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Translation - English “To perceive its meaning is one thing, and to express it in Chinese is another. Besides, there exists a quintessential distinction between the easterners’ and the westerners’ way of thinking – the easterners lay stress on integration, on conclusion, on implication, and on being tacit; the westerners, however, put all their forces on analysis, on the subtle twists and turns, and dreaded for not digging up the smallest detail, or to render a scene incomplete. The two outlooks will thus go down an arduous path in hopes of conversing harmoniously.”
“The variation between the two countries’ languages’ parts of speech, syntax, grammar, rhetoric, prosody, and lingos, therefore, represents a divergence between the two people’s mindsets, depths of sentiment, angles of perspective, and their means of expression. In using the language of Country X to convey the common traits incorporated in that of Country Y, we have to become Bo Le when he was asked to judge horses (an anecdote that remains to be explained) – that is to ‘attain the essence while overlooking the fluff, to focus on its soul while negligent of its appearance’.”
Chinese to English: Mama's Diaries (excerpts)/妈妈的日记 (节选) General field: Art/Literary Detailed field: Journalism
Source text - Chinese 6个月
Translation - English Six months.
Roro is so sensitive. Her hearing way over-developed. I wanted to give her a haircut. There she was, sleeping away, but her eyes blinked open the second I brought out the scissors. Her head would follow the metal no matter where I’m trying to trim, rendering my doings impossible! Sometimes her hands would find their way into her hair. A bundle of joy.
Grabbing at everything, taking hold of everything within reach.
To think she would laugh out loud when sitting on my lap in front of the TV at just four months of age. Only then did I discover that it was when the weather forecast was on and the screen was switching between cities; she would never miss a single day. Now it’s even more so. Whenever evening news ends and the reporter bids ‘thank you and goodbye’ and the fixed music sounds, she would stop whatever she was doing and stare at the TV, waiting for the commercials and the forecast that she adores. So it’s actually like what the books have been saying - a child takes in whatever that’s been fed to her. I should’ve already started her on foreign languages. She’d listened in on us when we thought she’d been oblivious.
Took her to the zoo last Sunday, she was delighted to see the animals. A book at home mentioned that the rose-ringed parakeet could bring up beautiful melodies. So in imitation she would drag her voice and garble out “ahhhhhhhhhh…” Once we’ve arrived at the zoo, she would start to sing whenever we pointed at the parrots.
Next was the petting zoo—lambs, bunnies, fawns. She’s scared of nothing, just stumbling forward to caress them. Some people who were nearby said: “That’s a funny kid you’ve got there, not afraid one bit.”
It’d be better if her shoes weren’t completely covered in goop. Her eyes would become watery if they scatter…didn’t think we’d bump into Guaiguai, his mom and grandma on our way back. As if right on cue, she immediately started crying, endlessly.
They cut off the phase III plaster cast on the forth of June. It didn’t heal very well so they added on another mold but she seemed much more relaxed after that. I think her memory’s very good. No matter whose clothes or things they are, she could distinguish. She was only willing to lie beneath my blanket or her own. The minute her dad’s sheet touches her body, she’d kick it away forcefully. The other day she pointed her finger at the wet clothes that hung outside in the wind, and said: “mommy clothes, daddy clothes, grandpa clothes, daddy shorts.” That made me laugh.
She could count from one to a hundred. Read three to four nursery rhymes and sing “Grow, Little Pine!”
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