Lost in Translation Book Tag

I saw this wonderful book tag on One Book More and given the fact I’m a linguist, I could not help but want to do it myself! If you haven’t seen One Book More, you should definitely check out their blog – there’s so much great content.

This tag was originally created by Love Your Shelf.

So… How badly can Google Translate mess up?

I say… very! Yes, can’t deny that it is a useful tool, but it certainly isn’t foolproof. I don’t know how many of you have seen Google Translate Sings by Translate Fails on Youtube, but these always make me giggle.

Lost in Translation – How it works

  1. Pick the last book you read (I went for a recent one).
  2. Put that book in Google Translate and translate it into 3 different languages, then back to English. (Please put which languages you used to translate them!)
  3. See how close (or how far) it is to the original book title.
  4. Lastly, put the original book title at the bottom and talk about your last read!

Here’s my translated title

Club Fulfillment Thursday

This title went from English –> Danish –> Pashto —> Igbo –> English

ermm… Okay… Some of these words I can see what they came from… but fulfillment?!

Any ideas?

Original Title

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman!

This was my last 5 star read! I listened to it on audiobook through my local library. Written by British comedian Richard Osman, it features a group of pensioners with a passion for investigating cold cases; until, one day, they have a real murder on their doorstep to solve! I absolutely loved the tongue-in-cheek humour and the characterisation. And Lesley Manville’s narration was so engaging. It made me laugh and gasp out loud! I’ve since bought a copy for my mum for Christmas.

I tag anyone who reads this! It was such a fun one to do.


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