Why You Shouldn’t Use The Internet to Translate Japanese

Original Japanese:




BING!’s translation:

Good morning.

Lake Saroma 100 km towards, and you guys do the best. Today Saroma ( 4/22 snowed a 9 cm snowfall from last night.

Saroma Saroma 100 km to town also contestants are practicing to please. 6/30 5:00 Kamiyubetsu Town start until two months little is.

Google’s translation:

Good morning. I have everyone working hard towards Saroma 100km.

I estimate 9 cm in snowfall from last night Saroma (April 22) of today. I I see your figure that is practice those who are competing in Saroma 100km in Saroma town.

5:00 Yubetsu town start the 30th June is the month to little or two later.

My translation:

Good Morning. People who will be running the 100km Saroma Lake Marathon are training hard these days.

Today in Saroma (April 22nd) we had 9cm (3.5in) of snow accumulate overnight. Even now you can see the competitors in the ultramarathon practicing in and around Saroma.

Only 2 more months until the start in Yubetsu Town – June 30th at 5:00am!

2 replies on “Why You Shouldn’t Use The Internet to Translate Japanese”

Good comparison of web translations. I’ve always taken them with a grain of salt, but try to get the gist of at least the subject. Some can be quite funny. 😀

~ Cheers!

I like how neither automated translation actually mentions the fact that there’s a race. You can kiiiiiiinda infer it from “competing in Saroma 100km” from Google’s translation, but BING!! has no hope whatsoever in any capacity.

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