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Translation Party

Finally a use for machine !

The site is a simple, yet oddly addictive way to kill some . It uses Google to perform an indefinite number of back translations, typically producing something nonsensical and quite different from the original phrase. It’s kind of like the game where kids tell a story person to person and then at the end everyone hears how distorted the meaning got along the way.

To play, just enter a phrase (the longer the better) in English. The will it into , perform a back into English, a into Japanese, another translation into English, etc. etc. It stops once it reaches “equilibrium,” the point at which the English and Japanese translate back and forth into the same thing.

Hopefully a in Spanish will be coming soon.