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|Russian to English translations [PRO]|
General / Conversation / Greetings / Letters
|Russian term or phrase: обратить внимание|
|ok, obviously I know what this means literally, but in my context the literal "pay/direct attention" doesn't work. I have a series of letters from orphans to Nadezhda Krupskaia (Lenin's widow) with various requests and complaints. I see this phrase over and over and don't have a satisfactory English variant. Thanks for any suggestions!|
Надежда Константиновна, мы просим вас обратить внимание на то, что нас бьют и оставляют без обеда
просим как старших товарищей, чтобы вы обратили внимание на ниженаписанные безобразия
Просим обратить внимание и устранить все безобразия
Просим вас обратить внимание на положение воспитанников колонии.
|you need to know, etc. (whatever's comfortable)|
You have to break free from "literal translation mode" in cases such as these. Translate the meaning of each sentence in a way that is comfortable to your English ear, not the individual words. For example, in the first sentence, you could say "N.K., you need to know that they are beating and starving us," or some other loose way of conveying the urgency of the matter. The second could perhaps be something like "As an old friend of mine, you need to know about the awful things going on, which I will tell you about in this letter." Definitely avoid neutral sounding phrases such as "call your attention to" or "please note". Convey the intent; convey the tone; convey the urgency.
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|Thanks! I'm still not sure what precisely I'm going to do, but conveying urgency is definitely the way to go.|
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