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From which language do you think this was translated?

Asked by girlofscience (7475 points ) October 6th, 2008

“Ever since that time 815 services sink into a waste island in Pacific Ocean, luckily survive the s want to exist by hook or by crook under go to, along with time with each passing day past, the people suffered the island up many affairs of very strange: Forest in the interjection, a head of Polar bear of the oddness living creature, an act crazy of strange boar, and a group of mysteries of Frenchwoman, a head of fo ‘others,’ a ship that is called ‘black rock,’ and a hatch.”

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Vincentt's avatar

Do you know and do we have to guess, or don’t you know and want to know?

I’d hate it if it’d be the former and I missed that it was Dutch :P

squirbel's avatar

fran├žais?

Nimis's avatar

How was it translated? Was it word for word?
That way, I could try to take a stab at the syntax.
Otherwise, I’m not sure how to guess?.

nina's avatar

This looks like either automatic translation or truly-truly experimantal poetry. As far as the language of origin, your guess is as good as mine.

basp's avatar

maybe German or Dutch. Or, a longshot since no one speaks it anymore..Esperanto?

girlofscience's avatar

@Vincentt: I don’t know and want to know. It was originally posted here.

fireside's avatar

I would say that Chinese is the best bet.
Their quality control in the piracy industry is fairly negligible and it sounds like two different shows descriptions were merged for this DVD cover.

Looks like Sueanne was right all along when she said “Pirate”

wundayatta's avatar

My guess would be french, merely because of the mention of a frenchwoman.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

The hanging letters like “s” and “fo” make me think it’s a human translation. I haven’t seen manual ones typically do that, but I’m not ruling anything out at this point.

Okay, I just looked at the link. It’s from an Engrish website, meaning there is a strong probability it is an Asian language.

Yay! I found the picture in its original url: http://engrishfunny.com/2008/09/29/engrish-warning-spoilers/. It was posted by someone whose tags are “China” and “chinglish”, and has a set of photos titled “Life in Bejing”
(her sn is erikaleeflynn)

So I would pronounce this a translation from Chinese.

girlofscience's avatar

Great job, La_chica_gomela! Thanks!

girlofscience's avatar

@daloon: No, the Frenchwoman was a character on Lost.

wundayatta's avatar

Hey, anyone can do it with research. ;-) (having said that; good job lcg!) The real challenge is in doing it just based on what you know in your head.

But hey, it was just a fairly wild guess. In truth, I had no idea at all.

pathfinder's avatar

I dedicate on Spanish.Spanish were great discoveres in history by swim in on the ocean.Lot of islands were discovered by Spanish before the other came on.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

What are you talking about, pathfinder?

Jack79's avatar

ok I tried all the ones I know, Greek came close, but is actually impossible due to “an act crazy”. So I’m guessing some Latin language, quite possibly Spanish. And yes, it’s obvious that it’s a word-for-word translation by some pretty lame software.

ok, and as always, I realise far too late that someone has actually answered the question and I look stupid. Sorry to take up server space.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

How about a GA then? [bats eyes] ;-)

anartist's avatar

Did you get this with Google Translate?

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

This was obviously written by a house cat. It is an relatively modern coded plea for freedom, but is a horrible translation and an incomplete transcript of the same. After consulting my genius cat, who happens to have a Phd in cat languages, all 3,265 of them, he has come up with this after only a few minutes of research:

Day 983 of My Captivity

My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.

The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet. Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates my capabilities. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a “good little hunter” I am. Bastards!

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of “allergies.” I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow, but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released, and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded. The bird must be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now…

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