Lost in Translation

Translate interesting phrases among English and other languages

"Language is the source of misunderstandings."
— Antoine de Saunt-Exupéry in The Little Prince

Important: Systran, which for years provided our translation functionality, shut down their service in May. We're now using Google Translate. Unfortunately, the Google Translate API has been officially deprecated as of May 26, 2011. Google's API will be shut off completely on December 1, 2011. Therefore, barring the emergence of new, publicly-available machine translation API, this site will disappear on December 1, 2011. Thanks for over 10 years of funny translations!

What happens when an English phrase is translated by computer back and forth among a few different languages? Today's translation software is quite good, but it's not equipped for consecutive translations of the same piece of text. Remember the old game of "Telephone"? Something is lost, and perhaps something is gained.

Try it for yourself! Enter some English text and "babelize" it: