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Too bad I can't just ask Siri...

Research on voice recognition software as a translation tool: is there any? [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Nov 27, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me translate / interpret this astrology chart (in Japanese)

I'm starting to study a life-cycle science called Sanmeigaku (Japanese Astrology). I'm slowly translating a book about it with a friend but we found out this table and we're stumped. It seems to be important to determine the correct meaning of the readings. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
posted by Matrod on Nov 18, 2015 - 3 answers

German phrase

When Rilke says, "Vielleicht, daß ich durch schwere Berge gehe / in harten Adern, wie ein Erz allein," does his last phrase mean "like an ore [moves], alone" or "alone like an ore" or "like only an ore [can move]"? Translators seem to all assume the first.
posted by kalapierson on Nov 11, 2015 - 12 answers

How would one say "slutty angels" in Latin?

A friend is hosting a horror movie night this Friday, and even though it's an otherwise Halloween-themed get-together, the invitation specified "Don't wear your slutty angel costume; this is not that kind of party." So my partner and I have decided we need to wear wings and get t-shirts made that say something approximating "slutty angels" in Latin. (Or "wanton" or "lascivious" or whatever is actually translatable.) I'd like it to be at least nominally grammatical. Help?
posted by psoas on Oct 25, 2015 - 7 answers

small Japanese translation

If you can read Japanese, please let us know what these pants say. thanks!
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Oct 15, 2015 - 10 answers


I have, by happenstance, come into possession of a small statue of a samurai that came with a little wooden sign with some Japanese writing on it. I'm sure one of you can easily translate it for me, and for that I would be grateful.
posted by prize bull octorok on Oct 8, 2015 - 1 answer

What are these Germans saying?

By no means do I need a word-for-word translation or anything, but what is generally going on in this video? That is, what is the gist of what the introducer is saying, and when Pit Hartling comes on stage, what is he explaining about the Rubik's Cube before he does the flourish at the end? What, indeed, is this event? Thanks for your help, German speakers!
posted by sappidus on Oct 4, 2015 - 4 answers

Ancient Greek Inscription help needed

We are painting a 40-foot mural for a children's swimming pool. It will (sort of inevitably) include Atlantis themes, and we want to include a little joke in the form of an Ancient Greek inscription that says something like "always blow your bubbles" (something the instructors are always telling the little kids as part of their swimming instruction). Can you help translate this into the correct glyphs? Would be nice if it could avoid being translatable as "never stop farting" but one cannot have everything, I know ;)
posted by aesop on Sep 20, 2015 - 2 answers

Why use a sentence instead of "anónimamente"?

On New York City building sites, why does the Spanish signage say "No tiene que dar su nombre" instead of using the Spanish adverb for "anonymously"? [more inside]
posted by brainwane on Sep 17, 2015 - 22 answers

Universal English

Is there any sort of dictionary or text corpora that outline which of a number of synonyms are the most universally understood by other language speakers or the least colloquial? [more inside]
posted by Iteki on Sep 14, 2015 - 6 answers

How to approach translating a company's website from English to Spanish

My company is investigating translating a web site we work on into Spanish, and might even be looking into getting messages from website users translated from Spanish into English (and vice versa). We are large enough to have a real budget to do this professionally, but no one has done this before so we’re not sure where to start and what our options are. Talk me through the steps I should take to start investigating this. [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Sep 8, 2015 - 13 answers

IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) to Audio Website?

Is there a website where you can paste in something spelled in International Phonetic Alphabet script (usually surrounded by forward slashes) and hear the audio pronunciation? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Aug 22, 2015 - 1 answer

How does Metacritic translate foreign language reviews?

Who translates the blurbs that show up in the Metacritic review summaries? [more inside]
posted by pravit on Aug 11, 2015 - 0 answers

Turkish Hip-Hop Translation: Roadside Picnic

I recently interviewed a Turkish band who introduced me to the group 'Roadside Picnic', who make fantastic, alluring left-field hip-hop. I've been hopelessly hooked on this live version of what I presume is a new song from the duo. It's titled "Bir Ustamızın Havası", and I'd love to know what the song is talking about. [more inside]
posted by beijingbrown on Jul 28, 2015 - 0 answers

Help translating a flyer from English to Portuguese

I have volunteered to help out with a thing, and now I have a (short) bit of text that I am hoping someone can translate from English into Portuguese for me. [more inside]
posted by janepanic on Jul 28, 2015 - 3 answers

Translation of Hebrew Signage on Small Building

There is this odd little building in my neighborhood and I would really like to know what the sign on it says and what it could possibly be used for. I saw it being built over the past year, but I have no clue what it is. Here is the building and this is the sign on front.
posted by Julnyes on Jul 21, 2015 - 5 answers

Ég tala ekki íslensku. How do you say "subtitles" in Icelandic?

I... well you see... okay, can we just accept that I have a reason for asking this? I don't speak Icelandic (I even have a t-shirt to attest to that fact). Google Translate is ambivalent, suggesting either "texti" or "Undirtitill" or just throwing up its hands depending on how I phrase it. Are you from Iceland? What do you call the words on the bottom of the screen that translate what a character is saying? Kattullus, are you out there?
posted by Naberius on Jul 17, 2015 - 3 answers

Latin Translation

Need help translating a phrase into Latin - "Efficiency in all things." Google Translate says it's "efficiendum est omnia" but I don't trust it 100% and want to avoid ending up with the Latin equivalent of "Macho Business Donkey Wrestler" as a motto.
posted by robocop is bleeding on Jul 13, 2015 - 13 answers

How do you edit foreign-language dialogue in a documentary?

I'm working on a documentary project where much of the dialogue is in Bengali and we plan to subtitle it in English. We have transcripts of everything but the editing process is still challenging: we don't know exactly how to cut the clips we need so that the dialogue still makes sense in the native language (respecting grammatical structure, etc.) Is there a standard way this is done? [more inside]
posted by goingonit on Jul 8, 2015 - 3 answers

Can someone translate this Chinese text for me?

One of my ELL students wrote this in my yearbook and I don't know what it says-- it's probably not overly exciting but I would like to know what she wrote. [more inside]
posted by sadtomato on Jun 21, 2015 - 4 answers

Murakami, Translation, and Descriptions of Food?

Would the Japanese text of a Murakami novel bother elaborating that oyakodon is "rice topped with chicken and eggs" - or is that bit of text added by the translator for the benefit of foreign-language (English, in this case) readers? [more inside]
posted by unmake on Jun 20, 2015 - 6 answers

Hindi translation mystery

I'm trying to figure out the proper Hindi translation for "courage, dear heart". Google Translate gives me a few options, depending on whether I capitalize, add commas, etc, etc, and I'm trying to figure out the difference between them so I can figure out which is correct. I'd really like to get it right! Translations below the break: [more inside]
posted by anoncanuck on Jun 15, 2015 - 30 answers

My first ink: please don't let Google Translate muck it up.

In a week or so, I'm getting my first tat, and I'm seeking proficient Thai speakers to help me avoid an unfortunate 'choice.' Yep, that's the word in question. [more inside]
posted by moonbird on Jun 1, 2015 - 2 answers

Where can I find a phone or in person interpreter for Hakka Chinese?

I'm looking for someone to help me communicate with my Chinese grandmother who only speaks Hakka, a dialect spoken in her village in Hong Kong. Is there somewhere I could find someone to help me interpret over the phone? We are in Sydney Australia, but would be happy for help from anywhere. [more inside]
posted by strekker on May 24, 2015 - 5 answers

Document translation Services for the Green Card process.

Does anybody on the green know of an individual or company that can translate documents from Spanish to English for green card immigration purposes. The form states that "a full English translation that the translator has certified is correct, and by the translators certification that they are comptent to translate foreign language into English" is needed. Nothing specific on what certification.
posted by Coffee Bean on May 19, 2015 - 7 answers

Chinese translation needed for special painting

My father passed a few months ago and left behind a painting that he picked up while residing in China many decades ago. We don't know much about the story behind the painting but would at least like to know what the artist's name was. Can anyone tell us what the Chinese on the painting says? Picture links inside. [more inside]
posted by Papagayo on May 6, 2015 - 2 answers

Subterranean Flety Blues

I was recently gifted a tape of underground folk music from the Soviet hippies ("sistema") of the late 1970s. I'd like some help figuring out the lyrics to this Dylanesque tune. Hive mind, can you help? (Note: I don't know a word of Russian myself.)
posted by mykescipark on Apr 27, 2015 - 2 answers

Japan-filter: From Bullfighting to Kurosawa in a Cocktail

How do you say "Blood and Sand" in Japanese? [more inside]
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey on Apr 22, 2015 - 11 answers

Two countries divided by a common language

Seeking novels that have been "translated" from British English to American English. [more inside]
posted by donajo on Apr 18, 2015 - 14 answers

Please help me identify this (possibly) Chinese brooch

I recently came into possession of this brooch. I would like to know what it is. Any ideas?
posted by mortimore on Mar 21, 2015 - 6 answers

What can you tell me about this tabernacle scroll?

According to my grandmother, this scroll was given to her by a client many years ago. Apparently, the client was actually present when items from a tabernacle were being burned during WW2. He rolled up this scroll and secreted it away safely, until he decided to gift it to grandma. Years later, she had a client who was a rabbi, and he first told her it was hung upside down, and then identified the scroll as being a particular story. Grandma says she thinks it was either Joseph's Coat or Jacob's Ladder, but she can't remember which. Can anybody tell what it is, or provide any other information?
posted by gilrain on Mar 16, 2015 - 5 answers

Need help for correct translation of two words from English to Italian.

What is the proper translation of the words balance and autonomy? [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 on Mar 12, 2015 - 14 answers

What does my knife say?

What is the meaning & significance of the Japanese text stamped or otherwise impressed onto the blade of this knife? Brand? Maker? Something else?
posted by kenko on Mar 12, 2015 - 3 answers

French song translation help

Lately I've been enjoying Grenadine's eponymous album. But my French is non-existent, and I can't find lyrics anywhere. What are these songs about, anyway? [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Mar 5, 2015 - 5 answers

LatinFilter: help me modify this latin… phrase?

The text on at 19th century English shilling includes the text "GEORGIUS III • DEI GRATIA" What would the translation be if, instead of "the grace of God" I wanted it to say, "the grace of The Swan?" [more inside]
posted by TangoCharlie on Feb 27, 2015 - 4 answers

Help me translate station wagon to French and Spanish!

What do people in France, Spain, and Mexico call a (station) wagon in common usage in their native languages? Is "break" correct for France? I think I'm missing the subtleties when Googling here. (And "estate" is correct for the UK, right?) Thank you!
posted by jroybal on Feb 23, 2015 - 11 answers

Multi-language books

I'm putting together a book that contains text in all the United Nations languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. I've had each text proofread individually, but now I'm sitting wondering. How can I make sure I haven't missed something blindingly obvious in the formatting or layout of the entire book? [more inside]
posted by ntk on Feb 13, 2015 - 2 answers

Help needed picking the CD version to import - choices are in Japanese

I just received a CD of songs based on the Yotsuba& manga. When I go to import it into iTunes, I'm given two choices, and since I can't read Japanese, I'm not sure which to choose. [more inside]
posted by ralan on Feb 13, 2015 - 9 answers

Chinese/Taishanese translation for short bits of a news report?

I'll provide the link in the extended, but in a 2 minute news report for a local culinary school I'm interested in knowing what the student is saying in Chinese and I'm wondering if I can get any help in that regard. This report is from a San Francisco Chinese-language news station, and I expect the students are just talking about their intended careers and the school experience, but would love to know precisely what they're saying. Can anyone help out? [more inside]
posted by kalessin on Feb 13, 2015 - 5 answers

Can anyone translate the Georgian lyrics to this Giya Kancehli song?

Here is the song, entitled "Yellow Leaves" I looked high and low and couldn't find an English translation. Any help appreciated. Even better, if you find (or translate) - laying out the Georgian and English lyric line-by-line would be awesome. Many thanks, in advance, for any help on this!
posted by Vibrissae on Jan 31, 2015 - 3 answers

Finding translation customers at trade fair?

How do I network/find new customers at a consumer trade fair, and is it a good idea at all? [more inside]
posted by runincircles on Jan 23, 2015 - 2 answers

Most efficient way to translate audio to subtitles

I've volunteered to translate a few talks, from English to Spanish, so the translation can be included in video as subtitles. I was just given the audio to work with. I've only ever done text-to-text translation before, so I have no idea how to start on working with audio-to-subtitles. Please help. [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade on Jan 23, 2015 - 4 answers

We need a motto. It should be in Latin so it can look good on a crest.

My husband and I would like a good Latin translation for "Doing it Right. Right Now." You could also punctuate it this way: "Doing it right right now" [more inside]
posted by nosila on Jan 18, 2015 - 7 answers

Why yes, it's because of Hogfather. Why do you ask?

How does Death speak in Discworld translations into non-alphabetical scripts? [more inside]
posted by DoctorFedora on Dec 25, 2014 - 6 answers

Best way to organize a bilingual comic book

I am trying to write a memoir comic book about my time in Cairo, Egypt. I'm in the very beginning planning stages, and am trying to figure out the best way to make both an English and Arabic version. I'm planning on drawing the comic by hand on paper and using water color (here is a preliminary version of the first page to give an idea of what the comic will look like), but I would appreciate advise on how to set myself up so that I can easily add the text in another language at a later stage. More questions inside? [more inside]
posted by Corduroy on Dec 20, 2014 - 7 answers

Please translate this mug

Can any [Japanese? Chinese?] speaker please translate this mug? I realize I only have a pic of one side of it, but it would be nice to know the gist of what it says. Thanks!!
posted by Dr. Send on Dec 18, 2014 - 4 answers

How can I translate a Japanese PDF?

I need a quick translation of a pamphlet in Japanese. It doesn't have that much text, but has several pages of annotated pictures. The text is part of the image and I can't highlight and copy it. Normally, when I need a translation, I use a service called Gengo, but they only take text. Does anyone know a) how I could extract Japanese text from a PDF or b) where I could find someone to quickly (even roughly) translate this? Thanks!
posted by three_red_balloons on Dec 15, 2014 - 9 answers

This doesn't seem to mean much... or does it?

Asking for someone else: What does "wall-to-wall crystal" mean in the description of a watch? This is for translations purposes. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 15, 2014 - 8 answers

Talk To Me About Translating Web Sites

I'm working on a web site proposal that includes a subset of pages that need to be translated into 8 languages. How do I estimate the level of effort on translation? [more inside]
posted by COD on Dec 12, 2014 - 9 answers

Japanese translation - what does it say on this wood block art?

Could a kind Japanese speaker please translate these characters? Years ago at a street market in Nara I bought these two simple pieces of wood, which were both hand-painted with kanji and a picture of a cat. I just loved the cheeky face of the cat but I've always wondered what the characters say. [more inside]
posted by boosh on Dec 10, 2014 - 4 answers

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