Eng -> Sp - Description: four-armed aliens
Thread poster: Ramsés Cabrera Olivares

Ramsés Cabrera Olivares
Spain
Local time: 20:30
English to Spanish
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Jun 6, 2013

Dear colleagues from proz.com,

I am translating a sci-fi book that features a four-armed alien species. Both pairs of arms are located at shoulder height, but the terms used to distinguish one pair from the other - forward arms and rear arms - confuse me. Reading the sentence "The alien picked up a magazine from the ground using his rear hands", would you think he is using the pair that is closer to his back, or the one that is closer to his chest?

Thank you for your attention. I could really use some help, and I would deeply appreciate any translating tips given in this regard.


 

Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 21:30
Member (2005)
English to Spanish
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Depends on the register Jun 6, 2013

To me, the rear arms are the ones that are closer to the back. As for translating forward and rear, you have two options, depending on the register you want: "delanteros/traseros" and "anteriores/posteriores". The latter is the one I would use. Good luck!

 

LilianNekipelov  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 15:30
Russian to English
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The rear arms will be always the arms closer to the back. Jun 6, 2013

I am sure. he probably has some arms that he uses when the object is in front of him, and then some rear arms for things behind him.

 

Ramsés Cabrera Olivares
Spain
Local time: 20:30
English to Spanish
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I agree with the solutions provided. Jun 6, 2013

Dear colleagues:

Thank you for your kind answers. I agree with you both, Tomás and Lilian. The truth is, I had been struggling with this issue for quite some time. In fact, I had some difficulties distinguishing "posterior" and "anterior", even when it's my mother tongue! I guess I should watch Sesame Street again to get directions right, ha.

Regards.
Ramsés.


 


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