Off topic: BBC wises up to the dangers of online translation tools?
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HRiley  Identity Verified
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Oct 13, 2003

Interesting article on the BBC news site today: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/3186936.stm
Of course, it's hardly news to us translators...
(And my apologies if this link has already been posted on another forum...)


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Deborah Shannon  Identity Verified
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It's obviously become an urban legend! Oct 13, 2003

HRiley wrote:
Of course, it's hardly news to us translators...


You're right there - it's 'news' of the recycled variety.

I remember seeing the story posted a long time ago, here on Proz and elsewhere - it could even have been last year.

Does anyone know of a genuine source for it, or is it an urban legend?


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Martine Etienne  Identity Verified
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Do not forget to think !!!!! Oct 13, 2003

Even the most subtle computer program doesn't think - and you need to be able to think in order to translate

Sabine Reul

I like this very much...


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SusyZ  Identity Verified
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Thanks! Oct 13, 2003

I have added the link to my signature line (another way to remind my contacts why they need my services). Could not help but to laugh loud when reading the additional comments posted by other readers!

[Edited at 2003-10-13 18:48]

[Edited at 2003-10-14 03:46]

[Edited at 2003-10-14 03:49]


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GoodWords  Identity Verified
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A true "legend" Oct 13, 2003

Unlike urban legends that have no basis in fact, the machine-translated tourism brochure apparently is a true event that was reported in the media no earlier than September, 2003. Here are some links:
http://www.uebersetzerportal.de/nachrichten/n-archiv/2003/2003-09/2003-09-13.htm

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/09/12/1063268549353.html

Here's the article that broke the story on ProZ: http://www.expatica.com/germany.asp?pad=190,205,&item_id=34146

[Edited at 2003-10-13 19:07]


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Deborah Shannon  Identity Verified
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Truth better than fiction Oct 13, 2003

GoodWords wrote:

Unlike urban legends that have no basis in fact, the machine-translated tourism brochure apparently is a true event that was reported in the media no earlier than September, 2003.


Oops, only a slight deja-vu then... I must have eroded more than the usual quota of brain cells in the last month!



That's the one - thanks for reposting it. And thanks also to HRiley for bringing up the whole legendary episode it's a classic.


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Daniel Bird  Identity Verified
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Has anyone visited... Oct 15, 2003

...Janacek's birthplace in Hukvaldy where, it is said, there is an "English" edition of his suite (title normally translated as "On An Overgrown Path") entitled "By Weedy Sidewalk"? In my heart I want this to be true.
No machine intervention required.


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