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Poll: Have you ever written literature in a foreign language?
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Lori Cirefice  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 09:02
French to English
Yes... Apr 3, 2008

Some short stories, and it was fun to do.

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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Portuguese to English
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Yes, more than once... Apr 3, 2008

I have written song lyrics and poetry in Portuguese....does that count?

Amy


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neilmac
Spain
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Spanish to English
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A couple of poems Apr 3, 2008

... in French when I was at university. Not very great, as I insisted on making the words fit in with a rumpty-tumpty English type meter, which meant I had to alter the meaning and change the words to fit the rhythm. An interesting exercise, if somewhat pointless. Actually now that I think about it, it was more like a limerick meter... you know, like: "There was a young man from Iran, and he ran and he ran and he ran ..."
I reckon I'm better off sticking to what I do best and leave the arty stuff to the creatives out there

[Edited at 2008-04-03 16:31]


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Alexandra Speirs  Identity Verified
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Italian to English
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only for fun Apr 3, 2008

I answered no because I don't consider my miserable efforts "literature".
I was doing an interpreting job at the Fiera (sitting around waiting for foreign visitors) and filled in the time writing "nonsense prose poems" inspired by the various tractors and things I saw around me.....
I only wrote them in Italian so that I could compare my "compositions" with those of my Croatian colleague!

No way will anything of mine ever be published, I'm afraid.


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Oleg Rudavin  Identity Verified
Ukraine
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English to Ukrainian
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I did Apr 3, 2008

proz.com/books - the EN version was authored, not translated

Does it count as 'literature'?

Cheers,
Oleg


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Cristina Heraud-van Tol  Identity Verified
Peru
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English to Spanish
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Yes Apr 3, 2008

Some poems in English when I was at school. I won prizes too. I could do it nowadays, but I need inspiration and... time!

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Parrot  Identity Verified
Spain
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Member (2002)
Spanish to English
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Does my PhD thesis count? Apr 3, 2008

It wasn't published, but I've done scholarly articles as well.

What I hated about it was afterwards, when no one realized the language should've been foreign to me. They just took it for granted


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M. Anna Kańduła  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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English to Polish
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3 out of 5 Apr 3, 2008

of my books, which were published, are in foreign language. Plus many not published works.


Anni


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KathyT  Identity Verified
Australia
Local time: 19:02
Japanese to English
I answered no, but... Apr 4, 2008

...now that I think about it, I did have a short article (written in Spanish) published in El Mercurio, a newspaper in Santiago, when I lived in Chile.
Does that count as literature?


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xxxPeter Manda
Local time: 03:02
German to English
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I don't write in just one language Apr 4, 2008

I write poetry and short stories. But I don't stick to one language. If the thought is in Japanese, it's in Japanese. If the thought is in German ...; well you get the idea. That makes my work unpublishable. Which is probably just as well good as it is. The idea that I should write something that is not true to my reality or that I should write something that would be convenient for translators to translate rather than as something that reflects the art just doesn't appeal to me. ...

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Hilary Davies Shelby
United States
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German to English
Define "literature" ;-)) Apr 4, 2008

My dissertations were in my two foreign languages, but I would hardly call them "literature"!

I'm very impressed by all these talented people who write poetry in their foreign languages!


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Kathryn Litherland  Identity Verified
United States
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Spanish to English
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awful love poems Apr 4, 2008

I'm pretty sure I penned a few of these on a couple of occasions, but it's too much of a stretch to call them "literature."

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Nikki Graham  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 08:02
Partial member (2003)
Spanish to English
Love poems Apr 4, 2008

Kathryn Litherland wrote:

awful love poems

I'm pretty sure I penned a few of these on a couple of occasions, but it's too much of a stretch to call them "literature."


I answered no, but now that you mention it, I remember writing a couple of these too.

How embarrassing. Actually, looking back now, it's the ones I didn't write poems about that really mattered!

[Edited at 2008-04-04 16:41]


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Define "literature"! Apr 5, 2008

I have written quite a few articles for publication in my two foreign languages. I started writing my own articles when I was confronted with a translation of something I wrote that totally missed the point. It was as if the acCENT was on the wrong syLABle all the way through. I just pray that I never have done. or will do, that to an author's work!!

I'd rather have my translation sound a little quaint or "foreign" than see it distorted by a translator who didn't understand what I was trying to say.


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