Off topic: Translators are a waste of space
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RominaZ  Identity Verified
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Sep 3, 2013

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This video was written and performed by Erik Skuggevik for The Norwegian Association of Literary Translators.

You should watch it till the end to grasp its magic.

I will transcribe it below (warning: do not read the transcription before watching the video as it is a spoiler).

Translators are a waste of space, if you ask me
linguistic morons who think
it's only
a way to enchant readers
who find against all odds
translated literature interesting,
but these are individuals who make
praise
cheap
I really don't give
a hoot
translators are
boring
at book launches
the rewards are miniscule
talking to some of them
even when
discouraged
translators don't seem
to think
about anything but language
and they always ask irrelevant questions
some of them ask for
jobs
it's quite unbelievable what
quality publishers in this country
support
it's time we
call in the troops
time to finish the job properly
translators are motivated by
greed
let's beat
them up
let's help
giving translators what they deserve
there's nothing wrong with
living like the rest of us
and a decent
honest day's work
they want payment for an
ordinary thing, I say
no
it's
an everyday task
it's not exactly holy wine,
for Christ's
sake
one translator changed Japanese
Idioms I am actually familiar with
into
almost incomprehensible phrases
they're experts at making
easy peasy
problems seem
really difficult
most translators make
hundreds of thousands
but they enrich
themselves alone
they toil mainly for
this world
to have happy translators in
we really need
to reverse this way of thinking
Well?


Reverse

Well?
to reverse this way of thinking
we really need
to have happy translators in
this world
they toil mainly for
themselves alone
but they enrich
hundreds of thousands
most translators make
really difficult
problems seem
easy peasy
they're experts at making
almost incomprehensible phrases
into
Idioms I am actually familiar with
one translator changed Japanese
sake
for Christ's
holy wine,
it's not exactly
an everyday task
it's
no
ordinary thing, I say
they want payment for an
honest day's work
and a decent
living like the rest of us
there's nothing wrong with
giving translators what they deserve
let's help
them up
let's beat
greed
translators are motivated by
time to finish the job properly
call in the troops
it's time we
support
quality publishers in this country
it's quite unbelievable what
jobs
some of them ask for
and they always ask irrelevant questions
about anything but language
to think
translators don't seem
discouraged
even when
talking to some of them
the rewards are miniscule
at book launches
boring
translators are
a hoot
I really don't give
cheap
praise
but these are rare individuals who make
translated literature interesting
who find against all odds
a way to enchant readers
it's only
linguistic morons
who think
translators are a waste of space, if you ask me


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Phil Hand  Identity Verified
China
Local time: 19:14
Chinese to English
Fabulous Sep 3, 2013

If we can't play with language, who will?

One of the joys of having children is that they love messing about with words. An adult who stopped messing about with words could not produce this.


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xxxowhisonant  Identity Verified
Germany
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Nice one Sep 3, 2013

Also on Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGYL5sUwr2Q


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DocteurPC  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 07:14
English to French
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Fabulous indeed! Sep 3, 2013

A colleague sent it to me. I wanted to post it, but you did it before me.

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Alexandra Speirs  Identity Verified
Local time: 13:14
Italian to English
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too late Sep 3, 2013

I came here specially to put this one up but somebody beat me to it !

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Nelida Kreer  Identity Verified
Uruguay
Local time: 08:14
English to Spanish
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Delightful Sep 4, 2013

Made my day, definitely.

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Lito Christoforidou  Identity Verified
Greece
Local time: 14:14
English to Greek
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Brilliant! Sep 10, 2013

Thank you for posting this!

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Tania Marques-Cardoso  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 08:14
Member (2006)
English to Portuguese
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Very clever and true Sep 27, 2013

My congrats to the author!

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Marco Ávila  Identity Verified
Portugal
Local time: 12:14
English to Portuguese
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Very intelligent work... Sep 27, 2013

As a professional translator, I was about to go nuts on you, but then I listened to the other half, and all is ok now!

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Miguel Carmona  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 04:14
English to Spanish
What a genius Sep 27, 2013

The writer has to be a hard working genius to write something like that.

I can't even imagine the talent, skills and amount of work required to do it.


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risa tomoyasu

Local time: 04:14
English to Japanese
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Love this. Sep 29, 2013

LET'S CHANGE TO MAKE THE WORLD CHANGE.

We are not a waste, we are here to unite the whole world together!!!!

Or at least two friends from different country together by removing the lanuage barrier.

I am proud to be a translator.


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Babelworth
Congo, Democratic Republic
Local time: 12:14
English to French
impossible Oct 5, 2013

How did he do this?

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