Babel Fish – Lost in Translation

Babel Fish is a free online translator that can translate text in English to other languages. To be honest, I use Babel Fish for all the Japanese text on my Personal Messages on MSN Messenger. However, after looking at Wikipedia’s article on Babel Fish, I soon realize that what I had put up as a Personal Message may well be gibberish. Here’s an example:
 
Original English Text:
The battle may be over, but the war has just begun.

Translated to Japanese:
ある戦争はちょうど始まった。

Translated back to English:
A certain war started exactly.

Translated to Chinese:
某一战争确切地发动。

Translated back to English:
Some war accurately starts.

Translated to French:
Une certaine guerre commence exactement.

Translated back to English:
A certain war starts exactly.

Translated to German:
Ein bestimmter Krieg beginnt genau.

Translated back to English:
A certain war begins exactly.

Translated to Italian:
_ un determinato guerra cominci esatto. _

Translated back to English:
_ a determined war begins exact _

Translated to Portuguese:
_ uma guerra determinada começa exato _

Translated back to English:
_ a definitive war starts accurate _

Translated to Spanish:
_ una guerra definitiva comienza exacto _

Translated back to English:
_ a definitive war begins exact _

 

A website, titled 'Lost in Translation', puts this across very clearly. Using the original Babel Fish code, they translate your block of English text into French, then back to English, then to German, then back to English, then to Italian, then back to English, then to Portuguese, then back to English, then to Spanish, and back into English again. You can also add Japanese and Chinese translations before the European languages.

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