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Author Topic: Odd results with Google Translate  (Read 2071 times)

Perry Mowbray

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Odd results with Google Translate
« on: March 19, 2009, 09:36:36 PM »
Whilst sorting out an issue with the Norwegian translation of weekdays for TucknDar (see TimeZone post), I discovered that Google Translate was dropping the first day in the list of days in a week when translating to Norwegian (and only Norwegian).

This is the Norwegian Translation: http://tinyurl.com/d3jtqw

This is a German Translation: http://tinyurl.com/dmyxvn

It seems that when you translate a list, Google can make some unwelcome grammatical adjustments when commas are used. The problem is fixed by using periods: http://tinyurl.com/df52cb

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Re: Odd results with Google Translate
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2009, 10:37:30 PM »
Was that not the point of computer translations?...to have odd, off the bat translations that become amusing/funny/hilarious?

Although Google is better at it than Babelfish, translations made by the latter were (more) fun to use in some of the conversations I had over here.  ;)

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Re: Odd results with Google Translate
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2009, 12:48:31 AM »
Yes, good point :D

I guess I was thinking that a simple word list would have got a one-to-one translation: but the comma separated list was interpreted as punctuation.  :-[ clear now, but it was late when the it was happening.

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Re: Odd results with Google Translate
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2009, 12:49:26 AM »
See what happens when you move Sunday to some other place in the list:
'Thursday, Sunday' -> 'torsdag og søndag'

'og' = 'and'

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Re: Odd results with Google Translate
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2009, 01:20:57 AM »
See what happens when you move Sunday to some other place in the list:
'Thursday, Sunday' -> 'torsdag og søndag'

'og' = 'and'

 :huh:

Yes: it's trying to make a sentance. What's odd is that I couldn't find another language where that happened in a comma list -- which makes it quite odd  ;)