USING OTHER LANGUAGES WITHOUT LEARNING THEM

translateWe wanted to invite our new neighbors, a Japanese family, to dinner but the wife doesn’t speak much English. So we used Google Translate.

First we created a document in Microsoft Word, and used the “insert” command to put a fun picture we got from Bing.com/images. At Translate.Google.com, we typed “Please come over for dinner. We would love to see you. Our phone number is …. You choose the date.” Google detected that we were using English for our source; we then chose Japanese for our translation. Our neighbors were delighted with the results and said it was just a little off.

We were curious, so we did a reverse translation. We copied the Japanese text from our document and pasted it into the translator. It read: “Please come in for sometime dinner. We want to see you. It is our phone number. You select a date.” Not exactly fluent Japanese but they got the message.

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