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Thread poster: Babelworth

Babelworth
Congo, Democratic Republic
Local time: 12:43
English to French
Apr 14, 2010

Hello,

I am translating some training material from english into french. The author has quoted some books as recommended reading. Do I have to translate the titles of these books?

Thanks


 

Jan Willem van Dormolen  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 12:43
English to Dutch
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Depends Apr 14, 2010

If there is a translation of the book, use the title of that translation (this will take some research).
If there is no translation (or if you can't find one after a realistic amount of research effort), copy the original title and add a translation between brackets.

Or ask your client what s/he prefers.

[Bijgewerkt op 2010-04-14 09:01 GMT]


 

Pablo Bouvier  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:43
German to Spanish
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Translation Theory and Practice Apr 14, 2010

J an Willem van Dormolen wrote:

If there is a translation of the book, use the title of that translation (this will take some research).
If there is no translation (or if you can't find one after a realistic amount of research effort), copy the original title and add a translation between brackets.

Or ask your client what s/he prefers.

[Bijgewerkt op 2010-04-14 09:01 GMT]


If there is no title translation, I never write a title translation myself. (I put the ISBN reference number under brackets). I do this, because it is possible that the book will be translated after your translation with a different title...

[Editado a las 2010-04-14 10:00 GMT]


 

Babelworth
Congo, Democratic Republic
Local time: 12:43
English to French
TOPIC STARTER
thanks Apr 14, 2010

Thanks Jan Willem and Pablo Bouvier for your help

 

philgoddard
United States
Member (2009)
German to English
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. Apr 15, 2010

I would ask the client whether they need to be translated at all. If the books are in a foreign language, they won't be much use to people reading your translation.

 

Carol Gullidge  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 11:43
Member (2006)
French to English
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book titles Apr 15, 2010

As these are titles for "recommended reading", then you must leave the original titles - otherwise, how will the reader be able to find them?
And, as Pablo rightly points out, beware of providing your own translation, as any future official translation will leave you feeling a little silly! If you nevertheless do decide to provide one, then do it in such a way that it looks unofficial - perhaps using square brackets?


 

Babelworth
Congo, Democratic Republic
Local time: 12:43
English to French
TOPIC STARTER
merci Apr 15, 2010

Thanks Carol and philgoddard, very helpful

 


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