Yearly Archives: 2013

silent night

The first time I noticed translation was probably while singing Christmas carols. We learnt to sing Silent Night in something resembling German and Welsh at primary school, and in learning Polish I realised that the fuzzy warm sound of carols I’d heard

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O!

‘Would it be of any use, now,’ thought Alice, `to speak to this mouse? Everything is so out-of-the-way down here that I should think very likely it can talk: at any rate, there’s no harm in trying.’ So she began:

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hobbit scripts

It is that time of year again – time for the next Hobbit movie, a chance to escape back into the magical world of Middle Earth. The first Hobbit film was too long, but it was also the first film I saw

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Posted in international, language, literature, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, translation, words

between two Thomases: 100 years of R. S. and Dylan

“My chief aim is to make a poem. You make it for yourself firstly, and then if other people want to join in then there we are,”  said R. S. Thomas. We’re half way through his centenary year: a Welsh

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selfie, bookshelfie

The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2013 is: Selfie (n. informal) a photograph taken of oneself and usually uploaded onto social media. From a short list which included bedroom tax (for UK speakers), binge-watch and twerk, selfie was the clear global

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twist your tongue around the world

Sometimes your tongue gets in a knot and the words just don’t come out. But if you can untangle it, you will sound fluent as never before. I tell first time visitors to Finland that they can find the lift

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like two berries

Idioms are great. But they don’t always translate easily. Finnish idioms differ from English ones according to the culture. In the land of forests, you don’t stand around uselessly like a lemon, but sit like a mushroom (“istua kuin tatti”), and

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copyleft

Sometimes you need a new word. Sometimes, the best way to make one is to turn another word on its head. Copyleft is one of those. It’s the antithesis of copyright; instead of the author keeping the rights to her

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stories in translation: UK children’s book week 2013

In the UK it is Children’s Book Week from 7-11 October. How many of those books are translated from other languages? Not many, unfortunately. Here are my top 3 for 2013: One of my favourites as a young child was

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international translation day: beyond linguistic barriers – a united world

It’s the 22nd International Translation Day today. The Congolese member of the Federation of Interpreters and Translators chose the theme “Beyond Linguistic Barriers – A United World,” because the work of TTIs (translators, terminologists and interpreters) breaks down global barriers in

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