Google translation enigma

My Tumblr friend, Mr. Sheeper, shared a page from a Japanese language website,  アンティーク アナスタシア  I am always happy to hear from him, as he has remained in Japan since the earthquake and nuclear aftermath. In English, the website name is Antiques Anastasia. The focal point is a lovely 18 kt gold slide pendant, in a style evocative of 19th century France.

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The original webpage metadata is リュフォニー作 天の元后 レジナ・チェリ 金無垢ペンダント フランス製アンティーク or Pendant of antique gold: Celi Regina, which means “Queen of Heaven”.

This is religious jewelry. The page includes narrative as well as photographs for context. So far, so good.

Original text, prior to Google Translate, side-by-side Latin and Japanese:

Regina Caeli, laetare, Alleluia,
Quia quem Meruisti Partare, Alleluia,
Resurrexit, sicut dixit, Alleluia.
Ora pro nobis Deum, Alleluia.

After Google Translate, Japanese to English, side-by-side Latin and English: 

Regina Caeli, laetare, Alleluia, Quia quem Meruisti Partare, Alleluia,

Resurrexit, sicut dixit, Alleluia.

Ora pro nobis Deum, Alleluia.

By Queen of heaven, joy to feed. Hallelujah. The feed is allowed to give birth to the Son to go through Onmi, Hallelujah.

Reside sag as if to supply helicopters to supply Su noon language itself. Hallelujah.

We have to pray to God for feeding. Hallelujah.

I find no fault with the Antiques Anastasia website.

Google machine translation is still in need of fine-tuning. Admittedly, this is a particularly challenging situation. It includes Latin and Japanese on a single page, and in a stylized usage, as prayer. The Latin text seems to have survived, intact and unscathed. Regarding the translation… helicopters?


I highly recommend a visit to Mr. Sheeper’s tumblr. This was especially pleasant, a lovely audio-only recording of Arcangello Corelli: Sonata da Chiesa a trè No.9 in G major for two violins, cello, organ and perhaps an oboe.


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