Adventures in Mistranslation – BCM320


For my digital artefact, I wanted to translate a piece of Japanese. As someone with very little experience ever learning another language and having zero knowledge about the Japanese language before I began this project I found it very difficult. I challenged myself to translate this page without the help of the internet, only using books to help me. After I finished I compared the results to Google Translates’ version, and then to the official translation.

As outlined in a previous post Ellis describes many different types of autoethnography, but for my project, I decided on having a ‘layered account’ that would ‘focus on the author’s experience alongside data, abstract analysis, and relevant literature.’ As you see in my video, all three versions of the final translation varied and varied quite a lot in some cases. I decided to do a bit of research about Google Translation, I found a

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