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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 niño 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.

September 5, 2015

19 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Darth_Jujee

This comedy sketch regarding google translate puts it into perspective:

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Martmeister

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Martmeister

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Martmeister

ooh - thanks, this fun!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VeeDrawStuff

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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Clive.Thomas

It seems to translate to "a woman of the light" but I presume it means something else?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/no.name.42

That's "da" not "de," so it's "the woman gives the light" which I think means "the woman gives birth."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VeeDrawStuff

That's it for certain. Dar a luz = to give birth


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VeeDrawStuff

Ooops . . . I made an error. Dar a Luz

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rwalker002

I agree. Google translate is very inaccurate.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rwalker002

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fay306893

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JBW.

Haha! That's funny! I think part of this is Google Translate's inaccuracy and not Spanish language rules.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/deepstructure

In the intervening years since this post, Google's translation has gotten only slightly better. It translates your original Spanish statement now as:

A woman riding her motorcycle in leathers stopped to give birth to a child in overalls carrying a cat and a strawberry

However if you put your original English statement in you get a different Spanish translation now:

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

New:
Una mujer que conducía su motocicleta en pieles se detuvo para dar luz a un niño con un mono que llevaba un gato y una fresa

And if you reverse that updated Spanish statement you get a no-better translation:

A woman riding her motorcycle in furs stopped to give birth to a child in overalls carrying a cat and a strawberry

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