Google Translate: “sóc de catalunya” = “I’m from Spain”

Here, and just as the regional election campaign was getting underway. The state-financed separatist organisation, Òmnium Cultural, believes there is a plot, and is therefore mounting its own campaign to nobble Google Translate.

(H/t Alex)

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This post pre-dates my organ-grinding days, and may be imported from elsewhere.

Barcelona (489):

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Föcked Translation (413): I posted to a light-hearted blog called Fucked Translation over on Blogger from 2007 to 2016, when I was often in Barcelona. Its original subtitle was "What happens when Spanish institutions and businesses give translation contracts to relatives or to some guy in a bar who once went to London and only charges 0.05€/word." I never actually did much Spanish-English translation (most of my work is from Dutch, French and German) but I was intrigued and amused by the hubristic Spanish belief, then common, that nepotism and quality went hand in hand, and by the nemeses that inevitably followed.

Google Translate (3): Google Translate is a free multilingual machine translation service developed by Google, to translate text.

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  1. Isn't Google Translate open to vandalism? You can 'suggest' corrections. I reckon someone did this intentionally.

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