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Google humiliated Lithuanians

October 8 2008

Grandiose scandal turned the presentation of new services Google. The new version of Google Translate translation service added a few new languages, including Ukrainian, Hebrew, Latvian, Lithuanian, Serbian, Slovak, Indonesian and Vietnamese. However, it turned out, the electronic translator with the Lithuanian obviously feels sympathy for Russia.

For example, writes site Delfi , the proposal "Vilnius yra Lietuvos sostinė" (ie, Vilnius - the capital of Lithuania) translates as "Riga is the capital of Lithuania". Another option is no less irritating "Aš esu Lietuvis (I - Lithuanian), Google translates to English as" I am Russian ". However, if the Lithuanian text the word" Lietuvis "written with a lowercase letter, the translation is correct.

A further proposal is not only confuses the Lithuanians and Poles, but also with the Russian. "Lietuvos sostinė lenkiškai - Wilno, o lietuviškai mūsų sostinė - Vilnius. Vilniaus mieste gyvena daugiausia lietuvių tautybės gyventojai" (Name the capital of Lithuania in Polish - Vilnius, in Lithuanian and our capital is called Vilnius. In Vilnius, for the most part living residents of the Lithuanian national ) into Google's translation into English it would be "Polish capital of Lithuania - Wilno, and our Polish capital - Warsaw. Vilnius city is mostly populated by ethnic Russian population".

Meanwhile, as experts offer options for early correction of errors, end users believe that we are talking about some kind of misunderstanding and deliberate provocation.

The fact that one of the founders of Google is an American of Russian descent Sergey Brin, who emigrated to the U.S. from the Soviet Union in 1979, but has not lost connection with their homeland. Given also the scandalous situation with the position of Russian in the Baltics, it is believed that the way Google decided to punish the Lithuanians.

Arina Semenova


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