Lost in translation

lost in translation

You probably use Google Translator to look for a word or a sentence, right? I do that a lot. But sometimes the translator translates wrong. It’s good in finding separate words but when it comes to whole sentences, it’s wrong. If you want to learn a new language, don’t use the Google one. Maybe you find words but the grammar is not to be trusted. I speak Swedish besides Finnish and English. It’s more correct in Swedish than in Finnish. But it’s not perfect. The translator can be funny too. If you translate a whole page, it can either look silly or irritate you. On WordPress you can download a translator widget but it’s not great either. Someone had one on their blog and when I looked at my blog in Finnish, there were words that wasn’t right at all.

Here’s a few examples of how translators can be wrong. Sentences from my blog posts. How to read these translated parts, is another story.

In English

A lot of other people in my age already have a career and a family. – Blog post Feb 14, 2017,  My great expectations

Translated to Finnish

Paljon muita ihmisiä minun ikä on jo uran ja perheen.

It should be like this.

Monella minun iässäni on jo ura ja perhe.

It can be said in different ways but that’s more correct than the translate on Google. For a Finn, it sounds kind of silly. The Swedish translation is more correct.

In Swedish

En hel del andra människor i min ålder redan har en karriär och en familj.

Even then some words are mixed up. It should be “har redan” and not “redan har”

One more that is almost right.

In English

Everybody probably doesn’t like what you do but you can’t please everyone. – Blog post Jan 13, 2017, Just put your mind into it

In Finnish

Kaikki luultavasti ei pidä siitä, mitä tehdä, mutta et voi miellyttää kaikkia.

It should be

Kaikki luultavasti ei pidä siitä mitä teet, mutta et voi miellyttää kaikkia.

Or the end can also be. “mutta kaikkia ei voi miellyttää” In Finnish there are different ways to say things. I don’t know which is the correct grammar though. It’s a complex language with different rules.

In Swedish

Allt du förmodligen inte kommer att gilla vad du gör, men du kan inte göra alla nöjda.

It should be

Alla förmodligen kommer inte att gilla vad du gör, men du kan inte göra alla nöjda.

Google Translator can be a funny place. You should never take things for granted when you use it. It’s more of a guideline and it’s a helper. If I didn’t use it, I couldn’t write this blog. It’s the easiest and fastest way to search for words, instead of trying to find them in a dictionary. If you want the exact grammar of a language, it’s better to ask a native to help you. Any translator online shouldn’t be taken too seriously but yet you shouldn’t stop using it. It has it’s disadvantage but it’s also a great tool.

Love the sound of his voice

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There is something about someone voice that can make you go gaga, unf, whoa or whatever word you prefer. It’s difficult to write a sound in words in any language. How do you describe someone ones voice for example. I don’t know how to do it. If I search for words online, it still doesn’t describe it perfectly. You can have a high voice or a low one but you can’t write that all the time. It isn’t right. As a fiction writer, writing about sound is a really challenging task for me. It’s not my favorite thing to do so I rather not write something I know I can’t. Especially trying to describe the sound of a persons voice to a person who’s never heard it. Getting words out of your head to paper sometimes feels like constipation. No matter how hard you think, you just can’t get it out. Sorry for the disgusting description but that’s how it feels like.

You can either like the sound of someone singing voice or the way they talk. Sometimes the voice and the look of a person doesn’t match. There are people’s voices I don’t like. They might sound sexy or suiting but their looks are nothing special. Not forgetting their personality. Looks has nothing to do with it but I wouldn’t want to listen to them all my life. When you listen to the radio you don’t know how the DJ looks like so you get your own image in your mind. If you see them in real life, you either get disappointed or glad you really did imagine it right. You would think people who talk too much, love their voices. Why would they keep talking, if they didn’t. Sometimes radio DJ’s talk too much instead of playing music. That must be the reason why they work in radio, love of the sound of their own voices.

A singing voice and a talking voice can sound different but sometimes you can imagine how someone singing voice is like. If they can sing at all, is a different matter. I’ve never heard James Blunt talk but I don’t think he sounds like the way he sings. A singing voice can be changed during a song. That’s what Michael Jackson did best. He could both sing high and low. Even Mariah Carey can use her voice in different scales. I like male singers the best. There are all so different so I wouldn’t know who’s singing voices I like the best. Something that sound pleasant in my ears. I can say James Blunt is not one of them. I can’t stand it. As soon I hear his music on the radio, I change the channel. Any male artist that sing like a girl, is not my cup of tea. Singing in scale is different but if you sing in falsetto all the time and you’re male, then no thank you.

As a female I pay attention to male voices and it’s just a bonus if they talk in accent. I’ve listened to this guy’s audio’s (won’t say what kind nor his name) and what he does to me with his voice, its uncanny. Not even Tom Hiddleston’s or Lee Pace’s voices has had the same effect on me. Maybe because you never hear them talk other times than in interviews and things like that. It’s not about how you say it, it’s about what you say. They could read the TV guide and I still would feel weak. The same with the guy. I don’t know how he looks like which is the general idea with these audio’s. They’re all positive and the point is for people to feel good no matter what or who they are. If only men in general would know how to treat others with the same respect like he does. Good men really are hard to find. Even harder someone with a pleasant voice.

I wonder if it’s possible to fall in love with someone by only hearing the sound of their voice? Fall in love with a voice can happen but falling in love with the person, I don’t know. A voice can deceive too. It’s the personality that counts in the end and how people treat you. Either way, the sound of someone’s voice is matter of taste and we can’t argue about that, can we?