Auto-translating sound effects
A friend recently posted (to Facebook) a video of an animal eating something, and added the following text as a commentary/description for the video:
MONCH MONCH MONCH
Facebook offered to translate that for me. I accepted the offer. Facebook’s translation read as follows:
Monch monch monch monch monch monch
It then offered to let me rate the translation. After the place where I could give a rating of 1 to 5 stars, it let me choose from among the following options:
- Never translate Bengali
- I have a better translation
- Post was not in Bengali
- Language settings
I told it that the post was not in Bengali. (In retrospect, I kinda wish I had offered a better translation instead.) Facebook said:
Are you sure this post was not in Bengali?
and asked what language it was really in. After some uncertainty about how to answer that question, I said it was English.
Possibly I should instead have taken a cue from my father, and said it was gibberish.