Tag Archives: slang

Can Google Translate Understand A Liverpool Accent?

Having been born and raised in Liverpool, I was interested and amused to read an article entitled, “Can Google Translate Understand A Liverpool Accent” (http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/feb/01/can-google-translate-understand-a-liverpool-accent). The experience of the Guardian columnist suggests that Google can not interpret Scouse (the unique Liverpool Dialect) employed by some Scousers. I must confess that I was unfamiliar with a number of the Scouse words, for example “jegging” (listening in to someone else’s conversation), consequently my understanding of my native city has been enhance by the above article.

Kevin

OMG Shakespeare!

OMG Shakespeare takes the original plays and retells them using text speak, emoticons and slang. I can’t see how one could translate the beautiful and moving “to be or not to be” speech in Hamlet and translate it into modern language or (worse) into slang or text speech. For the article please see, (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3121419/Yolo-Juliet-Macbeth-s-killingit-Academics-horrified-dumbing-Shakespeare-Bard-s-greatest-works-retold-EMOJI.html).