Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-13-2020, 10:22 PM
GMANCANADA is offline
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Toronto
Posts: 494

Google Translate Fails

I came across a video on Youtube where a singer does "Google translate fails":

She sings the "google translated" version of a popular song and it's inevitably pretty silly. However, she doesn't really explain how she does the translation (and I can't find one) i.e: presumably she goes from the original English to some other language, then back to english, but what language?

On a couple videos she says it at the start e.g.: ABBA from english to swedish then back to english), but in general there's no explanation.

Just curious if anyone has any idea? There are lots of these types of videos and websites with google text fails. Do the creators just keep picking different languages until they get the dumbest translation?
Old 02-14-2020, 03:41 PM
Bryan Ekers's Avatar
Bryan Ekers is online now
Charter Member
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Montreal, QC
Posts: 59,986
Well, I think it would be more interesting if the round translation was correct. So why not choose the largest comic book?

An English-Italian-Russian-Japanese-Greek-German-English rendering of:

Well, I suppose it would be rather less humorous if the back and forth translation was accurate, so why not select for maximum comedic effect?

It's actually a lot closer to the original than I was expecting so... comedy fail, I guess.
Don't worry about the end of Inception. We have top men working on it right now. Top. Men.
I was once trolled by smoke signal. He said the holocough wasn't real.
Old 02-14-2020, 04:26 PM
Darren Garrison's Avatar
Darren Garrison is offline
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 13,386
If you like that one, this should make your life flip, turn upside down.
Old 02-14-2020, 07:12 PM
GMANCANADA is offline
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Toronto
Posts: 494
I'm surprised, but not surprised, that someone thought of these.

Some are very funny and creative.


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:16 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

Send questions for Cecil Adams to:

Send comments about this website to:

Terms of Use / Privacy Policy

Advertise on the Straight Dope!
(Your direct line to thousands of the smartest, hippest people on the planet, plus a few total dipsticks.)

Copyright 2019 STM Reader, LLC.

Copyright © 2017