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Daily Archives: April 22, 2011

Translation Telephone

Remember playing telephone as a kid? You and your friends would sit around in a circle, the first kid would start it out by whispering a sentence or two into the next kid’s ear. The sentence would move around the circle until it arrived at the last person and, inevitably, the end result would be completely different (and often pretty funny) from what was initially said.

Now, with the help of Google Translate, a new site called Translation Telephone lets you simulate this experience online. You type in a phrase and click go and then watch as your sentence gets translated from language to language, until it finally gets translated back into English (see example below).

Ed Tech Ideas: This is a great site to not only have a little fun with your students, but also to show kids limitations of technology and prove to them that you can’t always trust everything you see online.

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