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PostPosted: Fri 22 Jul, 2005 9:15 am    Post subject: discrepancies between English and French google.ca Reply with quote

There are discrepancies between English and French news.google.ca

Take a look at the headlines:

French:
http://news.google.ca/nwshp?hl=fr
English:
http://news.google.ca/news?ned=ca

Today on the French version of news.google.ca, there is a story on recent violence in Iraq, including two Algerian diplomats removed(??) kidnapped(???) in Bagdad on Thursday. One of the links is to Radio-Canada (French CBC), which has a story on it.

However, in the English version of news.google.ca, there is no mention of the story in Iraq. I took a look at CBC (English) (http://www.cbc.ca/news/) and there appears to be nothing about Iraq there in today's headlines.

Note that the "Canada" sections are markedly different between the French and English versions too.

Is it any wonder that there are communication problems between English and French Canadians? (and I'm not talking about the language barrier)


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PostPosted: Fri 22 Jul, 2005 6:15 pm    Post subject: Re: discrepancies between English and French google.ca Reply with quote

llizard wrote:
There are discrepancies between English and French news.google.ca



Hmm, totally different.

I guess it depends on what newspapers they are culling. The French version is probably culling from French-language newspapers and vice versa. I don't think Google does any translations for their News gathering.

It's not totally controlled by language though. If it was, New Zealand and Canadian English would have the same news, but they don't.

Very interesting....

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PostPosted: Sat 23 Jul, 2005 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I find it quite fascinating. France, Suisse, Canada Francais all have slightly different headlines. And as you pointed out, blm, the English headlines are different depending on which English speaking country is chosen.

I love that the Australian source today for the latest London bombing story is a Calcutta newspaper!

Google rocks. What a great resource!


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