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Google Translator Toolkit

August 28th, 2009 · No Comments

The Google Translator Toolkit is handy for small-scale stuff like blog posts, or at least I find it so. Here is a video presentation:

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Tags: Geekish · Language · Translating

I Can Do That

August 25th, 2009 · No Comments

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Tags: humour · Language · Translating

The Translator’s Lament

March 13th, 2009 · No Comments

Or “5000 Words,” by Sharon Neeman, bless her. So, so true – if you don’t identify with it a hundred per cent, you’re not a real translator. Found via Beyond Words.

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Tags: Translating

Hokey Cokey Nonsense

January 5th, 2009 · No Comments

There’s a light-hearted discussion going on over at Language Log about the Hokey Cokey, provoked by the Telegraph digging up the old story about its lyrics being anti-Catholic (a distorsion of “the Latin “hoc est enim corpus meum” or “this is my body” used by Catholic priests to accompany the transubstantiation during mass,” says the […]

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Tags: Language · Translating

Liberal or Literal?

December 12th, 2008 · No Comments

Corinne McKay of Thoughts on Translation has touched a nerve with her post on “We just translate”…or do we?” Translators have two often contradictory goals: accuracy of translation, and quality of language. She gamely mentions failing two translation tests in a row for different agencies, one on the grounds that her translation was “too faithful […]

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Tags: Language · Translating