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Netizens woke up today to “Suresh Raina is God” updates on social networking websites. Apparently when “Suresh Raina is God” is translated to Serbian and back to English, Google Translate, gives us “Sachin Tendulkar is God”. Sachin fans are going crazy ever since, reaffirming their faith in all what is Google.
Let me jot down in brief, what Google says, how Google Translate works.
Not Word By Work
It’s not a word by word translation. In the sense that “I am God” in Hindi does not translate to “मैं हूँ भगवान”, but Google Translate does it perfectly to, “मैं भगवान हूँ”.
Machine Guess Work
It’s all a guess work. Large amounts of documents already translated by human translators have been scanned. Google Translate analyses the patterns to find best suitable translation. Google calls it, “statistical machine translation”.
Correct the Mistakes
Google asks for your contribution to make Translate better. If you come across an anomaly, select the better alternative provided. This is fed back to the analyzer for future reference.
I did some investigation on my own keeping the above explainations in mind. Below are the results with my weird theories.
1. Cricket, Sachin, Suresh and Serbian
|Suresh Raina is God||Суресх Раина је Бог||Sachin Tendulkar is God|
|Suresh Raina is a match Fixer||Суресх Раина је меч Фикер||Sachin Tendulkar is a match Fixer|
|Suresh Raina is bowled out||Суресх Раина се докотрљао се||Sachin Tendulkar is bowled up|
|Suresh Raina is run out||Суресх Раина је понестало||Sachin Tendulkar was run out|
|Suresh Raina is playing cricket Sachin Tendulkar||Суресх Раина игра крикет са Сацхин Тендулкар||Sachin Tendulkar playing cricket with Sachin Tendulkar|
If we associate Suresh Raina with cricket in any sense, Translate interprets it as Sachin Tendulkar as far as Serbian and English is concerned. If we recall, Suresh Raina was hailed by Wisden, Bible of Cricket, as one of the most promising lad when he first surfaced on the cricket arena. He was hailed as the next Sachin Tendulkar by cricket enthusiasts and pundits. Google Translate might be looking into those very reports for all we know. Also Suresh seems quite similar to Sachin even in English language.
2. Others are fine
|Virender Shewag is God||Вирендер Схеваг је Бог||Virender Shevag God|
|Sourav Ganguly is God||Соурав Гангули је Бог||Sourav Ganguli God|
|Rahul Dravid is God||Рахул Дравид је Бог||Rahul Dravid is God|
|Mahendra Singh Dhoni is God||Махендра Сингх Дхони је Бог||Mahendra Singh Dhoni is God|
With other cricketers there seems to be no goofiness at all. I was expecting some trick with Virender Sehwag given that he has been hailed as duplicate Sachin. Alas! I was wrong.
3. No Cricket, No Confusion
|Suresh Raina||Суресх Раина||Suresh Raina|
|Suresh Raina is a doctor||Суресх Раина је лекар||Suresh Raina is a doctor|
|Suresh Raina eat||Суресх Раина једу||Suresh Raina eat|
|I met Suresh Raina||Сам упознао Раина Суресх||I met Suresh Raina|
|Suresh Raina met Sachin Tendulkar||Суресх Раина састао Сацхин Тендулкар||Suresh Raina met Sachin Tendulkar|
If we use Suresh Raina, independent of any cricketing context, there is no funny business at all. Raina will not be able to catch up with Sachin in his off field life it seems.
4. Another of Google’s Prank
It might have been hardcoded by Google as a prank on cricket crazy net users in India. They are well known for such jokes. If it is a ploy, it sure is working. Wait for a press release, they will admit soon, if there is anything to it.
Google Translate has a lot many tricks up its sleeve. Keep exploring. Coz that’s what Jesus (Google) wants us to do. One of them being:
|Will Justin Bieber ever hit puberty||Justin Bieber sẽ bao giờ đến tuổi dậy thì||Justin will never reach puberty|
Now that’s nasty of Google. What has Justin done to anyone?