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Old 18 March 2016, 05:29 PM
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Default Trudeau speech gets lost in translation at White House to gibberish

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2...gibberish.html

"ABC News attempt to translate the Prime Minister of Canada’s remarks in French produce some wacky results."
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Old 18 March 2016, 05:34 PM
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I guess Thamsanqa Jantjie is working for ABC now.
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Old 18 March 2016, 05:41 PM
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It must be hard to translate an obscure language like French into English. I mean, they have separate genders for their words and all. How do you handle that?

(I must admit that I did get about a C+ average in French in junior high.)
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Old 18 March 2016, 05:44 PM
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They can't be bothered to link the video? I actually wanted to hear what he said.

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Old 18 March 2016, 08:11 PM
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Clearly he was reciting Christmas Carols after running through Google Translate. Must be a Sekrit Snopester.
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Old 18 March 2016, 08:14 PM
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The translator was using an iPhone and forgot to turn off autocorrect.
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Old 18 March 2016, 08:46 PM
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I haven't watched the video--is it possible that the automatic closed-captioning (that's with a d at the end; it isn't close-captioning, OP article writer) was not set up to translate at all? In other words, it was phonetically trying to recognize English words when the input it was getting was French words? Just looking at the output, that seems likely to me.
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Old 18 March 2016, 08:54 PM
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I don't think this was closed captioning, but English subtitles in the normal broadcast.
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Old 18 March 2016, 11:37 PM
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LnjdfpiFS8

Also, there are a few screen caps here that I don't think are in the OP.
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Old 18 March 2016, 11:45 PM
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I think its a voice to text working off a combination of Trudeau and the verbal translator. You can see this in that before the translator starts it looks like English homonyms, but right as the translator begins, when Trudeau is silent for a pause, the text is exactly right for what the translator is saying.
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Old 18 March 2016, 11:48 PM
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I read it as closed captioning that was set to English rather than set to French to translate to English. And that was definitely what it seemed to be from the video, too.
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Old 19 March 2016, 12:32 AM
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Now that I've seen the video I think Beachlife!'s probably right. I had mistakenly assumed Trudeau was speaking French with subtitles in the broadcast providing an English translation earlier. I didn't realize Trudeau and a French translator were speaking at the same time.
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Old 19 March 2016, 05:56 AM
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I don't think this was closed captioning, but English subtitles in the normal broadcast.
You're right. They were open, not closed captions. But my point was that it was automated captioning.
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I guess Thamsanqa Jantjie is working for ABC now.
Ugh. This guy is never going to go away. I still have people asking me about him.
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