Poll: The last translation I read/heard that impressed me as being excellent was in a(n)
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DianeGM  Identity Verified
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other ... on a wall (graffiti) Nov 4, 2009

It was a slogan written (badly) in ancient Greek - followed by someone else's rather astute translation into modern Greek. I smile whenever I pass it ...

[Edited at 2009-11-04 09:04 GMT]


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Maria Amorim  Identity Verified
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Books Nov 4, 2009

I would like to make reference to 2 books:

The Swedish translation of “The Kite Runner” from the writer Khaled Hossein. It was one of the best translations I have ever read. The translator: Johan Nilsson.

The Portuguese translation of “The Stories of John Cheever” from the fantastic American writer John Cheever. The original was first published in USA in the forties but it came out this year in Portugal. The translator: José de Lima.

I recommend it for the English-Portuguese translators (Sextante Editora – Portugal).


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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
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negative impression Nov 4, 2009

I do not remember the title, but I remember that once I read a book, and I also had the original in English, and I thought, well it seems I have read two different books!...

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Anke Formann  Identity Verified
Germany
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Instructions manual for our new tumble dryer Nov 4, 2009

The dryer (made in the UK) is not exactly the most luxurious, most expensive one in the world, which was why I was even more impressed by the quality of the manual translation.
The terms were well chosen, the text was fluent and easy to understand and most certainly translated by a German native speaker. I was really happy to see that there are manufacturers out there that go for a good (but most certainly more expensive) translation instead of a near-machine (but cheap) translation made by a non-native who has a brother who has a friend who once had a German penfriend


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Alexandra Speirs  Identity Verified
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I answered book Nov 4, 2009

because I thought of the excellent Engish translation of La sombra del viento by Carlos Ruiz Zafón - translated by Lucia Graves.

Then I remembered that I recently picked up a tourist leaflet at Bergamo airport, the English was excellent. I found that the translator was a fellow-Prozean and duly sent her my congratulations!


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VeronicaMar  Identity Verified
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English to Spanish
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Map Nov 4, 2009

I bought a small booklet guide of the city of Buenos Aires and in some pages it had a brief description of the main touristic sites, in Spanish and English.
The English was very well written!! It really surprised me because I was expecting something really awful, given the cheap price of the guide.

What actually surprises me more, are the terrible translations circulating all around me. I read the back of a DVD last Sunday, OMG, and it had like 50 words...probably machine translation...


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Robert Forstag  Identity Verified
United States
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Five excellent Spanish translations of English books Nov 4, 2009

1. & 2.
*Picasso: A Biogaphy*, [Parts I and II] by John Richardson (translated by a team of three translators)

3.
*1968* by Mark Kurlansky

4.
*Postwar* by Tony Judt

5.
*The Story of Art* by Ernest Gombrich

It seems like most of the excellent Spanish-language translations from English that I've read were produced by Spanish translators.

[Edited at 2009-11-04 17:27 GMT]


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Rebecca Garber  Identity Verified
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Directions for making Turkish coffee Nov 4, 2009

The coffee is from Turkey, and the English directions are a marvel of clarity and fluency.
Certainly unlike "Chinese restaurant menu" translations.


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John Cutler  Identity Verified
Spain
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Italian>English Nov 4, 2009

I recently visited Pompey and while there bought a book entitled, "A day in Pompey".
It had been written in Italian and was translated into English. It read very naturally and I didn't get that "this sounds like a translation" impression when I read it.
Congratulations to the translator!


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Maria Bruessler  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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FR-DE Nov 4, 2009

I just came home from the cinema, having watched "Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis" in German. It is just brilliant, absolutely hillarious. I would have never thought that a film about a French accent can be translated with such a stunning result.

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Books Nov 5, 2009

Published book translations are much more carefully vetted, especially if they are intended for a large audience.

For my doctoral dissertation I analyzed the discourse features of 32 chapter-length excerpts from published translations of famous Brazilian books, half fiction and half non-fiction. Most of them were awesome. Only a couple of duds.


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