Translation Telephone – machine translation Chinese whispers

Source: translation-telephone.com

Here's a fun site - enter a message in English, and it'll translate it through 15 different languages and then back into English. Machine translation - as much as it has improved in the past 10 or so years - is very rarely perfect, especially with language pairs that are very different (such as English and Chinese). As a result, it often mangles the original phrase into something that's barely recognizable - much like the old party game also known as "Telephone" or "Chinese Whispers".

It works particularly well with song lyrics - the chorus to Rebecca Black's famously abysmal YouTube anti-hit "Friday" changes from "It's Friday, Friday, Got to get down on Friday" to "Friday, Saturday and Friday, he was able".

Try it for yourself at translation-telephone.com.

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