English translation: We are writing you at this time...
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02:31 Jun 8, 2002
Spanish to English translations [PRO] General / Conversation / Greetings / Letters / Correspondence
Spanish term or phrase:tengo el agrado de dirigirme a ustedes
This is a weird request - I already know what this means, but it just doesn't make sense in this context.
Basically this letter is to give bad news to a company (cashing of their bid maintenance guarantee), so I don't think it would be appropriate to translate it as "It gives me pleasure to..." or "It is my honour to..."
Can anyone think of a generic opening phrase in English that I might use as a substitute (that won't come off as offensive)?
I have the pleasure of (addressing) (writing to) you (and others)
Explanation: If speaking, and speakers frequently say this, it would be "addressing"; and in a letter, "writing".
Now, if your client is the one writing the letter, you should ask the client to allow you to replace this phrase with something like "I regret to inform you" which would be more appropriate given the negative contents of the letter.
However, if this is a letter that has already been sent and received, you translate it as above, you call 'em like you see 'em, you're a translator and that means being completely accurate and faithful to the original and not injecting your own judgment.
So it depends on the status of the letter. Either way, you help your client by suggesting improvements when necessary and making them after the need has been properly communicated and approval has been received; or in the second case, by translating things precisely the way they have been stated.
Henry Hinds United States Local time: 02:35 Works in field Native speaker of: English, Spanish PRO pts in category: 355