I love Google. They are my investors in Fon. Having said this, I don´t understand why the translation tools of Google are so much worse than those of Yahoo. Especially in English to German. During this vacation I started learning German with my girlfriend Nina, and I was trying to “cheat” by using the Google translation tools to do my “homework.” It did not work. But now that I use Babelfish of Yahoo I sound much better. The problem is that I went from sounding absurd to sounding “too good to be true.”

Have you heard of the test in which you had to guess if you are talking to a computer or a person? Well, that tests fails with Google Translator but it frequently passes with Babelfish. Try this simple sentence: I like to fish in the ocean. Yahoo gets that ‘to fish’ is a verb, Google doesn´t.

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