CHALLENGE: Get me a perfect Latin translation out of GoogleTranslate and I will give you 10 lingots
Deadline: Sunday 8 September 3pm BST
First to post an example of an English text of at last 30 words that returns a perfect Latin translation wins.
It can be done. Can you work out how?
EDIT: bicolingo won and got 10 lingots.
So I've given the two people here both 10 lingots as they had both found a way to do it.
How to do it:
Try some text from the Douay-Rheims translation of the Vulgate
I'm finding today it is tending to slide in extra words, which is annoying. At random however, I found that:
Except the Lord of hosts had left us seed, we had been as Sodom, and we should have been like to Gomorrha. GoogleTranslate
Nisi Dominus exercituum reliquisset nobis semen, quasi Sodoma fuissemus, et quasi Gomorrha similes essemus.
– which is an exact translation.
Why is this? As others have mentioned, there are core texts Google trains on. The Bible is central to this in most Google Translate versions. As a result you can usually get it to spit out perfect Latin – so long as it's text from the Bible.
Yes, I see what you're getting at. The official contemporary Catholic version of the Lord's Prayer in English works:
"Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil."