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Google translate does Georgian animals...
« on: May 07, 2019, 06:12:00 PM »
OK, so I asked Google to translate for me the names on the list of Georgian mammal species and the results are so amazing that I absolutely had to share them. You should be able to get the original list at: https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=ka&u=http://geofauna.ge/index.php%3Fpage%3Dgeo_nature_single%26id%3D1768&prev=search

So let's play a game. One point for every correctly guessed species on this list :P

FAMILYGENUSSPECIES
Spit outSpotsOpthalmic Strip
OkayTeethThe teeth white
TeethThe teeth are small
BagsBIGA SALCONNIC
Brown biscuitsLittle brown biscuits
So how are you?
Caucasian brown biscuits
Caucasian little brown biscuits
Many morePudding
Bulldogs batsBulldog batsBulldogs
BrushesBruisesBruce Black
Bruce White
To find outBearingsBear the broom
DolphinShorts DolphinsThe usual dolphin is short
AppliancesApelina
HazelThe earrings are waterI'm watering
Forensic ForestThe red is a familiar one
Hammer krcutusHazel ordinary
Memoirs PrometheusMemoir is Prometheus
Hamsters are mediumZamuna Rade
Hazel brands
Memeres of snowI'm a European snowman
The Gudauri snowfall
Memorable is Robert
Memeres SeriesI'm a common man
Memorandum is Schildowski
The message is public
The Dagestan is the Memorial
I'm the bushes
HedgehogThe hedgehogsEastern European hedgehog
Southern hedgehog
Sea pigSea pigsSea pigs
MouseMice forest and fieldMouse field
Mouse Asian
Mouse cursor
The mouse on the forest is small
Mouse shirt
Little mechidsThe front line is in me
Little miceLittle mouse
House miceHome mouse
The Macedonian mouse
RatsGray rat
Black rat
TirednessThickersTrenchous Caucasian
The twilight is blind
DeerShellsDread European
Rope cymbals
True deerDeer is noble
CatsCatsLily cat (Subspecies: Caucasian lady cat)
Forest cat (Subspecies: Caucasian forest cat)
LynxLynx Caucasian
PantherJick (leopard)
MartenGoGo to the usual
MartenA white marten
Forest marten
Kerchum
SparklingTap of the tap
Has gone (Subspecies: The Caucasian has gone)
The queen
Rattle
Rabbit landThe hare in the landGerbo is small
Gerbo is great
I do not knowI'm confusedI'm getting upset
True slopesBerry saladsWhite stripes
SemiconductorsMountain goatsNivari Kavazi
The Tribal Caucasian
East Caucasian turquoise
NewspaperKurtsikhi (jeyarani)
ChancesChameleon ordinary
PigBoatsWild boar
DogsWolvesgrey Wolf
FoxesThe fox is normal
DysfunctionalForest diggsThe sound
DyslexiaDyslexic
SquirrelsSquirrelsSquirrel is normal
Squirrel Caucasian
HorsepowerHorsesKanjari (donkey)
With eyesSighnotes Nose south
The nose is big
The nose is small
The nose-wolf
BruisingBruisesA slap in the forest
The curse of the Caucasian
Write to Kazbegi
Crouching Cluck
NightclubHurry upHurriedly European
Hastily Asian
StolitinesCelestine desert
Selatin North
Celtic late
BumpsOrdinary bakery
The casketsThe fog is long lasting
A knife is sharp
A three-color figure
The lavish
A poetic figure
The poem of Nepal
BluesMegamura giant
Meghamura is small
Meghamura Riza
PipitivesPipette in the Mediterranean
Pipette Forest
The pipette is dwarf
The pipette is small
LeatherPipette leather
BrahmsUmno brown
Alpine
Two-color batsTwo-color bats

« Last Edit: May 07, 2019, 06:49:54 PM by Jubal »
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Re: Google translate does Georgian animals...
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2019, 07:04:17 PM »
Somehow I sense that Google Translate hasn't had to do Georgian very often...

Or maybe it's been hijacked by a surreal sentence generator:
- The usual dolphin is short
- The earrings are water
- The mouse on the forest is small

EDIT: More seriously, I suspect it would be interesting to translate back from the Googlish into Georgian, to see how close the relationship is between the words for the meanings that Google has picked, and the original Georgian.
« Last Edit: May 07, 2019, 08:05:08 PM by Glaurung »

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Re: Google translate does Georgian animals...
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2019, 03:11:20 PM »
I think some of these will be a bit odd, since I suspect this involves a lot of rendering of English common names in Georgian in the first place. Many of the names here bear a degree of resemblance to the English names of the relevant animals (e.g. the Georgian name of the European Snow Vole is მემინდვრია ევროპის თოვლის, or memindvria evrop'is tovlis, where tovlis = snow - that's the "I'm a European Snowman" on this list!) so I think what's been used are Georgian translations of those names rather than older traditional Georgian names for the specific smaller mammals if any indeed even exist; I'm not actually sure when e.g. distinctions between for example field, yellow-necked, and house mice started being made properly in English.

In general I think that Google is often simply wrong - it's probably lacking input when it comes to Georgian, and I think it's probably harder to work out Georgian words than some other languages because of their heavily agglutinative nature. Machvzgharba, the word for a porcupine, definitely doesn't translate to anything like "I'm getting upset", and I can't work out any similar words that it was getting at. It does actually have an interesting translation: machvi is a badger and zgharba a hedgehog, so it's a "badger hedgehog" roughly. A lot of these aren't super messed up, that said; I may be able to shed some more light on the ones that are in a few weeks' time...
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Re: Google translate does Georgian animals...
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2019, 07:07:38 PM »
this is brilliantly funny, thanks for posting it :) I've been forced to use google translate for museum records that have no English version, and some very strange things happen to Norwegian too. Icelandic, bizzarely, comes out entirely understandable, but with all the words in the wrong order.
I have no idea what a many more pudding is, but i sincerely wish these were real names for animals.

im going to guess that 'the twilight is blind' might be some kind of bat?

crouching cluck and a slap in the forest sound like unusually vicious chickens, but that might be too much to hope for.

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Re: Google translate does Georgian animals...
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2019, 11:42:55 PM »
I think "The Twilight Is Blind" is actually a mole - the bats are all the ones in the "Nightclub" section.

A slap in the forest is a northern birch mouse, for some reason!
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