English translation: toy manufacturer from the Nuremberg area
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11:12 May 23, 2003
German to English translations [Non-PRO]
German term or phrase:fränkischer Spielwarenfabrikant
A quick sanity check.
I'm translating for a US audience. I'm toying (hihi) with the idea of translating fränkischer Spielwarenfabrikant simply as 'Bavarian toy manufacturer' rather than 'a German toy manufacturer from the Franconian region of Bavaria' which is a bit of a mouthful. Given my assumption that none of the readers will have the slightest clue as to where Franconia is, would you agree that this is a good solution?
Explanation: Sorry, Nicole, I cannot agree, and I tell you why.
If you're translating for an audience (Us or whatever) that is somehow familiar with the trade, they will know that Nuremburg, the heart and capital of Franconia, is the German centre for toy manufacturing. *fränkischer Spielwarenhersteller* implies that the business is located somewhere in the Nuremberg area, or is assocated with the Nuremberg manufacturing scene.
Even if all colleagues agreed to the above three proposals .... well, we are talking here about localisation.
Impossible to choose a winner for this one. I ended up omitting all reference to Franconia and using 'Bavarian toy manufacturer' and 'factory near Nuremberg', at various points in the text. Points to Edith for the most agrees. Thanks to everyone! 4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer