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Cecilia Falk  Identity Verified
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Sep 3, 2007

I am looking for the word "translator" in as many languages as possible. I have found some entries in Wiktionary:



Veronika Hansova  Identity Verified
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Czech is correct Sep 3, 2007

Hi cecilia,
the Czech word is correct in your first link.



Monika Coulson  Identity Verified
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Përkthyes (Albanian) Sep 3, 2007

Please keep in mind that the above word is Indefinite, Nominative case and Masculine gender (just how it would appear on a dictionary entry.)


[Edited at 2007-09-03 15:40]


Chiara Righele  Identity Verified
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traduttore/traduttrice Sep 3, 2007

the Italian words are correct



Juan Jacob  Identity Verified
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No problem... Sep 3, 2007 Spanish: traductor, traductora. French: traducteur, traductrice.


Ellie Lormans  Identity Verified
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Vertaler (Dutch) Sep 3, 2007

Vertaler for men, vertaalster for women,

In French, traducteur for men, traductrice for women.

Best regards,


Hendarto Setiadi  Identity Verified
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Penerjemah (Indonesian) Sep 3, 2007

Translator is "penerjemah" in Indonesian for both men and women.

Best regards,


biankonera  Identity Verified
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Latvian Sep 3, 2007

Female translator is "tulkotāja" and male translator is "tulkotājs"


Henk Peelen  Identity Verified
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tal / tol / tul / tel: translator = vertaler / vertaalster; interpreter = tolk Sep 3, 2007

After preparing my posting I found Dutch was checked already, but it might give some additional information, especially while the riff dental-vowel-l occures in many languages.

The Dutch word for language is "taal", although "spraak" might fit in some rare situations. Some ages ago, the Dutch verb "to translate" sounded "overzetten" ("put tot the other side ~ transport) which bears similarity to the Danish, German and Swedish words for translator oversætter, Übersetzer, översättare. Now "to translate" is "vertalen". "taal" is akin to "Dol" in German "Dolmetscher" (litterally language-maker), English tale, tell, talk and more, and to "tol" in the the word tolk(..) / tulk(...), a many-language syllable in the word for interpreter.
Dutch verbs always and on -en, and very often are composed of a suffix and a noun. A very common suffix is "ver" (in German as well), akin to Latin per, pro and "for" ("over" as well??), meaning the quality the noun mentions is changed. So "to translate" is "vertalen". The "ver" suffix does hardly appear in "interprete", which is "tolken". "vertolken" does exist, but then it means express, voice, represent, expound, play, do, render, interpret, perform, sing (opera), impersonate.

[Bijgewerkt op 2007-09-03 20:47]


Luis M. Cuerdo Galarraga  Identity Verified
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Itzultzailea Sep 3, 2007

in basque, both for the boys and the girls


Maria Amorim (X)  Identity Verified
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Tradutor/Tradutora Sep 3, 2007

Hej Cecilia,

The portuguese word for translator is tradutor (feminine: tradutora )


Maria Amorim


Assimina Vavoula
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In Greek.... Sep 3, 2007

The Greek word for translator is Μεταφραστής (feminine: Μεταφράστρια)
Best regards,
Assimina Vavoula


Dubravka Hrastovec  Identity Verified
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Croatian Sep 3, 2007

'prevoditelj' (m.)
'prevoditeljica' (f.)



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In German... Sep 3, 2007

Übersetzer, feminine Übersetzerin.



Diana Golubova
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Macedonian Sep 3, 2007


The Macedonian terms for "translator" are:

преведувач - m.

преведувачка - f.


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