Off topic: Pop in Translation
Thread poster: Isabel Booth
An interesting half hour of listening courtesy of BBC radio via the internet:
You can listen to the programme after it has been broadcast with their "listen again" feature
Pop in Translation
Saturday 15 December 2007 10:30-11:00 (Radio 4 FM)
During the 1960s many pop artists, from the Beatles to David Bowie, attempted to boost their success with foreign-language versions of their hits. Mark Radcliffe looks at one of pop music's quirkier episodes.
| | Margreet Logmans (X)
Local time: 01:34
English to Dutch
I think the translation of pop songs even went on for a while, well into the 70's.
I'm certainly going to listen to this, thanks!
| | Heinrich Pesch
Local time: 02:34
Finnish to German
| continues all the time || Dec 19, 2007 |
I can only speak for Finnish, but I would guess pop-songs are being translated all the time. Italian songs are sung everywhere in translations/new wordings.
On the other hand there are so many smashing songs in the world which are unknown to the English speaking world. The same is true for movies, only a small fraction is ever seen on screens in the English speeaking countries.
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