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Show HN: See what happens when you translate a phrase through 20 languages
4 points by pamelafox 2353 days ago | hide | past | web | 4 comments | favorite
I made this "Translation Telephone" game as a demo for a Google APIs talk a few months ago, and people seemed to get a kick out of it, so I've fixed it up with a backend, share-ability, and statistics: http://www.translation-telephone.com/

Try it out, you can get some amusing results.

Let me know if you have spot bugs or have any feedback. Thanks!

You should run the phrase through Chinese more often. Google Translate is horrendous with that language. I just had two Taiwanese exchange students over at my house for a few weeks, and they had a game of watching Google return garbage even with simple phrases.

In particular, "I am happy" gives back "I'm happy" in every case -- except when Chinese is part of the loop. Then, it translates to "I'm very happy."

Nice web app, though. It reminds me of Translation Party, which went viral on Reddit a while ago.

Trying out the classics ...


"Out of sight, out of mind" -> "In addition to the heart."


"The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." -> "But, as the flying flesh is weak."

"I love you." is idempotent. <3

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