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Rules for Translating Divided Sentence in Subtitles
Thread poster: Di Wu
Di Wu  Identity Verified
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Mar 6, 2007

When translating subtitles, the sentences are sometimes broken by commas and become two or morel lines. When translating into Chinese, it poses a unique challenge because the grammar of the Chinese language is so different. What is the first half of an English sentence is sometime the second half of the Chinese sentence. How should I handle this kind of situation?

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Wenjer Leuschel  Identity Verified
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It all depends on the concrete situation. Mar 6, 2007

Di Wu wrote:

When translating subtitles, the sentences are sometimes broken by commas and become two or morel lines. When translating into Chinese, it poses a unique challenge because the grammar of the Chinese language is so different. What is the first half of an English sentence is sometime the second half of the Chinese sentence. How should I handle this kind of situation?


Hi Di Wu,

Subtitle translation is sometime not easy. However, there is always a way to solve the problem. It all depends on the concrete situation.

I have been translating subtitle since 7 years. There are really a lot of tricks to break a dialogue into lines and frames. The most important is to fit the fragments right into the time frames provided by the dialogue situation. To explain this, we need examples, real situations.

When I have some time, I will look for examples in the subtitles I have done before. I do believe that they are easily to be found.

However, it would be nice if you please provide us some examples which you encountered.


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