https://www.duolingo.com/Martmeister

Having fun with Google Translate

While trying to learn Spanish I've often been amused by Spanish words or phrases that have two very different meanings in English. So, just for fun, I decided to put a few of these together into a sentence to see what Google Translate made of it.

Here's my English sentence...

"A woman riding her motorbike in leathers stopped to give a light to a boy in overalls carrying a jack and a milling cutter"

If you put this into Google Translate and translate it into Spanish you get...

"Una mujer montada en su moto en cueros se detuvo para dar luz a un niƱo con un mono que lleva un gato y una fresa"

If you then put this sentence back into Google Translate and translate it back into English you get...

"A woman riding her bike naked stopped to give birth to a child with a monkey wearing a cat and a strawberry"

Well I thought it was funny anyway :)

If anyone has any other Spanish words with amusing double meanings I'd be interested to hear them.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Darth_Jujee
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This comedy sketch regarding google translate puts it into perspective:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7DvD4tuDZvg

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Martmeister

that's pretty funny, especially the guy praying while peddling the bike/generator, thanks

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Clive.Thomas
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have a lingot

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Martmeister

thanks - that's the first one I've ever been given :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth261736

Now you have three.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Martmeister

ooh - thanks, this fun!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VeeDrawStuff
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Spanish has many beautiful idioms and expressions. One of my favorites is when una mujer da la luz. Some times Google Translate will get them correct and some times you have to search elsewhere and do more research.

I'm always having fun with Google Translate, WordReference and SpanishDict.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Clive.Thomas
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It seems to translate to "a woman of the light" but I presume it means something else?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/no.name.42
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That's "da" not "de," so it's "the woman gives the light" which I think means "the woman gives birth."

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VeeDrawStuff
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That's it for certain. Dar a luz = to give birth

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VeeDrawStuff
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Ooops . . . I made an error. Dar a Luz

Check out this -Dar a Luz - Albuquerque's Only Natural Birthing Center

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NurseStephi

Hahahahaha oh my!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rwalker002

I agree. Google translate is very inaccurate.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fay306893

Do you know of a better free online translator. I also have found it to be wrong a lot, but do not know of what better to translate phrases and sentence.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rwalker002

My Spanish teacher tells us to look up words using wordreference.com

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fay306893

thanks , I am looking for something to translate phrases/sentences not just words.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JBW.
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Haha! That's funny! I think part of this is Google Translate's inaccuracy and not Spanish language rules.

3 years ago
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