VDV recruiting video

« previous post | next post »

A 15-year-old recruiting video for the Russian Airborne Forces (VDV), updated with amusing fake English subtitles:

A longer version, but with low-level audio for some reason, is here.

The original — turn on (English) subtitles for some additional (unintended?) ASR humor:


  1. Gregory Kusnick said,

    March 4, 2022 @ 7:31 pm

    Some of those recruits look like 15-year-olds.

  2. Rob Grayson said,

    March 4, 2022 @ 11:22 pm

    Bunny is drinking with oil
    Pasta negotiation for ICU

    Rather be merely Barack Obama
    Slavic is also chesty koala

    I never knew automatically translated YouTube subtitles could be such a blast.

    [(myl) I'm pretty sure YouTube is not trying to recognize Russian and then translating to English subtitles — instead it's just trying to recognize the Russian as English. Which is a bit odd, since Language ID technology is probably good enough to know that the language is Russian, and certainly good enough to know that it's not English…]

  3. AlexB said,

    March 5, 2022 @ 3:00 am

    Park Bom showing up in the subtitles was quite a surprise.

  4. Rob Grayson said,

    March 5, 2022 @ 8:58 am

    @myl: You're right, of course. No translation involved: the system is simply trying to transliterate from Russian into English, with hilarious results.

    That's what I get for trying to comment intelligently at 4:22 a.m. after hardly any sleep.

  5. Arthur Baker said,

    March 5, 2022 @ 10:42 pm

    "Slavic is also chesty koala". Tremendous topic for a PhD thesis. I live in Sydney, so you can bet I'll be contacting the Linguistics departments of our local universities first thing Monday morning.

  6. KWillets said,

    March 7, 2022 @ 2:35 pm

    The random subtitles are a phenomenon across many Youtube videos. A lot of Korean content that I watch shows subtitles in Hangul, but gets the recognition totally wrong; the output resembles a random sequence of Hangul and English syllables.

    It's amusing, but also a disservice to the hearing-impaired.

RSS feed for comments on this post