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Old 30th May 2008, 13:42   #41
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Actually, I used the Google translate thing. Is that the same engine as babelfish? I'm assuming so.
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Probably slightly different but same principle. Babelfish is at http://babelfish.yahoo.com
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Wow, the Google one is much more powerful. Babelfish only allows translations to and from English for most languages (so French becomes an important 'central reservation').
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I'm guessing that they did use some form of auto-translator (there are some turns of phrase that really reek of babelfish, which tends to go with the first definition in the dictionary) but then rewrote the results quite a lot.

I like to use this site to make a complete babelfish mess. For comparison, take the opening verse of Deep Purple's all-time smash hit "Smoke On The Water":

We all came out to Montreux
On the Lake Geneva shoreline
To make records with a mobile
We didn't have much time
Frank Zappa and the Mothers
Were at the best place around
But some stupid with a flare gun
Burned the place to the ground
Smoke on the water, fire in the sky

Which comes out:

The free outside of the transmission that to nut/mother one is interested like whom he is in the best interior of the program we, but to emit that much hour is not hoe, the program of the water you you give to the form to the tobacco from the track to the marks pyrotechnical of sucking/absorbing and stupid the section it to regulate the transportable young of the unit, which they surround, in the fogos of the order the fire without ordered to memorizzar he, the end to appear all in Montreux of lakes EH of gene of the zone of the tide.
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