Google Translate has been found to be inconsistent between languages ââfor emergency room exit instructions, according to a March 5 study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
The study asked 20 native speakers to rate 400 frequently used emergency exit instructions in seven common languages: Chinese, Armenian, Korean, Farsi, Spanish, Vietnamese and Tagalog.
Here are four things to know:
1. Google Translate’s statements were 94% accurate when translated into Spanish, the highest of any language tested.
2. When translated into Armenian, 55% of the statements were correct, the lowest of all the languages ââtested.
“You can take over-the-counter ibuprofen as needed for pain relief,” was translated into Armenian as “You take as many anti-tank missiles as you need for pain.”
3. Chinese translations, including Cantonese and Mandarin, were accurate 81.7% of the time. Volunteers mentioned the differences between traditional and modern Chinese writing systems and the potential damage they can cause.
4. Tagalog had an accuracy rate of 90%, Vietnamese 77.5%, Korean 82.5%, and Farsi 67.5%.
To read the full report, click here.
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