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Google voice: lost in translation

May 15th, 2010 · 1 Comment · humor

Google Voice is a very useful service and has many cool features, including voice mail transcription. It is also endlessly entertaining when it attempts to transcribe messages in foreign languages. I frequently get voice mails from my Russian-speaking friends and family, and the Google transcripts are hilarious. Here is what Google thinks the callers were saying:

Vaguely business-sounding:
I was on yesterday was and schedule before the use of the estimate based on the body of it because the designation weather or what the yeah she doesn’t look good. Lunch Program.

Sinister:
Well I’m Linda all my money right now. I’ve been watching for you on your.

International flair:
Well, I’ll talk with each other. I just want to discuss poorest via Samos messages and Campbell. Bittel horrible. And don’t worry I’m not. Hey I’m on my telephone so is the voice him that he said he said lucky session resources. David’s you really my cellphone, Hi, this is the voice in just left, so if you have a Steven off of the Lebanese if you bye.

Project Runway :
Or  you  read  this  all  otherwise  have  several  show.  Yes,  you  assume  you’re  at  it.  I  know  that  quit  their  intention  is  going  great.  I  would  really  love  her  so  go  ahead.  Sorry  you  and  we  are  a  model  you  know  that  they’re  celebrating  again.  You  know  we’ll  see  if  she  was  because  yo  dude,  I  was  hoping  for  a  couple  of  Appointment  door  sweating  new  address.  Andrew,  which  is  restrictions.  How  are  you.  I’m  gonna  send  it,  couple  of  minutes.  Okay.

And finally – existential:
Well  I’m  calling  in  life.

Lala, I was on yesterday was and schedule before the use of the estimate based on the body of it because the designation weather or what the yeah she doesn’t look good. Lunch Program.

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  • David Kay

    I use PhoneTag (the former Simulscribe.) I’m amazed at what the service gets right, but even more amazed at what it gets wrong. Today I received: “We are in the process in dealing a sales for a Stockholm knowledge base implementation” which, having listened to the audio, I would have made “We are in the process of doing a Salesforce.com knowledgebase implementation.” But maybe “Sales for a Stockholm” is relating a deeper truth.

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