|Chinese to English translations [PRO]|
Art/Literary - Idioms / Maxims / Sayings / Common Expression
|Chinese term or phrase: 嫌弃|
|Some one wrote: 如果不嫌弃，也算我一个吧。|
Context: Expression of willingness to contribute.
Question: How would you translated "嫌弃"?
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Local time: 03:48
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58 mins confidence: peer agreement (net): +2
just thinking about 不嫌弃 being changed into sth like 愿意
If you think I'm capable
Local time: 03:48
Native speaker of: Chinese
|Notes to answerer|
|Asker: Thank you. I believe that every one of us is capable of doing simple translation. We are encouraged to sign in, download the files and upload the translated files for further processing by other peers. I am just wondering why should any one of us be so humble to ask for permission. If we make mistakes in translation, they will be corrected by others. And that's it.|
Asker: Let me explain the reason why I don't choose this suggestion and don't think that LoyalTrans should have been meaning this way: It is totally in the interest of the volunteer and the Management of this website that people want to participate in the presumably ever ongoing localization project. That is why the Management would never reject any volunteer. The Management would like to have quality translation and that can be achieved and ensured by public judgement. So, the translations will be reviewed/proofread by other peers --- however, not specific ones, or else the judgement can be biased. (It is obvious that everybody works in his own interest. To ensure that there is no conflict between public and private interests, it is reasonable that the translations be done anonymously and reviewed anonymously. Only the Top Management shall know who does what, not any peers or any moderators. So, there is no need to ask "if you don't mind, I'd like to..." Sign in and download files that you would like to translate whenever you have the time. Your translation will be judged by peers, not by any one who has animosity against you and wants to pick on your translation. So, you don't need to ask anything like "if you don't mind" in this case. If it's of your interest, just sign in, download, translate and upload. Have no fear --- Your contributions will not be discredited by anyone who believes that he represents the sole authority. Go ahead, LoyalTrans, you are counted upon when you sign in. You don't need to ask anything in this way and feel denied when the supposed authority doesn't give you a positive answer.
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if nobody objects, ...
Language variant: if nobody minds
"If nobody objects..." is pure formality, no one really expects to be rejected...
In fact it can sound a little intrusive: "If nobody objects, I'll have the last piece of cake" (....silence....) "Great!"
Note added at 14 hrs (2008-07-08 06:52:27 GMT) Post-grading
Actually "if nobody objects..." sounds pretty submissive (or indicates submission to general opinion). The exception I gave confused my answer.
|Notes to answerer|
|Asker: Hmm, interesting observation. Of course, no one expects to be rejected. However, the Western society has a quite different power structure than the Chinese. Just imagine that some one who is regarded as superior to others says "The last piece is for me." You might shrug and say, "Great, then." That happens quite often among Chinese and everybody would just keep silent, if nobody dares to point out the trick. I guess Ritchest's "If I could be of any help, I'd gladly be at your disposal." may be in the right (submissive) tone for our case.|
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