In English-speaking countries around the world, the first day of April is recognized as a time to play pranks on your friends, neighbours and colleagues. Even big companies take part in April Fool’s Day fun and play pranks on us. Here are a few of our favourite translation-related pranks:

  • In 2009, Google Translate claimed they had created an app that could translate what your pets were saying to you. It would translate all kinds of animal sounds such as meows and barks.
  • In 2013, Twitter announced it was moving to a two-tiered service with basic accounts being free, but only being able to tweet with consonants, and a new premium level that included the use of vowels for $5 per month.
  • In 2016, the language-learning app Duolingo, said they had created $99 Spanish, Italian, Japanese and French pillows that could help you learn a language overnight. You could wake up bilingual!
  • In 2016, the website for the newspaper in Burlington, Vermont reported that it had added a new option under “select language” – the ability to translate articles into “emoji.”

Watch out for April Fool’s Day pranks today!