The most contentious and thus enlightening
Thread poster: Roomy Naqvy

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English to Hindi
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May 24, 2001

Techniques. Yes, techniques of translation must be one of the most contentious and the most enlightening topic here. In the Middle Ages, unauthorised translations of the Holy Bible were censored.

Technique. Sometimes, the word itself creates various connotations. I see translation best as a process of cultural creation. So what technique can one use to create a culture? Well, the one that is most humane, sensitive, understanding, lies in the best humanist traditions....

Here, lies the answer of finding a suitable technique for translation.

Roomy F Naqvy


English to Khmer (Central)
tekneeks Oct 22, 2001

all u need to do is apply a word for word basis that fits according to the context of the sentence.



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Spanish to English
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OK, here's a perfect example of "word for word" Mar 5, 2002

It\'s inside an agenda dedicated to Robert Doisneau\'s photogrphy (published by Éditions du Désastre, mind you).

OK, here we have a brief essay on the subject matter (Doisneau\'s art that is) followed by parallel text in English.

The original by Jean-Claude Gautrand goes like this:

Attentif au spectacle permanent et gratuit offert par ses contemporaines, Doisnau nous conte, image après image, des histoires pleines de sentiments, de poésie et d’humour en nous enchantant par sa capacité à transmettre cette tendre complicité, cette relation implicite et fugace qui l’unie avec celui ou celle qu’il photographie. « On ne devrait photographier, dit-il, que lorsqu’on se sent gonflé de générosité pour les autres. » Son intérêt privilégié pour les milieux populaires et leurs décors de vie, lui a permis de réaliser des images imprégnées d’un certain réalisme social qui a profondément marqué, par ailleurs, cinéma et littérature de l’époque.

Next comes the English version:

As an attentive spectator of the permanent and free show played by his contemporaries, Doisneau relates in picture after picture stories full of feeling, poetry and humour, while enchanting us with his ability to transmit this tender complicity, this implicit but fleeting relationship which unites him with the person he photographs. According to him, “One should only take photos when one is overflowing with generosity for others”. His special interest in popular districts and the backdrop of their lives enabled him to create images permeated with a certain social realism which in fact deeply influenced the cinema and the literature of the time.

Word for word? Certainly. Fits the context? Oh yes!

Perfect translation? I doubt. So, I guess we still need Roomy and his technique.


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