The Playlist | Google Translate Sings

I’m doing a different sort of selection for today’s addition to the playlist.

There’s this amazing channel on Youtube run by Malinda Kathleen Reese. She does a series of covers of famous songs, but with a twist: she outs the lyrics through Google translate.

For example, she could take the song (let’s hypothetically pick a pretty famous song), “Let It Go” and enter its English lyrics into Google Translate. The lyrics are then translated to Spanish, Croatian, Japanese, French, etcetera, and then finally back to English.

The result is…interesting.

And she calls it “Google Translate Sings”—and it is brilliant.

I could go on about how this is a cautionary tale about reliance on computers and modern technology, and the obvious flaws that cannot overcome because of culture.

But what’s interesting is how the lyrics are altered and what is preserved. It really reveals language, especially English.

For example, “Let it go” get’s turned into “Give up”–which is essentially the opposite of what the song is trying to say, since it’s a song about liberation.

Now on the off chance that you are completely sick of Frozen music, in particular “Let it Go” and completely skipped the video above despite the altered lyrics, here’s another disney favourite, “parodied” by Google Translate, “Colours of the Wind” from Pocahontas.

Seriously. Click on it. The ending is worth it.

Did you like Google Translate Sings? Have music you think should be on The Playlist? Leave a comment below!


2 thoughts on “The Playlist | Google Translate Sings”

  1. I love the Google Translate Sings series, too! I love watching how the way the language works – I can almost see how the lyrics got to be so mangled, it’s amazing! Other times though, I just have to laugh because it is so silly and different!


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