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TGIF: Google Translator Song January 28, 2011

Posted by Jill (@bonnjill) in Fun stuff, TGIF.

Google Translate has been all over the news this week. According to a news report from Tuesday that was circulated on Twitter by @rinaneeman, Google admitted that its translation engines are not perfect and not yet ready for sensitive debates, saying “If we were going from zero to 10, we would be about five”. Then on Wednesday Jiri Stejskal published a news report on the CETRAblog that Google has patented its “unique” web-based translation technique. This is of course further proof that the U.S. Patent Office has their collective heads <ahem, let’s just say “in the clouds”>. So it stands to reason that this week’s TGIF video should feature Google Translate.



1. Chris Irwin - January 28, 2011

Hi Jill,

I’m sure you’ve seen this by now. It was very complimentary when I ran through one of my jobs and it proved my claim in a big way! http://www.globalbydesign.com/blog/2011/01/27/google_translation/ I sent it to a top-rate German colleague – who had once had someone suggest he had used MT – with the recommendation that he file it for future reference. He confirmed he would, adding this QA tool: http://www.mathsisfun.com/braille-translation.html.

2. Alex Eames - January 29, 2011

“We’ll name them Bill and Steve.” ROTFL 🙂

Thanks for that Jill. I laughed out loud.

3. Aurélie Duclos - February 1, 2011

Loved it !! Thanks for sharing 🙂

4. Dong korean translator - February 7, 2011

The tune is not bad. Made me laugh. Of course machine translation is not comparable to human, many people use them to understand the gist of a text.

5. Victor - February 10, 2011

Since I got the toe nails curl

Hey, that is actually a compliment in Google-ese.
(Da kringeln sich mir die Fußnägel).

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