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My friend Will Carlough created this website called Translation Party where you type a phrase in, and then it translates it back and forth into Japanese and English until it finds a version of the phrase that's identical in both languages.
It's tons of time-wasting fun. Example, the first two paragraphs of the Gettysburg Address become:
Before our ancestors and the score function, the annual fair has been created under the leadership of the continent. Civil war and now is a big country, other countries or individuals, can withstand long-term test.
So let's have some fun and do a contest! HERE'S THE DEAL:
(1) Below you will find ten famous lines from Shakespeare that have been run through TRANSLATION PARTY. No Shakespeare play is represented twice.
(2) Email parabasisnyc AT gmail DOT com with the play, speaker and original line for each one.
(3) Entries will be scored thusly: 1 point for play, 2 points for speaker, 3 points for correct line. So each question is worth a maximum of six points
(4) Whoever wins will get a book of their choice (maximum value of $20.00) from Powell's paid for by yours truly.
(5) In the event of a tie, we will have a tie breaker round consisting of five additional famous Shakespeare quotes.
(6) The deadling for entry is one week from today, Thursday August 13th.
Okay... here are the quotes, remember e-mail your answers, do not leave them in the comments (or else someone might crib your work!):
(1) "It is not necessary: Question: Sea, arm slings, especially the pain, the arrow, the patrician pain tis?"
(2) "May, cup, spread by a spider in the cup, the participants, and that is poison to my knowledge, the infection can not be started:"
(3) "Front of me, or I complete this process, or to obtain information, or have a knife? Come, let me clutch thee. But it has not been scheduled, please see me. Vision, Takashi Akira fatal?"
(4) "Death of the life of your life, using a fake fake fake gold. My Sav'd significant part, it is better to determine the value of my life."
(5) "Men and women, and his performance in the world is the last entry in the field of human behavior in all games."
(6) "Fear of the Jews? Terrorism, dimensions, senses, organs, as a synonym of the flock of the Church of love and passion is the same in the treatment of illness or injury, the same weapon, cool, warm, summer and winter is Jewish food? ? ? ? ? ? ? If the bleeding, the first sound?"
(7) "Or! Mock meat, I feed of Maine is a green monster."
(8) "Currently, aviation, cars, death of my soul"
(9) "Please thoroughly understand your father. Corals are the bones of him. Could these pearls. However, dramatic changes have faded"
(10) "In the small world of his legs and feet, please observe the detection of dust."