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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

Indonesian speakers on the green?

I'm looking for the appropriate translation of a couple of key but relatively obscure phrases for our visit to Indonesia with a baby in tow in a month's time. We'll be in Bali. [more inside]
posted by jojobobo on Dec 8, 2014 - 4 answers

Italian Culture, in and out of translation

Recommendations, please, on current Italian popular music, literature in English translation, and subtitled media. [more inside]
posted by Mngo on Dec 7, 2014 - 5 answers

Song Lyrics Translation

I'm working on a song where I'd like the chorus and the end of each verse to be in Spanish - can you translate the lines in italics? [more inside]
posted by InfidelZombie on Dec 4, 2014 - 3 answers

Anyone speak Icelandic?

What is the word or words in Icelandic for 'the redeemer' or 'redeemer'? [more inside]
posted by ZaneJ. on Nov 25, 2014 - 5 answers

Name this book, difficulty level: German translated into Russian.

For a coworker: I'm trying to track down a translated YA novel my co-worker remembered reading as a child in Russia. [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf on Nov 14, 2014 - 7 answers

What is this system called?

Please help me understand how to google this product because I don't know what search terms to use: I am looking to purchase a microphone/headset system where people in an audience can listen to someone on a microphone translating into another language a keynote speaker's presentation. [more inside]
posted by archimago on Nov 11, 2014 - 2 answers

precise dwarf bravery

I have seen the phrase "dwarf bravery" on japanese shirts a lot. What the hell concept is being mistranslated here? Does whatever japanese word or words this originates from have a real english equivalent?
posted by tehloki on Nov 10, 2014 - 7 answers

What are the French neighbours saying?

Can anyone help me with a spot of French translation? I'm subletting in Paris and I suspect my neighbours are not keen on the idea. [more inside]
posted by teststrip on Oct 31, 2014 - 15 answers

Introducing Terry Pratchett to a Japanese reader

I'm exchanging emails with a Japanese woman from Tokyo. We talked about books, and I mentioned Terry Pratchett as one of my favorite authors. She said: "His work looks interesting! Do you have a recommendation?" [more inside]
posted by mortimore on Oct 13, 2014 - 3 answers

Russian-speakers: What is Shostakovich saying in this video?

I wonder if some kind Russian-speaker could translate what Dmitri Shostakovich and Gennady Rozhdestvensky (I couldn't fit both their names into the title) are saying in this short YouTube clip. Alternatively, if an English transcript is already available somewhere and I've missed it, I'd be most grateful if you could point me toward it. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Perodicticus potto on Oct 6, 2014 - 3 answers

Need help translating quote into Latin

I would like the most accurate possible translation of "Damn the torpedoes!" into Latin. [more inside]
posted by tetralix on Oct 5, 2014 - 9 answers

Michelangelo quote translation help

A follow up to this Michelangelo quote question - Calling Italian & Urdu speakers for some translation help! [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Sep 23, 2014 - 8 answers

Kanji translation help

Can anyone tell me what this means? [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on on Sep 20, 2014 - 5 answers

Can you translate this Japanese text?

What does this writing say? [more inside]
posted by Quilford on Sep 10, 2014 - 9 answers

Can you translate this Arabic sign?

A friend saw this sign in a store and wondered what it says. Can anybody help translate? Thanks!
posted by belladonna on Sep 9, 2014 - 3 answers

Je ne suis pas un escroc.

There are countless films and TV shows (often but not always period pieces) that are set in France/Germany/Russia/Japan/etc but which feature an Anglophone cast, speaking English (with the occasional "bonjour" or whatever), playing French/German/Russian/Japanese/etc characters. What are some examples of the reverse? That is, non-English productions set in the US or UK, with e.g. French actors playing Richard Nixon or Queen Elizabeth?
posted by theodolite on Sep 9, 2014 - 9 answers

Translation for Japanese songs

I recently went through some of my music from late 90s-early 00s, and a fair amount included j-pop and j-rock. I lost all the titles and artist names, so I resorted to using an app to identify some of the songs. However... the identifiers are all in Japanese, and I have no idea. [more inside]
posted by virus_husbandry on Aug 31, 2014 - 2 answers

Inversion of "Cogito ergo sum"?

I'm reaching for a phrase for a short science fiction piece I'm working on. I'd like to know what a Classical-Latin-speaking character would say if they wanted to articulate a particular concept analogous to "I think therefore I am", but expressing instead a monstrous moral conclusion they've reached along the lines of I think therefore none may be / shall be. [more inside]
posted by churl on Aug 27, 2014 - 7 answers

Finding a great translation of a foreign book

When there are a lot of editions of a foreign book available, how do you go about finding and choosing a good translation? [more inside]
posted by spbmp on Aug 24, 2014 - 5 answers

iPad mini: worth it for translators/interpreters?

I'm a grad student/translator who's debating picking up an iPad mini. Help me decide if it's worth it when I already have a bunch of other tech. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Aug 17, 2014 - 6 answers

And what do we say when He sneezes?

Some prayers invoke blessings on God. Is there a theological justification for this, or is it a translation error? [more inside]
posted by jackbishop on Aug 1, 2014 - 13 answers

Could someone please translate a marriage record for me from Alsace 1772

I have located on-line a 1772 marriage record from Alsace, France pertaining to my family but can't make much out The image is sharp and clear enough but it looks to be in Latin. I can send a copy. Any help would be appreciated.
posted by mcbeitz on Jul 18, 2014 - 12 answers

Translations of M. Aurelius' "Meditations" - simple, readable prose?

Which of the dozens of English translations of M. Aurelius' "Meditations" is best for younger readers prioritizing beautiful, readable, lyrical and contemporary wording? Not looking for "... For Dummies"-level; just trying to avoid the KJB-style "thines" and "mayests" and so on. Willing to sacrifice textual fidelity for the most readable, accessible prose. [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Jul 9, 2014 - 10 answers

Translate a motto to Latin please?

If "art for art's sake" is "ars gratia artis", what would be the Latin translation of "fear for fear's sake"?
posted by Tom-B on Jul 7, 2014 - 4 answers

Works that need to be translated into English?

Is there a way to find out what sorts of academic materials would benefit from an original or updated English translation? I'm sure that one way to figure this out would be to know your academic discipline well. Are there other ways of determining if there is a strong need in a particular discipline for additional translation work? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Jul 2, 2014 - 6 answers

Hey, Chinese speakers . . . got a question for you

Actually, that should read "Hey, readers of Chinese script, etc". Recently, some of my neighbors took exception to the opening of a homeless shelter in my neighborhood. They held a protest. Some of the signs were in Chinese. What do these signs say in English, if you've got a moment? Many thanks in advance.
posted by jason's_planet on Jul 1, 2014 - 2 answers

How do I type out "I'm slipping" in Arabic, but using English letters?

I'm writing a story (in English) where someone speaks Arabic. All I really need is "I'm slipping" (or "I'm falling" would work fine), but I need to put that into English letters. All the online translators seem to either reject this (presumably because of conjugation & such) or they only give it to me in Arabic letters. Help?
posted by scaryblackdeath on Jul 1, 2014 - 8 answers

An English speaker's Univision World Cup Primer?

I am watching the World Cup on Univision, and am excited to understand as much of the commentary as I do, but would love to understand more. Where can I find common words/phrases? [more inside]
posted by jermsplan on Jul 1, 2014 - 8 answers

Help me translate these Chinese breaker box labels.

Mrs. Penguin and I just bought a house, but we discovered today that the circuit breaker box is labeled in a mixture of English and Chinese. We will eventually just turn them off one at a time to figure out which is which, but in the meantime can y'all translate them for me? [more inside]
posted by Elementary Penguin on Jun 28, 2014 - 3 answers

Asian text translation

Can someone decipher what this says for me. Thanks in advance.
posted by krisb1701d on Jun 23, 2014 - 3 answers

Can you translate this?

Can you translate this inscription? Click here
posted by Calicatt on Jun 20, 2014 - 6 answers

Brasilian Portuguese Translation Help

I'm a high school marching band director and our fall marching show is jazz from Cuba, Brasil, and the United States. Visually I'm using vintage postcards that someone may have sent while traveling. My translation of "Wish you were here!" is as follows... "Queria que vocĂȘ estivesse aqui!" [more inside]
posted by bach on Jun 11, 2014 - 6 answers

Translation of Chinese pen

I recently got an old fountain pen marked in Chinese. Please help translate the pen. Links to photos and more information below the fold. [more inside]
posted by ardgedee on Jun 3, 2014 - 3 answers

Accreditation and risk in Japanese-English translation in Australia

Am I correct in assuming that NAATI accreditation is not a legal prerequisite for undertaking translation work? How to mitigate risk as a freelancer? [more inside]
posted by sakahane on Jun 2, 2014 - 4 answers

Did I translate this poem into French correctly?

Did I translate this poem into French correctly? I'm looking more along the lines of grammar and vocabulary usages and so forth. (This is not a homework assignment; I just did it for fun.) [more inside]
posted by joethefob on Jun 1, 2014 - 9 answers

Website with English Translations for Vietnamese Songs?

I'd like to know the English translation for this specific song: Muoi Nam Tinh Cu, however if there is a good site that has a listing of classic Vietnamese songs with English translations, I'd love to know!
posted by travellingincognito on May 27, 2014 - 0 answers

Her finger is on the globe...

I'm translating a bit about colonial-era Amsterdam from Chinese to English in a non-fiction book. They mention a painting in the text, titled in Chinese "Goddess of Amsterdam". The content of the painting is described as "the goddess of Amsterdam with her finger on the globe, signifying that the tiny nation of Holland held the world in its breast, that it could play with the globe like a toy in the palm of its hand". I recall reading about a similar painting in the Dutch legislative halls in Mason & Dixon, but that's all I got. What is this painting called?!?!?! [more inside]
posted by saysthis on May 24, 2014 - 6 answers

What are the U.S. states and Canadian provinces in portuguese?

My google-fu is completely failing me. I am in need of the individual U.S. states and Canadian provinces in portuguese. This is for a translated book that needs each state/province in correct order. (For example, in Spanish Carolina del Sur came way before South Carolina in the English ordering.) Can anyone point me to a reference, or supply me the correct spellings?
posted by Benny Andajetz on May 24, 2014 - 4 answers

Need an accurate English to Latin translation.

A friend of mine wants to get another tattoo, and the phrase he's picked to get inked is this: "I am the angel of death, not mercy." He would like for the ink to be in Latin, so obviously he wants to make sure the translation is spot-on. Any Latin scholars able to help with this? Thank you so much!
posted by shiu mai baby on May 14, 2014 - 10 answers

Google Translate has let me down - Filipino translation help please

Its written by someone from the Philippines, but my Google research implies that that could mean one of several languages. Anyway, help much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by cantthinkofagoodname on May 8, 2014 - 5 answers

And then he said, "How do you think I rang the doorbell?"

I'm looking for examples of jokes that just don't translate. [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet on May 3, 2014 - 14 answers

Russian translation filter

I collect buttons and have acquired a set of Russian buttons. Can anyone help me with translating them? This is an imgur gallery of the buttons. Clicking on an image will zoom in. The numbers are consistent from photo to photo. Thanks for your help!
posted by sacrifix on Apr 28, 2014 - 12 answers

English to Latin translation

What is "The storm cannot be stopped; but it can be survived" in Latin?
posted by cake vandal on Apr 17, 2014 - 6 answers

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