Japanese Assessment

I’ve had to hand in my final assessment for my Japanese evening class. We were to write a letter to a travel agent asking information on festivals:

I ran my letter through Babelfish, suffice it to say that my confidence in online translation and my own abbilities to formulate sentences in Japanese has been shattered.

Here is What I put in:

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Here is what Babel fish thought I wrote:

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And here is what I had intended to write:

Good afternoon Travel Agent (Person), pleased to meet you.

This summer I would like to come to Japan from August to October.

I would like to see some festivals, The Kyoto Gion Matsuri looks interesting. I want to see others festivals as well! What festivals do you recommend?

I want to hear traditional music, and I want to see Taiko (Drumming) group performance, it’s very interesting.

Thank you very much, please reply soon (Unsure of translation).

See you later, good bye.

I’m so going to fail…

I’d like to thank Babelfish, The Japanese Page, and JDict (A Japanese dictionary), as well as my lonely planet phrase book… Handled like a pro.

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