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Needing Help With Translating

Just a few days ago a recent friend, Majory, started translating on the Immersion area, and I decided to give it a try. Now when I translate I get everything mixed up. It’s hard to decide what the sentence really means, or is it literal, word-for-word. I’m translating Spanish sentences. I started with La Larva, but didn’t like the translating topic, yet that’s the only post that worked for me. Help?

3 years ago

9 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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To your other question, make it as natural as possible in English without being too loose with words and such. It is definitely not literal except in certain cases such as one-word terms.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger
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Hello laspanishgirl! I wanted to give you a couple quick tips that have greatly helped me recently while translating.

Tip #1: Have a good basic understanding of the language first. For me, this meant completing my Spanish tree while continually practicing the lessons for 60 days. You can progress in Immersion without doing so, however, you may find it a bit more challenging.

Tip #2: Everything is a matter of context. You will be better able to ascertain how to translate what the author meant if you are knowledgeable about the subject of the article. So, look for articles that have subjects you are interested in. That being said, continue to challenge yourself sometimes. If you pick translations that are out of your comfort zone, you will expand your knowledge.

Tip #3: Find other translators that can help you. It is good that you have a friend who is also interested in translating. Choose an article to work on together. When it is finished you can go over each others' translations. Edit them when you feel it is necessary, up-vote and provide feedback in the comment section. In this way, we will better ourselves and one another. Teamwork!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jabramsohn
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Find a Spanish document that you would like to work on, and upload it to immersion! You can either have a document on your computer or simply a link to a webpage. That way, you choose the topic yourself. Just make sure the document/webpage is not copyrighted.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vcel10
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If you're a Level 5 (or any level) I would consider these 10 quotes about translation. After reading some many professional bilingual documents I realize that there's an art and science to translation that I'm not going to reach until I become really familiar with the nuances of the language. Some documents are easier and more straight forward than others but if you're still trying to grasp your target L2 . . . I would stray away from translation. It may add more confusion than understanding.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Common-Wealth
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Translating takes a lot of work before it becomes natural. Just take it one step at a time. Of course you'll want to know what each word in a phrase means, but also keep in the back of your mind that language is made of statements, not just words, so sometimes statements will have word for word literal meaning when translated into your native language, other times statements are metaphorical in some regards so you may have to step back from word to word translating and see what the statement is expressing at an abstract or metaphorical level in order to translate accurately.

As Alexis states, starting with topics that interest you is a good way to start off since it's more effort in the beginning. I'd find a short article about something that you're passionate about to upload.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/likeboys

then how'd it help you get a job, you probably need help translating english because you're from kenya

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/laspanishgirl

I am not from kenya.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/laspanishgirl

I don’t know where you got that idea.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/laspanishgirl

plus I speak english

3 years ago