ProZ.com translation contests »
11th ProZ.com translation contest: "Contemporary society" » English to Arabic

Competition in this pair is now closed, and the winning entry has been announced.

Discussion and feedback about the competition in this language pair may now be provided by visiting the "Discussion & feedback" page for this pair. Entries may also be individually discussed by clicking the "Discuss" link next to any listed entry.
 
 

Source text in English

We're accustomed to glamour in London SE26: Kelly Brook and Jason Statham used to live above the dentist. But when Anouska Hempel's heels hit the cracked cement of the parking space outside my flat, it's hard not to think of those Picture Post photographs of royalty visiting bombed-out families during the second world war. Her mission in my modest tract of suburbia is, however, about more than offering sympathy. Hempel—the woman who invented the boutique hotel before it bore any such proprietary name—has come to give me information for which, judging by the spreads in interiors magazines and anxious postings on online DIY forums, half the property-owners in the Western world seem desperate: how to give an ordinary home the look and the vibe of a five-star, £750-a-night hotel suite. To Hem­pelise, in this case, a modest conversion flat formed from the middle slice of a three-storey Victorian semi.

"You could do it," she says, casting an eye around my kitchen. "Anyone could do it. Absolutely no reason why not. But there has to be continuity between the rooms. A single idea must be followed through." She looks out wistfully over the fire escape. "And you'd have to buy the house next door, of course." That's a joke. I think.

...

It's worth pausing, though, to consider the oddness of this impulse. The hotel room is an amnesiac space. We would be troubled if it bore any sign of a previous occupant, particularly as many of us go to hotels in order to do things we would not do at home. We expect a hotel room to be cleaned as thoroughly as if a corpse had just been hauled from the bed. (In some cases, this will actually have happened.) The domestic interior embodies the opposite idea: it is a repository of memories. The story of its inhabitants ought to be there in the photos on the mantelpiece, the pictures on the wall, the books on the shelves. If hotel rooms were people, they would be smiling lobotomy patients or plausible psychopaths.

The winning entry has been announced in this pair.

There were 12 entries submitted in this pair during the submission phase, 3 of which were selected by peers to advance to the finals round. The winning entry was determined based on finals round voting by peers.

Competition in this pair is now closed.


Entries (12 total; 3 finalists) Expand all entries

Entry #13018 — Discuss 0
Abdallah Ali
Abdallah Ali
United Kingdom
Winner
Voting points1st2nd3rd
368 x42 x20
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry2.672.67 (3 ratings)2.67 (3 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 2 users entered 11 "like" tags
  • 3 users agreed with "likes" (9 total agrees)
  • 3 users disagreed with "likes" (5 total disagrees)
+2
يقطنان
Good term selection
Majed Jarrar
-1
1
الفنادق ذات الرفاهيّة المُتميّزة
Flows well
dina jamal
-1
+2
1
المُسمّى أي صفّة تجاريّة مُسجّلة
Flows well
Majed Jarrar
أمسّ الحاجة إليها
Flows well
dina jamal
والتساؤلات المتلهّفة
Flows well
dina jamal
مُصمَّم على الطراز الفكتور
Flows well
dina jamal
ولِمَ لا
Flows well
Majed Jarrar
-1
+1
1
شابها الوجوم
Good term selection
Majed Jarrar
+1
النزوة
Good term selection
Majed Jarrar
-2
+1
1
مكانٌ ليس به ما يدعو للذكريات
Flows well
Majed Jarrar
+2
ما كنّا لنفعلها في منازلنا
Flows well
Majed Jarrar
Entry #12919 — Discuss 0
Finalist
Voting points1st2nd3rd
345 x47 x20
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry2.002.00 (4 ratings)2.00 (4 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 2 users entered 6 "like" tags
  • 3 users agreed with "likes" (11 total agrees)
  • 3 users disagreed with "likes" (5 total disagrees)
-3
+1
2
فخامة القطاع 26 من جنوب شرق لندن
Flows well
dina jamal
-1
+3
1
تبادرت إلى ذهني
Flows well
Abdallah Ali
+1
كيفية إضفاء مظهر و جاذبية
Flows well
dina jamal
-1
+2
بإضفاء لمسة السيدة هيمبل
Good term selection
Abdallah Ali
+2
للنظر في غرابة هذه النزوة
Flows well
Abdallah Ali
+2
النزلاء
Flows well
dina jamal