Lost in translation: an amusing ad

Machine translation has come on leaps and bounds, but there are still times when Google Translate and other systems can produce both awful and amusing results.

A recent advert for ElaN Languages – which uses humans – against Google Translate – which does not – is perhaps not exactly a fair comparison, but is an excellent advert and wryly amusing.

You can view it on YouTube, or via the ElaN website.

Thanks to Mark Liberman at Language Log for drawing attention to this.