Scrutinizing Google Pagsasalin (Translation) Feature

Let’s take one of the most recent posts:  Our Own Voice, Issue # 35

Here are translations of some of the passages:

  • Short story title “If” is translated “Kung”
  • “Essay” is “Sanaysay”
  • “Joy, joy, joy” is translated as “Joy, kagalakan, kagalakan”
  • “Dear blog readers” becomes “Mahal na mga mambabasa ng blog.”

Now to one of this week’s most popular posts:  “Typhoon Pedring and TV Patrol”

  • “Negligible rain” becomes “bale-wala ulan” (Self doesn’t know why, this one makes her laugh and laugh)
  • “Here, the streets are running” becomes “Narito, ang mga kalye ay tumatakbo.”
  • ” . . .  if somewhat inchoherently” becomes “kung medyo incoherently” (Bwah.  Ha.  Haaa!)
  • “showed no compunction” becomes “nagpakita ng walang pagsisisi.”

On to sidebar!

  • Interview is “Interbyu.”
  • “Dearest Mum” is “Dearest Walang Imik” (Belly laugh!)
  • “Good Ideas” is “Magandang Ideya.”
  • The TV show “Justified” becomes “Pantay.”
  • Necessary Fiction becomes Kinakailangan Fiction.
  • “Log in” is “Mag-log in.”

Oh, well, some of these are really amusing.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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