Want to see what happens when you use Google to translate a sentence into 20 randomly selected languages and then back into English? You can find out pretty quickly by using Translation Telephone, an online tool that does just that. To test it, I entered the following anonymous quote: “The difference between ‘involvement’ and ‘commitment’ is like an eggs-and-ham breakfast: the chicken was ‘involved’ – the pig was ‘committed’.” After it was sequentially translated into Finnish, Indonesian, Chinese, Swahili, Afrikaans, Slovenian, Haitian Creole, Serbian, Russian, Portuguese, Arabic, Slovak, Bulgarian, Hindi, Albanian, Persian (Farsi), Danish, Hebrew, and finally back into English, it came out as, “Partnership and commitment between the eggs and coffee is the difference – a significant -. Pigs and poultry ‘error’ ‘Cheers.” See all the iterations here.
Partnership and Commitment between the Eggs and Coffee