Teaching how to read - How to render it in another language
Thread poster: PamelaTh

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English to Italian
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Apr 13, 2016

Hello all,

I need an advise on how to deal with a translation problem.

I am translating an American TV series into Italian and they are teaching a little kid how to read. They have a board where they write words letter by letter such as "at" "cat", "hat". I would normally substitute with different words in Italian but the problem is that the letters are clearly visible in the screen.

What do you do in cases like that? Has it happened to anyone before?

Thanks for your inputs.

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Anton Konashenok  Identity Verified
Czech Republic
Local time: 03:49
English to Russian
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It may be OK to mix languages in a phrase Apr 13, 2016

One way to do it, especially if the plot is clearly happening in America, is to insert English words into the Italian subtitle. It may be helpful if your subtitling system supports italics or another way to emphasize a part of the text.
Something like:

C-A-T, cat (gatto)


Il gatto - a cat, scriviamo C-A-T

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Or simply leave that out Apr 14, 2016

Especially if the words are easily understood by the Italian audience and clearly conveyed both on screen (eyes) and in the audio (ears).

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