Best wishes to all for health and happiness in 2014 and beyond

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Google Translate

Yep.

Google Translate.

When I was in high school in Kingsville, Texas, (way down South) back in 1970-73, our core curriculum required that we take two semesters of a foreign language. I think our choices were pretty limited, something like French, German, Spanish, Greek, Italian, and Latin. I didn’t see myself going to France, Germany, Greece, or Italy anytime soon, so those were out. I knew Latin from Catholic mass……. :)………. Actually, I had an English/Latin missal so I could follow in English what Monsignor was saying in Latin. A lot of work. Maybe that’s what turned me off of religions………. Nope. That’s not it……… 🙂

Many of my friends spoke not only Spanish but English as well. I wanted to learn Spanish and be able to talk to them. Spanish it was….

Ha! In high school I was an honors student, and I made only two grades lower than a B+. Those two grades were in Spanish, and they were C’s. I was devastated. Fortunately, the important parts of Spanish have remained stuck in my brain for these past 41 years:

Para estudiar in la biblioteca.—My answer to my wise old grandmother when she would ask, “Where are you going?”

Uno mas cerveza, por favor.—Very important since I live just 11 miles north of the Mexican border.

Uno mas grandé raspberry remolino, por favor.—Used when I go to happy hour at On The Border.

Without Google Translate I never would have been able to actually read great blogs by great folks living in great countries written in, uh, something other than English. Google Translate lets me know within seconds just exactly what that “something other than English” is. So for all my great blogging friends in foreign countries, the following is for you.

For those of you who want to follow along, the languages used for the following sentences are, in order, shown here:

Google Translate choices

Beste wense aan jou en joune vir gesondheid en geluk in 2014 en daarna.

Urimet më të mira për ju dhe tuajat për shëndet dhe lumturi në vitin 2014 dhe më gjerë.

أطيب التمنيات لكم ولكم من أجل الصحة والسعادة في عام 2014 وما بعده.

Լավագույն մաղթանքները Ձեզ եւ ձերն առողջության եւ երջանկության 2014 եւ դրանից դուրս:

Sizə və 2014 və kənarda sağlamlıq və xoşbəxtlik üçün sizin ən xoş arzularımı.

Best nahiak duzu eta osasuna eta zoriona zurea 2014 eta haratago ere.

З найлепшымі пажаданнямі да вас і вашым для здароўя і шчасця ў 2014 і ў наступныя гады.

আপনি এবং 2014 এবং তার পরেও মধ্যে স্বাস্থ্য এবং সুখ জন্য খুঁজেছেন প্রাণঢালা শুভেচ্ছা.

Najbolje želje da tebi i tvojima za zdravlje i sreću u 2014 i šire.

Най-добри пожелания за вас и ваш за здраве и щастие през 2014 г. и след това.

Els meus millors desitjos per a vostè i els seus per a la salut i la felicitat en l’any 2014 i més enllà.

Best mga pangandoy kanimo ug sa imong alang sa panglawas ug kalipay sa 2014 ug sa unahan.

祝愿您和在2014年及以后为你的健康和幸福。

祝愿您和在2014年及以後為你的健康和幸福。

Najljepše želje tebi i tvojima za zdravlje i sreću u 2014 i izvan nje.

S přáním všeho nejlepšího pro vás a vaše pro zdraví a štěstí v roce 2014 a dále.

Bedste ønsker til dig og din for sundhed og lykke i 2014 og videre frem.

Beste wensen aan u en de uwen voor gezondheid en geluk in 2014 en verder.

Best wishes to you and yours for health and happiness in 2014 and beyond.

Bondezirojn al vi kaj via sano kaj feliĉo en 2014 kaj tie.

Parimad soovid teile ja teie tervisele ja õnnele 2014 ja pärast seda.

Lubos na bumabati sa iyo at sa iyo para sa kalusugan at kaligayahan sa 2014 at higit pa.

Onnea sinulle ja sinun terveyttä ja onnea vuonna 2014 ja sen jälkeen.

Meilleurs voeux à vous et les vôtres pour la santé et le bonheur en 2014 et au-delà.

Moitas felicidades para ti e os seus para a saúde e felicidade en 2014 e alén.

საუკეთესო სურვილები თქვენ და თქვენი ჯანმრთელობისა და ბედნიერება 2014 წელს და მის ფარგლებს გარეთ.

Beste Wünsche für Sie und Ihre Gesundheit und Glück für 2014 und darüber hinaus.

Τις καλύτερες ευχές μου σε σας και δικοί σας για την υγεία και την ευτυχία το 2014 και πέρα​​.

તમે અને 2014 અને બહાર માં આરોગ્ય અને સુખ માટે તમારામાં શ્રેષ્ઠ શુભેચ્છાઓ.

Nou voye meyè souwè pou ou ak pou ou pou sante ak kontantman nan 2014 ak apre.

Buri mafi kyau a gare ka da kuma ga naku da kiwon lafiya da farin ciki a cikin 2014, kuma bayan.

איחוליי לך ושלך לבריאות ואושר ב2014 ומעבר לו.

आप और 2014 और परे में स्वास्थ्य और खुशी के लिए तुम्हारा के लिए शुभकामनाएं.

Qhov zoo tshaj plaws xav li cas rau koj thiab koj li kev noj qab haus huv thiab kev zoo siab nyob rau hauv 2014 thiab tshaj.

Üdvözlettel neked és a tiéd az egészség és a boldogság 2014-ben és azon túl.

Bestu kveðjur til þín og ræða um heilsu og hamingju í 2014 og víðar.

Echiche kacha mma gị na nke gị n’ihi na ike na-enweta obi ụtọ 2014 gabazie.

Terbaik ingin Anda dan Anda untuk kesehatan dan kebahagiaan pada tahun 2014 dan seterusnya.

Ádh mór oraibhse agus mise do shláinte agus sonas i 2014 agus ina dhiaidh.

Auguri a voi e la vostra per la salute e la felicità nel 2014 e oltre.

あなたと2014年以降の健康と幸福のためにあなたの最高の願い。

Best wishes kanggo sampeyan lan kagungan kanggo kasarasan lan begja ing 2014 lan ngluwihi.

ನೀವು ಮತ್ತು 2014 ಮತ್ತು ಮೀರಿ ಆರೋಗ್ಯ ಮತ್ತು ಸಂತೋಷ ನಿಮ್ಮದಕ್ಕೆ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳನ್ನು.

​បំណងប្រាថ្នា​ដ៏ល្អបំផុតដើម្បី​អ្នកនិង​សម្រាប់សុខភាព​របស់អ្នក​និងសុភមង្គល​នៅឆ្នាំ 2014 និងលើសពីនេះ​។

당신과 2014 년 이후의 건강과 행복을위한 당신의 최고의 소원.

​ຄວາມປາດຖະຫນາ​ທີ່ດີທີ່ສຸດ​ກັບທ່ານ​ແລະ​ຂອງທ່ານສໍາລັບ​ສຸຂະພາບ​ແລະຄວາມສຸກໃນ​ປີ 2014 ແລະກາຍ.

Vota tua salute et felicitate in MMXIV tibi et ultra.

Vislabākos novēlējumus jums un jūsu veselībai un laimi 2014 un ārpus tās.

Geriausi linkėjimai jums ir jūsų sveikatos ir laimės 2014 ir vėlesniais metais.

Најдобри желби до вас и твое за здравје и среќа во 2014 година и пошироко.

Best ingin anda dan anda untuk kesihatan dan kebahagiaan pada tahun 2014 dan seterusnya.

L-isbaħ xewqat lilek u tiegħek għas-saħħa u l-kuntentizza fl-2014 u lil hinn.

Best hiahia ki a koe, me koutou hoki te hauora me te oaoa i roto i te 2014 me te ki tua atu.

आपण आणि 2014 आणि पलीकडे आरोग्य आणि आनंद घ्या साइटशी सर्वोत्तम शुभेच्छा.

Та нар, 2014 болон бусад эрүүл мэнд, аз жаргалын төлөө та нарынхаас нь амжилт хүсье.

तपाईं र 2014 र परे स्वास्थ्य र आनन्द लागि तपाइँको को लागि शुभकामना।

De beste ønsker til deg og dine for helse og lykke i 2014 og utover.

بهترین آرزوها برای شما و شما برای سلامتی و شادی در سال 2014 و فراتر از آن.

Najlepsze życzenia dla Ciebie i dla twojego zdrowia i szczęścia w 2014 r. i później.

Muitas felicidades para você e os seus para a saúde e felicidade em 2014 e além.

ਤੁਹਾਨੂੰ ਅਤੇ 2014 ਅਤੇ ਪਰੇ ਵਿਚ ਸਿਹਤ ਅਤੇ ਖ਼ੁਸ਼ੀ ਲਈ ਤੇਰਾ ਤੱਕ ਬੇਹਤਰੀਨ ਵਧਾਈ.

Cele mai bune urări pentru tine si a ta pentru sănătate și fericire în 2014 și dincolo.

С наилучшими пожеланиями к вам и вашим для здоровья и счастья в 2014 и в последующие годы.

Најбоље жеље за вас и ваше здравље и за срећу у 2014 и даље.

S prianím všetkého najlepšieho pre vás a vaše pre zdravie a šťastie v roku 2014 a ďalej.

Najlepše želje za vas in za tvoje zdravje in srečo leta 2014 in po njem.

Best rabitaanka aad iyo adigaa iska leh, waayo caafimaad iyo farxad in 2014 iyo wixii ka dambeeya in ay.

Mis mejores deseos para usted y los suyos para la salud y la felicidad en el año 2014 y más allá.

Bora anataka wewe na wako kwa afya na furaha katika 2014 na zaidi.

Hälsningar till dig och de dina för hälsa och lycka i 2014 och därefter.

நீங்கள் மற்றும் 2014 மற்றும் அப்பால் உள்ள சுகாதார மற்றும் மகிழ்ச்சியை உன் வாழ்த்துக்கள்.

మీరు మరియు 2014 మరియు దాటి లో ఆరోగ్య మరియు ఆనందం కోసం మీదే శుభాకాంక్షలు.

ด้วยความปรารถนาดีให้กับคุณและคุณสำหรับสุขภาพและความสุขในปี 2014 และเกินกว่า

Size ve 2014 ve ötesinde sağlık ve mutluluğu için sizin için en iyi dileklerimle.

З найкращими побажаннями до вас і ваших для здоров’я і щастя в 2014 і в наступні роки.

آپ اور 2014 اور اس سے آگے میں صحت اور خوشی کے لئے آپ سے نیک خواہشات.

Lời chúc tốt nhất cho bạn và bạn cho sức khỏe và hạnh phúc trong năm 2014 và xa hơn nữa.

Dymuniadau gorau i chi a chi ar gyfer iechyd a hapusrwydd yn 2014 a thu hwnt.

בעסטער וויל צו איר און דייַן פֿאַר געזונט און גליק אין 2014 און ווייַטער פון.

Ti o dara ju on iba feran lopo lopo si o ati awọn tirẹ ni fun ilera ati idunu ni 2014 ati ki o kọja.

Nginifisela okuhle kuwe kanye neyakho impilo nenjabulo 2014 nangale.

Happy New Year!

See y’all around the blogosphere!

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33 thoughts on “Best wishes to all for health and happiness in 2014 and beyond

  1. colltales

    Thanks, Ray, to you too. But a word of caution about the Google Translate is in order: it’s far from perfect and, at times, it’s worryingly dangerous of causing terrible misunderstandings. In other words, it’s always better to learn the language, or having someone who knows it, translate it for you. But, in this age of rushed desires and immediate satisfactions, one has to admit: this is something that one day may bring people closer, so it’s potentially a very good thing,. All the best to you. Wesley

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Yep. I’ve already discovered its inconsistencies and mistranslations. However, I think that “one day may bring people closer” is already here. Otherwise, I would not know a thousand of my blogging friends!

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  2. tinapumfrey

    I agree, Google Translate is a great thing. So many of my students couldn’t figure out how I knew they had used it to complete their French writing assignments, which I found amusing. The perfect use of verb tenses they hadn’t studied yet tended to give them away.

    Happy 2014 to you and Zoey!

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      1. tinapumfrey

        The funny part for me would be sitting down with my students and looking at the mistranslations together, because quite a few of them didn’t take the time to look at it that carefully. I did enjoy your demonstration of what Google Tranlsate does, and I have used it to look at websites that I would never have understood otherwise–I agree that it is truly useful.

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  3. KDKH

    Thanks – very timely . I wanted to read a follower ‘s blog, but resorted to looking at photos only when I realized it was in Greek. A rough translation is enough. I’ll give google translate a try!

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  4. DoRo

    Frohes Neues Jahr to you Russel!

    I use google translate to see if my spelling in Greek or French is correct. And like you to see what the texts of other bloggers mean. At least it gives us a pretty good idea of what they mean, though the translations are not perfect. I love how they rewrite an unknown slang or expression by adding an “s” or “ing” at the end.

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  5. angelswhisper2011

    The Dutch translation is very old fashioned, Russel and not very correct either. Doesn’t matter, I know 😉 My English isn’t what it should be either,..lol…
    Anyway I wish you and your family
    “De beste wensen voor een gezond en Gelukkig Nieuwjaar.” And for Zoey TCC Extra Pawkisses 🙂

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