Yearly Archives: 2014

Between the Ox and the Grey Ass

This Christmas carol, Entre le boeuf et l ‘âne gris, is well loved in France, where was written in the 13th century, but not known well at all in the English-speaking world, so I couldn’t find it sung in English anywhere online. I

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Posted in Christmas, faith

tube tongues: the language at each end of the line

Sometimes someone makes you see something you know well in a new way. Oliver O’Brien’s Tube Tongues  does just that. The UCL scholar mapped all the languages spoken at each London tube stop. It’s fascinating, and great for language learners

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Posted in international, poetry, translation

Polish children’s books take on the world: find today’s lokomotywa

We always need more children’s books to delight the eye and the ear, in as many languages as possible. The Polish Dwie Siostry (two sisters) Publishing is awarding 2,500 euro to the best new one to add to their catalogue:

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Posted in books, translation

Rilke’s Advent

No-one does Advent better than the Germans. The Leo German dictionary usually has an excellent online advent calendar (in German, with poems and pictures for every day). So who better, I thought, to start Advent, than the German poet Rainer

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Posted in translation

The Newest New Words

(Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, 1872, with John Tenniel’s illustration) To be master or mistress of meanings, you need to be up to date with good sources. You might remember that the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) will deliver a new

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Posted in language

Dead poets translation society: “I was not there I don’t know”

How do you translate a dead poet? The November issue of Poetry magazine  is dedicated to translation, with translator’s notes on each poem. I made a beeline for languages I know – and found they shared a problem. The poet

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Posted in history, poetry, translation

Women on the top of the world?: Rauni Magga Lukkari

It is extremely hard to find Sámi literature in English. This could be a deliberate strategy: Sámi author Ellen Marie Vars refused to allow translations of her work into majority languages, because she wanted people to read in Sámi. The

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Posted in literature, poetry, translation
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