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Source texts used in ProZ.com translation contests are generally short literary texts or excerpts of general appeal. By proposing a source text in your native language, you can help to ensure that others who translate from that language to other languages can participate in upcoming contests.
A suitable source text for a contest has the following characteristics:
  • It is about 300 - 400 words in length.
  • It is very well-written.
  • It is rich with sentences or expressions that can be translated in any of a number of ways (when there are several areas open to interpretation, a chance is provided for translators of that text to distinguish themselves).
  • It has a measure of completeness or closure in itself (even if it is an excerpt from a longer text)
  • Its content is of general interest.
  • In terms of translation difficulty, it is reasonably challenging, but not too complex.
  • It does not contain too many highly-specialized terms (words that a native speaker of the language would have to look up in a dictionary to understand).
  • Ideally, the first sentence of the text is one that immediately catches the reader's interest.
  • It may contain cultural elements that add additional challenge and interest.
  • There is no legal impediment to using the text in a contest (either because the text is out of copyright, or permission to use the text has been obtained).
  • Previous translations of the text are not readily obtainable.
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Proposed texts

LanguageTitle/attributionFeedbackProposer
Albanian"Vajza që nuk nuhaste" by Aurora Kenga
aurolita82
aurolita82
Albania
(Native in Albanian)
ArabicFrom: "Al-Nazaraat" by Mustafa Lutfi Al-Manfaluti
jehd mahdi
United Kingdom
(Native in Arabic)
ArabicThe National
mrachidi
mrachidi
United States
(Native in Arabic)
ArabicFeeling with pain in Medicine and Quran
romio0
Palestine
(Native in Arabic)
Armenian"Mtnadzor" by Aksel Bakunts
(Native in Armenian)
BulgarianНема такава държава by Slavi Trifonov and the Ku-Ku Band
Peter Skipp
Peter Skipp
Bulgaria
(Native in Bulgarian)
BulgarianА дано, ама надали by Grafa and Mihaela Fileva and Venzy
Peter Skipp
Peter Skipp
Bulgaria
(Native in Bulgarian)
BulgarianНощна песен
(Native in Bulgarian)
BulgarianFrom "Дванайсте минути любов/ История с танго" by Капка Касабова
(Native in Bulgarian)
ChineseFrom 革命时期的爱情 by 王小波
(Not native in Chinese)
ChineseFrom "Red Rose and White Rose" by Eileen Chang
haifaforever
United States
(Native in Chinese)
CroatianFrom "Za prozorskim staklom (Tragedija jedne djevojke)" by Ivan Goran Kovačić
(Native in Croatian)
DutchTitle: Aljaska en de Canada-spoorweg From "De Aarde en haar volken", Jaargang 1892
Irenay
Slovenia
(Not native in Dutch)
EnglishDemocracy is Coming to the U.S.A. from the album The Future by Leonard Cohen
Peter Skipp
Peter Skipp
Bulgaria
(Native in English)
EnglishStory of the Buddha
(Not native in English)
EnglishHousehold Water
mrachidi
mrachidi
United States
(Native in English)
Englishvietnamese translation
phatkhoa
phatkhoa
Vietnam
(Not native in English)
Farsi (Persian)این ارزش‌ها را به فرزندانتان بیاموزید
(Native in Farsi (Persian))
Farsi (Persian)یلدا
(Native in Farsi (Persian))
Farsi (Persian)تاریخچه چهارشنبه سوری توسط حسین حسینی پناه در دوشنبه دوازدهم اسفند 1387
(Not native in Farsi (Persian))
French"Comment gérer son deuil" by Daniel NDENGUE
Dany Patrick
Dany Patrick
Cameroon
(Native in French)
German„Max und Helen“ von Simon Wiesenthal
(Not native in German)
Gujarati"Post Office" By Dhoomketu, Gourishankar Joshi
(Native in Gujarati)
HungarianAdapted from "Kincsem, a magyar csoda ló", Erdekesvilag.hu
Zsofia Koszegi-Nagy
Zsofia Koszegi-Nagy
United Kingdom
(Native in Hungarian)
HungarianFrom 'The most famous female inventors and their inventions / A leghíresebb női feltalálók és találmányaik", Erdekesvilag.hu
Zsofia Koszegi-Nagy
Zsofia Koszegi-Nagy
United Kingdom
(Native in Hungarian)
ItalianLa sardina Rocchina
(Not native in Italian)
JapaneseFrom "刺靑 (Shisei)" by 谷崎潤一郞 (Junichiro Tanizaki)
(Not native in Japanese)
KazakhAl Farabi
(Native in Kazakh)
KazakhAl Farabi
(Native in Kazakh)
KurdishThe flute player
(Not native in Kurdish)
PanjabiDangers to environment during globalisation by Dr Tejinder Virli
(Native in Panjabi)
Persian (Farsi)پیدایش جشن نوروز
(Native in Persian (Farsi))
Persian (Farsi)تاریخچه چهارشنبه سوری نوشته شده توسط حسین حسینی پناه در دوشنبه دوازدهم اسفند 1387
(Not native in Persian (Farsi))
Persian (Farsi)فستیوال گوجه فرگی
(Not native in Persian (Farsi))
PolishFrom "Hasło kobiety-obywatelki" by Jadwiga Jahołkowska
(Native in Polish)
PolishFrom "Opis obyczajów za panowania Augusta III" by Jędrzej Kitowicz
(Native in Polish)
PolishFrom "Słowa cienkie i grube" by Tadeusz Boy-Żeleński
(Native in Polish)
Portuguese (EU)From my own personal literary website, by Tiago Santos Lima (me)
(Native in Portuguese (EU))
Portuguese (EU)A Terceira Margem do Rio, by Guimarães Rosa (Brazilian writer)
(Native in Portuguese (EU))
Portuguese (EU)Brazilian National Anthem / Hino Nacional do Brasil, Written by/Letra: Joaquim Osório Duque Estrada, 1909. Composed by/Composição: Francisco Manuel da Silva, 1822
(Not native in Portuguese (EU))
Portuguese (EU)Antes de julgar a minha vida ou meu caráter
(Native in Portuguese (EU))
RussianАлександр Блок "В дюнах"
Ekaterina Khovanovitch
Ekaterina Khovanovitch
Russian Federation
(Native in Russian)
RussianFrom "Школа в Кармартене" by Анна Коростелева
(Native in Russian)
Russian«Божественная комедия» Данте (отрывок)
(Native in Russian)
RussianThe Doomed city Arcady and Boris Strugatsky
(Not native in Russian)
SpanishFrom "Romero a Roma" by Bruno Moreno Ramos [399 words, I confirm that I have obtained permission to use the text and that there are no previous translations of the text]
(Native in Spanish)
SpanishTransparencias by Xinia Estrada (I am the author of the proposed text)
(Native in Spanish)
SpanishFrom "Tierras Móviles" by Tania Damianoff
tania damianoff
United States
(Native in Spanish)
SpanishFrom "Tierras Móviles" by Tania Damianoff
tania damianoff
United States
(Native in Spanish)
SpanishTierras Móviles by Tania Damianoff
tania damianoff
United States
(Native in Spanish)
TagalogKwento ng Sundalong Patpat by Virgilio Almario
dld102
Philippines
(Native in Tagalog)
TamilFrom "Arthamulla Inthu matham " by Kannadasan
(Native in Tamil)
ThaiFrom "Domain Names 101" by HoaxThsi.com
jatturaput
Thailand
(Not native in Thai)
UkrainianFrom "Anthem of Ukraine" by Oleksandr Nahornyy
Olexa
Olexa
Ukraine
(Native in Ukrainian)
UrduFrom My about health article
Dil Chohan
Dil Chohan
Pakistan
(Native in Urdu)
UrduFrom the summary of the 1,300 year old epic Alif Laila (الف لیلہ)
ultraali456
ultraali456
Pakistan
(Not native in Urdu)



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