Off topic: What was your freest translation ever?
Thread poster: schmurr

schmurr  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:08
Italian to German
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Jan 24, 2004

After awarding myself the record for the shortest translation for having rendered 23 Italian words with just 5 German ones ,
I'm now after the record for the freest translation:
for the Italian equivalent of
"At what time does the Colosseum open?"
I put the German equivalent of
"Hats off!"

Now, you must know that the Italian was not the normal "A che ora..." but "A ke ora": in fact the article was about SMS, and not having found any German SMS abbreviation that could be used in a cultural context (most of them are understood by SMS addicts only, anyway), I chose "attention" = "8ung" and made "Well done!" of it: "Alle 8ung!"

I'd like to learn about your freest translations!
Martin from Udine

[Edited at 2004-01-24 10:35]


Lorenzo Lilli  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:08
German to Italian
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Wow! Jan 24, 2004

Great translation Martin, hats off 2 U!icon_smile.gif That's quite an interesting topic. I don't remember precisely a single free translation of mine, but when I translate marketing texts (not really advertising copy, but sort of) I sometimes have to forget the original and invent something completely different in Italian. I know the Italian public and the German public, for one, have different tastes. Of course I do so only if my client allows me to.

[Edited at 2004-01-24 11:23]


MJ Barber  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:08
Member (2005)
Spanish to English
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Spanish - English Jan 26, 2004

Not a translation as such, but a Madrid metro loudspeaker announcement:

La próxima estación está en curva. Al salir del tren tengan cuidado de no introducir el pie entre coche y andén.

Literal translation: The next station is on a curve. On leaving the train take care not to get your foot trapped between the carriage and the platform.

The equivalent on the London Underground: Mind the Gap.

21 --> 3 !


Robert INGLEDEW  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:08
English to Spanish
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or you will soon be out of business...


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