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| Shihfen Lin |
native speaker of Chinese (TRADITIONAL)
Tainan, Taiwan, Taiwan
Local time: 08:28 CST (GMT+8)
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English to Chinese - Rates: 1.20 - 1.60 TWD per word / 400 - 600 TWD per hour
|Sample translations submitted: 1 |
|English to Chinese: PHOTO JOURNAL|
|Source text - English|
On Time we all have our ways of marking time. As a National Geographic photographer, my life is measured from one story to the next. I bought my first house in Nebraska while I was on assignment shooting America's Gulf Coast. My oldest son was born in the middle of a long story about the Endangered Species Act. My daughter came along with a pack of gray wolves.
Twenty stories later, though, it's the story on Alaska's North Slope that I'll remember most. It was about the loss of wilderness and innocence— and the story during which my wife got cancer. That's the one that made time stand still.
Kathy and I met a blues bar in college. She had long blond hair and thought I was funny. Beautiful, graceful, and patient, she has remained my muse for 24 years, despite the thousands of times I've forced her to be photographed. She may have gotten tired of it now and then. I stopped taking pictures on the day she found that tumor in her right breast. It was the size of a hen's egg. Weirdly, it was Thanksgiving. By Christmas, the chemo had her weak and bedridden. Some days she was so sick she couldn't watch TV. One day she couldn't even talk.
Early detection saves lives. But ours was not early. By the time you can feel it yourself, it's often bigger than the doctors want it to be.
Cancer is a thief. It steals our time. Our days are already short with worry. Then comes this relentless disease, unfair as a hailstorm at harvesttime. But cancer also has the power to transform us, for good. We learn to simplify, appreciating what we have instead of lamenting what we don't. Cancer even made me a better father. My work had made me a stranger to my three kids. But now I pay attention to what really matters. This is not a race. This is a new way of life and new way of seeing, all from one malicious lump.
In the end each of us has so little time. We have less of it that we can possibly imagine. And even though it turns out that Kathy's cancer has not spread, and her prognosis is good, we try to make it all count now, appreciating every part of every day.
I've picked up my camera again. I watch the sky, searching for beautiful light. When winter storms come, Kathy and I gather our children and take the time to catch snowflakes on our tongues. After all, this is the good stuff. This is what we're living for.
(EXTRACTED FROM NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC APRIL 2008)
|Translation - Chinese|
我和Kathy 是在唸大學的時候在一間藍調酒吧裡認識的。她當時留著一頭金黃秀髮，覺得我這個人很有趣。美麗、優雅、耐心如她，儘管被我逼迫入鏡無數次，二十四年來 Kathy 始終扮演著我的女神。對此她可能偶爾也感到厭煩吧。從發現她右胸腫瘤的那一天開始，我便收起相機，從此不再拍照。那腫瘤有如雞蛋般大小，詭異的是，當天正好是感恩節。到了聖誕節，Kathy 已經因為化療而變得十分孱弱。好一陣子她虛弱得看不下電視，有一天甚至連話都講不出來。
|Master's degree - Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology, Taiwan |
|Years of translation experience: 5. Registered at ProZ.com: Aug 2008.|
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