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Thread poster: Marion Schimmelpfennig

Marion Schimmelpfennig  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:50
Member (2003)
English to German
Dec 7, 2004

This post is not a sentimental pre-christmas thing: I'm an active member of a local animal shelter ( and also regularly contribute time and/or money when people are in need. But of course, my resources are limited. I have been racking my brain for some time how my abilities as a translator could help people – kids especially. Tonight, a coverage on TV triggered an idea.

In this report, small kids in a Russian hospital who are treated for cancer showed the reporters what they have been drawing and writing. I bet that kids in similar situations – hungry, alone, ill, whatever – do similar things. Writing poems, letters, stories, drawing pictures. It goes without saying that these writings and drawings will probably be all very special and unique. Making a book out of these works and selling it all over the world could generate a huge amount of money for those kids. And here we translators come in: These works will have to be translated into many languages in order to publish the book in many languages. From Russian into English into German into Chinese into you name it. We should offer to do it for free, of course.

I know: This thing needs to be organized. We need contacts. A publisher. And many more things. But before I go any further, I'd like to know if there are people out there on who would like to join me.

So, what do you think?


Seadeta Osmani  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:50
English to Croatian
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Count me in Dec 7, 2004

I'm not very good in organization, but you can lean on me for any English to Croatian/Bosnian/Serbian translations.

Contact me anytime.



Local time: 20:50
Hi Marion! Dec 7, 2004

In case you need an English>Italian translator, well, I'm here...and not just for Xmas!


Andrea Appel
Local time: 15:50
English to German
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I would love to Dec 7, 2004

Dear Marion,

what a great idea, I would be very happy to do the English - German version.

Kind regards,

[Edited at 2004-12-07 20:05]

[Edited at 2004-12-08 00:39]


Local time: 15:50
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Me too. Dec 7, 2004

If you need any help with English>Russian, count me in. I can also call Russia and talk to people concerned, if there is any need to do that.
What a great idea! Maybe we really can make a difference.


Andrea Lorca  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:50
Member (2004)
English to Spanish
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Eager to help Dec 7, 2004

It sounds like a very interesting project that may help children. Count me in if you need English to Spanish translator.
Andrea Lorca


Christophe Ryneczko  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:50
English to French
I'm in too! Dec 7, 2004

What a great idea! You can count on me for the English to French versionicon_smile.gif


Mariko Kobayashi  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:50
English to Japanese
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Sounds great! Dec 7, 2004

I will do English - Japanese!


Behnam Koleili  Identity Verified
Local time: 00:20
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English to Farsi (Persian)
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Great! Dec 7, 2004

Here for English > Persian/Farsi!


Andrea Ali  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:50
Member (2003)
English to Spanish
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I am in Dec 7, 2004

for English>Spanish.



cebice  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 14:50
English to Spanish
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I would like to help! English into Spanish Dec 7, 2004

That's a great idea. If you need any help with my language pair I will be willing to pitch in.


sevinc altincekic  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:50
English to Turkish
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me too Dec 7, 2004

I am ready for english to turkish


Francina  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 15:50
Member (2005)
Dutch to English
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Count me in Dec 7, 2004

I love organizing too, so let me know if I can help.


Lamprini Kosma  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:50
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English to Greek
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You can count on me Dec 8, 2004

...for the English to Greek version.icon_smile.gif

Best wishes,


Zhoudan  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:50
Member (2007)
English to Chinese
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count me in... Dec 8, 2004

for translating from English into Chinese. I'm a published translator.

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