sabato 25 settembre 2010

tradurre è...

Un frame dal film Lost in Translation.
Generally, my core belief is that you have to betray the source material to remain faithful. The Italians have the phrase, "Traduttori, Traditori," meaning, "translators, traitors," which most would read as an insult but I read as sound advice. The most important thing is that a translation can't sound like a translation, so if the original phrasing cannot be made to work, then drop it and write something different that conveys the same information and meaning. I see so many translations where there are awkward phrases which I can identify back to the source language, particularly in dialogue.

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