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Primer matemàtic de l'Estat espanyol

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14:05 Aug 6, 2004
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Catalan to English translations [PRO]
Catalan term or phrase: Primer matemàtic de l'Estat espanyol
Is it insensitive of me to translate "First Spanish mathematician". It's what we'd say in English. I won't like writing it, but if that's how we'd say it in English, I suppose I have to put it?
Timothy Barton
Local time: 09:14

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5 +4first Spanish mathematician
Marian Greenfield

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Primer matemàtic de l'Estat espanyol
first Spanish mathematician

nothing offensive about saying he was the first Spanish mathematician to be awarded whatever prize... it's what the Catalan says, and, politics and PC sensibilities aside, that's what you have to translate...

Marian Greenfield
Local time: 03:14
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 2

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Patrick Bones: Absolutely, I guess the doubt arises with the Espanya/Estat espanyol bit... My feeling is that readers outside Spain are unaware of the subtlety that differentiates the two, so I just use "Spain", or in this case "Spanish".
4 mins

agree  Thierry LOTTE
1 hr

agree  Veronica Lambert Hall: particularly with Patrick's comments about readers from outside Spain being unaware.
8 hrs

agree  Juan Jacob: Catalans don't like to say Espanya: they say Estat Espanyol.
2 days 8 hrs
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