Translating letter grades indicating quality
Thread poster: Lynda Tharratt

Lynda Tharratt  Identity Verified
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May 24, 2006

I would like to know what format other translators are using for the translation of letter grades (in this case indicating quality)

For example: Throughout the text, the letter grade "B" has been given to indicate "Bien". The legend at the bottom of the table says B = Bien.
Would you change all the Bs in the table to Gs and then put in the legend G=Good or would you leave the Bs and indicate in the legend B = Good. I have been doing the latter but it's something I've wondered about.
Any thoughts?


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Erika Pavelka  Identity Verified
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Your second suggestion May 24, 2006

I would leave all the letter grades as is and translate the meaning in the legend. However, depending on space, I might write either:

B = good

OR

B = bien (good)

I would not change the letters.

Hope that helps!


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NancyLynn
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Agree with Erika May 24, 2006

I would translate the legend thusly: "B = bien (good)".

Nancy


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Lynda Tharratt  Identity Verified
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thanks for your replies May 24, 2006

Your replies confirm what I was already thinking and I have always done this for educational documents. I had just wondered whether this would be more confusing to the end reader, in this case on a report which includes different headings, say:
durability strength weight resistance
xxx steel beams B B B
xyx steel beams E E E
xyc steel beams E B E

E = excelente (excellent)
B = bien (good)

This is just a made-up example but I think you get my point.
What would you do in this case?


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Momoka  Identity Verified
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No letters or legends May 25, 2006

If they are not absolutely necessary, I would leave letters and legends out and write the whole words throughout the text; at least that way would be easier to read and understand, at least to me.

Something like

Durability Strength
xxxsteel Good Good

My humble opinion.


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