Fun with Universal Translators

Popular legend has it that John Steinbeck's widow went to Japan some time after her husband's death.  Curious if his work had had it around the world, Mrs. Steinbeck inquired if there were any books by him.  The salesperson returned and said, yes, they had a copy of "Angry Rasins."  The actual book in question: "The Grapes of Wrath."



The experiment

Here's an interesting experiment with a humorous outcome:

The results can be hilarious.  One point: Make sure that you don’t leave a hard return at the end of a line of lyrics if it isn’t the end of the sentence, otherwise the grammar is even more jumbled, but in an inconsistent way.

Here’s the original "Another Brick Pt II"
We don’t need no education.
We don’t need no thought control.
No dark sarcasm in the classroom.
Teacher, leave those kids alone.
Hey, teacher, leave those kids alone!
All in all you’re just another brick in the wall.
All in all you’re just another brick in the wall.

Now, English => French => English
We do not need any education.
We do not need any ordering of thought.
No dark sarcastic remark in the classroom.
The professor, leave these kids alone.
Hé, the professor, leave these kids alone!
All in all you are right another brick in the wall.
All in all you are right another brick in the wall.

English => Spanish => English
We did not need any education.
We did not need any control the thought.
No dark sarcasm in the classroom.
The professor, leaves those cabritos single.
Hey, the professor, leaves those cabritos single!
All in all you are right another brick in the wall.
All in all you are right another brick in the wall.

English => Portugese => English
We do not need no instruction.
We do not need no control the thought.
None sarcasm dark in the classroom.
The professor, leaves those small alone ones.
Hey, the professor, leaves those small alone ones!
Everything in everything you is just one another brick in the wall.
Everything in everything you is just one another brick in the wall.

English => Italian => English
We do not have need of formation.
We do not have need of thought control.
No sarcasm dark in the classroom.
Teaching, leaves those kidskin single.
Hey, teaching, leaves those kidskin single!
All in all you are right an other mattone in the wall.
All in all you are right an other mattone in the wall.

None of these are perfect, but clearly this last translator still has a few bugs.  Have fun with your own song lyrics.

Some lyrics sites Some on-line translators



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