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Off topic: Beautiful story with (over) literal translation
Thread poster: Phil Hand

Phil Hand  Identity Verified
China
Local time: 23:51
Chinese to English
May 11, 2019

There's a lovely story on Slate where the author uses highly literal translations of formal Korean pleasantries to create a sense of estrangement. The narrator is a Korean-American, and I think this form captures her sense of understanding-but-unfamiliarity really well.

“OK, fine,” she said. “Since you’re a special customer.”

“I won’t forget it,” my mother said.

The girl wrapped the coat in a bag. “Oh, I can’t spit on a smiling face.
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There's a lovely story on Slate where the author uses highly literal translations of formal Korean pleasantries to create a sense of estrangement. The narrator is a Korean-American, and I think this form captures her sense of understanding-but-unfamiliarity really well.

“OK, fine,” she said. “Since you’re a special customer.”

“I won’t forget it,” my mother said.

The girl wrapped the coat in a bag. “Oh, I can’t spit on a smiling face.”

“Yes, you’ve made us smile.” My mother eased up and took the girl’s hand. “You’re so smart and fast. You’re a good girl. You don’t say too much, you don’t give too much.”


There's some descriptions of eating disorders that are a bit close to the bone, so be warned!

Edit: I forgot to put the link in, what a doofus: https://slate.com/human-interest/2019/05/the-coat-korean-mother-personal-essay.html
Sorry!

[Edited at 2019-05-11 08:25 GMT]
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MollyRose  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 10:51
Member (2010)
English to Spanish
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something hidden? May 14, 2019

Did the girl really want the jacket?

 


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