Mtmihim

Google’s PR people Mtmihim me.

Every few days, Google tells the world about the wonderful free translation tools it offers, but the problem is that they completely Mafnim, because they can not translate one sentence correctly between each pair of languages.

Why do they think the public will buy the lie that stupid?


The above was automatically translated from Hebrew. What i actually meant to write was this:

I’m puzzled by Google’s public relations people.

Every couple of days Google tells the world about the wonderful and free translation tools that it offers, but the problem is that they completely suck, as they aren’t able to translate a single sentence correctly between any pair of languages.

Why do they think that the public will buy this stupid lie?


And i’ve got to admit that this particular translation is not that terrible, but i already made the original somewhat synthetic. Any real world translation is completely useless.

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2 Responses to “Mtmihim”


  1. 1 NG 2009-08-28 at 10:54

    Real world translations are useless with this tool in the sense that you can’t take a plane to another country where you don’t speak the language and expect Google to tell you what to say. But there are plenty of real world uses for this. When I was in high school in the 90s, I used Babelfish’s translation service for my Spanish homework. From word to word, sentence to sentence and passage to passage, it gave me at least a pretty good idea of what was being communicated.

    • 2 aharoni 2009-08-28 at 11:03

      I admit that i use these auto-translation tools when i want to write email in Spanish, Catalan, Italian or Portuguese and need a little cheat-sheet. But i need to double-check every single word and often end up with a completely different translation.

      Yesterday i used it to translate someone’s Facebook status from Estonian and it helped me get the idea.

      The problem is that Google present it as a fully automatic translation tool that translates emails, chats and documents without the need for further corrections and that is totally wrong.


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