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Machine Translation Plays the Telephone Game

November 17, 2009 3 Comments »

Remember the Telephone Game? Most of you probably remember it from childhood. You would whisper a short sentence into someone’s ear and so on until it went full circle. When the message reached the last person it was totally different from the original and it had everyone laughing out loud. You’re probably thinking, “Yes, I remember that game. But what does it have to do with Machine Translation?” Machine Translation is playing a fast-growing role in the translation industry. Some companies admit that it’s only partially effective (some say 70%); I beg to differ. Let’s play the Telephone Game and see what happens after 10 consecutive translations of the same text.

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3 Responses to “Machine Translation Plays the Telephone Game”

  • Commented on November 18, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    […] Machine Translation Plays the Telephone Game […]

  • Andrea
    Commented on April 15, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Brilliant, this reminds me of ‘English as she is spoke’.

  • Andrea
    Commented on April 15, 2010 at 5:40 am

    Brilliant, this reminds me of ‘English as she is spoke’.