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Thread poster: Tom in London

Tom in London
United Kingdom
Local time: 17:50
Member (2008)
Italian to English
Jul 10, 2012

I've just received an email, via Proz, looking for a backward translator.

Are you backward enough to apply? I fear I may be too intelligent.


 

Giovanni Guarnieri MITI, MIL  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 17:50
Member (2004)
English to Italian
not stupid enough... Jul 10, 2012

there is another one asking for "forward" translators...

 

Natalie  Identity Verified
Poland
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Nothing stupid in back translations Jul 10, 2012

They are quite important, for example, in translation of medical questionnaires. I don't think it is ok to call "stupid" something with which we aren't acquainted with.

Natalia

P.S. Not everyone in the world is excellent in English. No reasons for laughing, imho.



[Edited at 2012-07-10 15:18 GMT]


 

Phil Hand  Identity Verified
China
Local time: 00:50
Chinese to English
On melborp! Jul 10, 2012

Sdrawkcab si yllaucta ym evitan egaugnal, ylno siht yllis etis t'now esingocer ti. Yletanutrof ym etar fo 1 dnuop rep drow si eht emas revewoh uoy kool ta ti.

 

Tom in London
United Kingdom
Local time: 17:50
Member (2008)
Italian to English
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Hilarious Jul 10, 2012

It's basic English to understand the meaning of the word "backward" but apparently some people don't.

[Edited at 2012-07-10 12:20 GMT]


 

Jennifer Forbes  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:50
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French to English
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Opportunity knocks Jul 10, 2012

Wow! I think I'll apply for both.
J


 

DLyons  Identity Verified
Ireland
Local time: 17:50
Spanish to English
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There's a website somewhere for doing this (really!) Jul 10, 2012

Phil Hand wrote:

Sdrawkcab si yllaucta ym evitan egaugnal, ylno siht yllis etis t'now esingocer ti. Yletanutrof ym etar fo 1 dnuop rep drow si eht emas revewoh uoy kool ta ti.


Tut, tut. There "yllaucta" a typo in there.


 

Stanislav Pokorny  Identity Verified
Czech Republic
Local time: 18:50
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Agree Jul 10, 2012

Natalie wrote:

They are quite important, for example, in translation of medical questionnaires. I don't think it is ok to call "stupid" something with which we aren't acquainted with.

Natalia


Done that too. Not that stupid in some fields.


 

Alex Lago  Identity Verified
Spain
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Missing the point Jul 10, 2012

Natalie wrote:

They are quite important, for example, in translation of medical questionnaires. I don't think it is ok to call "stupid" something with which we aren't acquainted with.

Natalia


I think you are missing the point, I'm sure Tom knows what a back translation is, what he's mentioned is the fact that instead of asking for a "translator to do a back translation" they are asking for a "backward translator" and these are two very different things


 

Tom in London
United Kingdom
Local time: 17:50
Member (2008)
Italian to English
TOPIC STARTER
YEs, and--- Jul 10, 2012

Alex Lago wrote:

sure Tom knows what a back translation is, what he's mentioned is the fact that instead of asking for a "translator to do a back translation" they are asking for a "backward translator" and these are two very different things [/quote]

Yes Alex, and I'm finding some of the responses quite amusingicon_smile.gif


 

Stanislav Pokorny  Identity Verified
Czech Republic
Local time: 18:50
English to Czech
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Oops Jul 10, 2012

Alex Lago wrote:

I think you are missing the point, I'm sure Tom knows what a back translation is, what he's mentioned is the fact that instead of asking for a "translator to do a back translation" they are asking for a "backward translator" and these are two very different things


Now I see. Time for me to have a rest, I think.icon_smile.gif


 

LilianNekipelov  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 12:50
Russian to English
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It is called back-translation Jul 10, 2012

The type of translation where you ask the person to translate something back into the original language is called back-translation. Backwards is backwards. Alice in Wonderland, sort of.

 

Giovanni Guarnieri MITI, MIL  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 17:50
Member (2004)
English to Italian
well... Jul 10, 2012

after my answer, it should have been clear enough... icon_smile.gif

 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Getting it write Jul 10, 2012

Phil Hand wrote:

Sdrawkcab si yllaucta ym evitan egaugnal, ylno siht yllis etis t'now esingocer ti. Yletanutrof ym etar fo 1 dnuop rep drow si eht emas revewoh uoy kool ta ti.


When I was a kid, we went through a phase of playing with language and one of them was the sdrawkcab thing. I learnt to sing the words of some songs backwards and can still threaten to do them as a party piece if not forcibly restrained! There was usually a consensus that the sdrawkab words were pronounced phonetically as spelt, so for example "nice" would be pronounded "ekin"...

NB: The ad should have stated "back translators" not "backward" - showing how sheep and goats tend to sort themselves out if left to their own devices.

Slightly off topic, and considering my own penchant for more - ahem - colourful language, I wonder if it would be permissible to swear on-site in sdrawkcab? I have a few choice epithets I'd like to fire off about a certain kudoz asker who seems to be doing a longish translation almost totally on the goodwill of prozers this past week or so, repeatedly posting whole sentences. Maybe they could consider paying the answerers a percentage?

[Edited at 2012-07-10 14:22 GMT]


 

Jørgen Madsen  Identity Verified
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English is the most broken language in the world... Jul 10, 2012

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