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Lost in the translation

By DAN ROBINSON
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Every once in a while I encounter a foreign-language web page or forum in my site referral logs. Occasionally I'm curious what they're saying about my site, so I'll translate the page with the Babelfish utility. Automatic translators are not perfect and tend to mangle things pretty bad, but you can usually get the gist things with them. Sometimes members of foreign message boards will have a quote or proverb tacked onto their post signatures, which the translator will botch as usual. The result is some pretty profound (and funny) interpretations of famous lines. So, I decided to have some fun with this and run a few famous quotes through Babelfish, translating them from english to japanese and then back to english.

Let's just hope that they don't use Babelfish to read english web pages in Japan.

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Original:
Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. - Albert Einstein

Japanese Translation:
The attempt which on the other hand should try the fact that you become the person who does not become the person of success, but has value. - Albert Einstein

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Original:
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. - Albert Einstein

Japanese Translation:
Two methods of living and passing is your life. Is miracle, there is as nothing one. As everything is miracle, there are other things. - Albert Einstein

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Original:
Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That's relativity. - Albert Einstein

Japanese Translation:
If you put your hand on the hot blaststove of amount, like 1 hours it seems the way. If the girl 1 hour clean it makes sit down, that like amount seems the way. That. The relativity of s. - Albert Einstein

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Original:
Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius. - Mozart

Japanese Translation:
Is high either the thing intelligent imagination does not go both together in compilation of the genius. The love which is mind of love, love and the genius. - Mozart

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Original:
I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters. - Frank Lloyd Wright

Japanese Translation:
I'm where retention of the weapon where is dangerous from the hand of the idiot is supported entirely. Let typewriters. The start of s. - Frank Lloyd Wright

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Original:
It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid. - George Bernard Shaw

Japanese Translation:
In addition stupid. If so it is not, it is dangerous to be sincere. - George Bernard Shaw

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Original:
You got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there. - Yogi Berra

Japanese Translation:
Don. The fact that you note was obtained; As for t somewhere you. You have known; there. Because perhaps, you do not obtain, re-go. - Yogi Berra

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Original:
A penny saved is a penny earned. - Benjamin Franklin

Japanese Translation:
As for the penny which is rescued, it is the penny which is obtained. - Benjamin Franklin

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Original:
The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made. - Groucho Marx

Japanese Translation:
Life is the honest person and fair coping. If it can forge that, you' ve could being able to do that. - Groucho Marx

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Original:
Act in the valley so that you need not fear those who stand on the hill. - Unknown

Japanese Translation:
As for the necessity to fear the person who is raised to the hill way it is not, behavior of the valley. - Unknown

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Original:
Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example. - Mark Twain

Japanese Translation:
You are patient small-numbered thing and good example are more difficult than trouble. - Mark Twain

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Original:
If you can't describe what you are doing as a process, you don't know what you're doing. - W. Edwards Deming

Japanese Translation:
Can as for t having done as process, don you describe; As for t what kind of you you have known whether; Re-do. - W. Edwards Deming

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Original:
It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and THEN do your best. - W. Edwards Deming

Japanese Translation:
That is not sufficient all power is exhausted; You must know what in order to exhaust all power next whether it should have done. - W. Edwards Deming

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Original:
Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest. - Mark Twain

Japanese Translation:
Do the correct thing. The people Mitsuru of some person it makes that add, can surprise remainder. - Mark Twain

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