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