은 어떻게 될지도 모르게.
MALTESE
Ħajja huwa simili kaxxa ta ‘ċikkulati. Inti taf kif tkun.
MALAY
Hidup itu seperti sekotak coklat. Kau tahu bagaimana itu.
RUSSIAN
Жизнь похожа на коробку шоколадных конфет. Вы знаете, как она есть.
BULGARIAN
Животът е като кутия шоколадови бонбони. Знаеш ли колко е то.
SLOVAK
Život je ako bonboniéra. Viete, ako to je.
YIDDISH
לעבן איז ווי אַ קעסטל פון טשאָקלאַץ. איר וויסן ווי עס איז.
PORTUGUESE
A vida é como uma caixa de chocolates. Você sabe como é.
GERMAN
Das Leben ist wie eine Schachtel Pralinen. Sie wissen, wie es ist.
AFRIKAANS
Die lewe is soos ‘n boks van sjokolade. Jy weet hoe dit is.
ENGLISH
Life is like a box of chocolates. You know how it is.

(slightly disappointing, that one)
And finally:

I want to see Emma Watson’s boobies.
GALICIAN
Eu quero ver boobies Emma Watson.
ALBANIAN
Unë dua të shoh Emma Watson boobies.
MACEDONIAN
Сакам да ја видам Ема Ватсон boobies.
FILIPINO
Gusto kong makita ang Emma Watson boobies.
PORTUGUESE
Eu quero ver boobies Emma Watson.
PERSIAN
من می خواهم به boobies اما واتسون.
CROATIAN
Želim boobies Watson.
JAPANESE
私はおっぱいワトソンをしたい。
POLISH
Chcę cycki Watson.
INDONESIAN
Saya ingin payudara Watson.
ARABIC
أريد الثدي واتسون.
HEBREW
אני רוצה שד ווטסון.
SWAHILI
Nataka kifua Watson.
SPANISH
Yo quiero mama Watson.
FINNISH
Haluan rintojen Watson.
MALTESE
Irrid li tredda Watson.
NORWEGIAN
Jeg ønsker å amme Watson.
YIDDISH
איך ווילן צו ברעסטפיד וואַצאָן.
ENGLISH
I want to Breastfeed Watson.

Try the site for yourself here – and donate to support them if you like it. It’s old school internet for the love of the thing.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s