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RominaZ  Identity Verified
Argentina
Member (2006)
English to Spanish
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Sep 30, 2012

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Dear members,

Happy International Translation Day! Here is a language game to test your knowledge about languages. Post below the total number of languages you got and write the number of the language as listed below plus its name. At the bottom there is a key.

1.

1. traduttore

2. traduzione


2.

1. traductor

2. traducción


3.

1. traducteur

2. traduction


4.

1. tłumacz

2. tłumaczenie


5.

1. traducător

2. traducere


6.

1. перекладач

2. переклад


7.

1. अनुवादक

2. अनुवाद


8.

1. çevirmen

2. çeviri


9.

1-Përkthyes/e

2-Përkthim


10.

1. преводач

2. превод


11.

1. μεταφράστρια - μεταφραστής

2. μετάφραση


12.

1. penerjemah

2. terjemahan


13.

1. vertaler

2. vertaling


14.

1. Prevodilac

2. Prijevod


15.

1. traductor

2. traducció


16.

1. 翻訳者

2. 翻訳


17.

1 - překladatel

2 - překlad - překládání - překladatelství


18.

1. penterjemah

2. terjemahan


19.

1. অনুবাদক

2. অনুবাদ


20.

1. prevodilac

2. prevod


21.

1. مترجم

2. ترجمه


22.

1. مترجم

2. ترجمہ


23.

1. prekladateľ prekladateľka

2. preklad


24.

1. പരിഭാഷകന്‍

2. പരിഭാഷ


25.

1. преведувач

2. превод


26.

1. "Übersetzer/Übersetzerin" OR "Übersetzer/in" OR "Übersetzer"

2. "Übersetzung"


27.

1. oversetter

2. oversettelse


28.

1. מתרגם

2. תרגום


29.

1. prevajalka - prevajalec

2. prevod


30.

1. tõlkija

2. tõlge


31.

1. tradutor

2. tradución


32.

1. орчуулагч

2. орчуулга


33.

1. tradutor

2. tradução


34.

1. అనువాదకుడు

2. అనువాదం


35.

1. მთარგმნელი

2. თარგმანი


36.

1. tulkotājs

2. tulkojums


37.

1. itzultzailea

2. itzulpena


38.

1. 译员

2. 译文


39.

1. biên dịch viên

2. biên dịch


40.

1. المترجم

2. الترجمة


41.

1. tagasalin

2. pagsasalin


42.

1. អ្នកបកប្រែ

2. ការបកប្រែ


43.

1. prevoditelj

2. prevođenje


44.

1. भाषांतरकार

2. भाषांतर


45.

1. vertėjas

2. vertimas


46.

1. மொழிபெயர்ப்பாளர்

2. மொழிபெயர்ப்பு


47.

1. переводчик

2. перевод


48.

1. fordító

2. fordítás


49.

1. Перакладчык

2. Пераклад


50.

1. translator

2. translation


51.

1. թարգմանիչ

2. թարգմանություն



52.

1. 역자

2. 번역



53.

1. kääntäjä

2. käännös


54.

1. tradukisto

2. tradukado


55.

1. cyfieithydd

2. cyfieithu


56.

1. eadar-theangair

2. earar-theangachadh


57.

1. turjumaan

2. turjumaad


58.

1. mtafsiri

2. utafsiri



Key:



Thanks to the members of the localization teams for their help in putting this activity together.

Have fun!

Romina

Note: If your language is not listed please send me an email to romina at proz.com with the translation of the words "translator" and "translation" and I'll add it.


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Andrada Constantinescu (Bodiu)
Romania
Local time: 00:33
English to Romanian
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11 Sep 30, 2012

11

Happy Translation Day, fellow traslators!


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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 23:33
Member (2005)
English to Spanish
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10 languages Sep 30, 2012

I mistook Norwegian for Swedish, but other than that... 10 languages. Happy International Translation Day!

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svenfrade  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 23:33
French to German
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18 Sep 30, 2012

I got 18 right, my 14-year-old daughter 21.

Happy Translation Day!


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Jan Willem van Dormolen  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 23:33
English to Dutch
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20 Sep 30, 2012

Admittedly, there were a couple of gambles. Like Czech and Slovak, which I could easily have swapped. But then again, I correctly identified Malay and Indonesian, only had them switched.

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Meta Arkadia
Local time: 05:33
English to Indonesian
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Only 15, Sep 30, 2012

including some very lucky guesses, and recognition based on the alphabet/script only.

Jan-Willem, I had no trouble identifying Bahasa Indonesia of course, but I didn't know there was a difference between BI and Malaysian (no assimilation).
BTW, I think "Malay" is wrong. Malay is the collective term for Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian), Bahasa Melayu (Malaysian), and probably a few other variants.

Cheers,

Hans


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litprince
Switzerland
Local time: 23:33
English to Russian
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korean Sep 30, 2012

역자 - translator and 번역 - translation

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Jenny Forbes  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:33
Member (2006)
French to English
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11 Sep 30, 2012

I identified 11 for certain and guessed a few others.
Why have Swedish, Danish, Finnish and Icelandic been omitted?


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RominaZ  Identity Verified
Argentina
Member (2006)
English to Spanish
+ ...
TOPIC STARTER
No particular reason other than... Sep 30, 2012

Dear Jenny,

Jenny Forbes wrote:

I identified 11 for certain and guessed a few others.
Why have Swedish, Danish, Finnish and Icelandic been omitted?


Some languages are not listed simply because I did not receive the information I requested on time (i.e. before September 30). However, as I mentioned in my post if you see that your language(s) are not listed, you can send me and email to romina at proz.com with the translation of the words "translator" and "translation" and I'd gladly add them.

Romina


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Ambrose Li  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 17:33
Chinese to English
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11 Sep 30, 2012

I was also wondering why Finnish is not there. There was one that I thought might be Spanish, but later I found more that looked like Spanish to me… so only 11…

By the way, what is the second word supposed to mean? Is that supposed to mean the process of translation, or the end product of translation? The Chinese word chosen can only mean the latter even though a different word that can mean both exists. Is there a reason for this?


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Elina I. Nocera  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 23:33
Italian to English
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21 Sep 30, 2012

Happy Translation day!

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Paul Dixon  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 20:33
Portuguese to English
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Omissions Sep 30, 2012

Why has Esperanto been omitted? And what about Cymraeg (Welsh)?

Esperanto:

tradukisto (translator)

tradukado (translation)

Welsh:

cyfieithydd

cyfieithu


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Paul Dixon  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 20:33
Portuguese to English
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19 Sep 30, 2012

I got 19 right. Mixed up the Cyrillic languages and also the Balkan languages - had Croatian instead of Serbian, for example. The Indian languages were also a problem - I had Bengali instead of Urdu. I also put Maltese instead of Albanian. I usually made use of diacritics, such as the "cut L" which is characteristic of Polish, as in the name "Malgorzata" (I have seen the L sometimes cut and sometimes uncut). For some reason I thought the Malay was Finnish - maybe speakers of either of these languages can tell me if there is some connection between them.

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Natalia Mackevich  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 22:33
Member (2009)
English to Russian
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That's very nice! Thank you! Sep 30, 2012

I identified 27. Some languages are too exotic for me, but there are linguists able to recognize up to 100 languages.
Please stop asking why some languages were omitted (you can find the reply if you read the thread). It's a game!

[Редактировалось 2012-09-30 18:14 GMT]


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PYTranslate
India
Local time: 04:03
English to French
+ ...
Only 13, Nice game! Sep 30, 2012

Happy Translation Day !!

[Edited at 2012-09-30 15:51 GMT]


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