Two of my friends sent a card that they picked out at our local bodega for my birthday. We had a great laugh and now we're obsessed with figuring out the message. But we can't decipher the alphabet! Help? [more inside]
I'm having a tough time working out what would be an appropriate and fair rate for a translation, given my qualifications. In the past, I've done occasional work for online translation agencies as well as some more large-scale translations (everything from memoirs to legal documents). In those cases, it was either the agency or client which suggested a rate under project specific circumstances (time-sensitive, for a non-profit with limited budget, etc.). Could any of you give me some guidelines or suggestions? [more inside]
Got a set of twelve very tiny, hand-painted Chinese clay figurines at a thrift store. Only word on the box in English says "Minjianniren". Am tearing my hair out trying to figure out where these came from. Can you make out this faded Chinese text inside the box? Or do you recognize these things? (Pics inside.) [more inside]
I have some flowers I would like to keep the gardeners from cutting, and so far telling them in person hasn't worked consistently, either because of language or turnover. I'd like to put up some signs near them in English and Spanish to make it clearer. So can anyone translate: "These [I plan to insert a picture or two] are flowers, please do not cut them back or spray weedkiller on them." If someone wants to be fancy and give translations of "heritage four o'clocks' and 'heartleaf ice plant' that I can put in for 'flowers', that would be keen, but flowers is fine. [more inside]
I want to translate the phrase "How goodly is our portion, how pleasant our lot" in Hebrew. It's possible that the original phrase was in Hebrew, since it shows up a lot in Jewish liturgical writing. I want something as close to the original as possible.
I've been a freelance Spanish interpreter & translator for a few years now in the U.S., and I've managed to create a sort-of stable lifestyle out of it, alongside another part-time job. I will be moving to the U.K. in a few months with my partner, however, and I need to start looking into the prospects across the pond. [more inside]
I'm looking for recommendations for French books by diaspora/PoC authors who have NOT been translated into English. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
Recently I got a peculiar voicemail that was entirely in Spanish or Italian, about a minute long. The woman sounds very serious, and I'm intensely curious about what it says. Once I've converted it to MP3, what's the best way of getting it translated?
My friend and I have a particular history and we want to get a buddy tattoo. Naturally I'm going to ask you to verify a translation. [more inside]
I'm looking for a good Swedish expression for "Get some cider in you!" or "Drink up your cider!" Something that sounds a little on the rural / folksy side would be best.
Can someone who speaks Korean help me translate a short statement to English pronunciation, hopefully resulting in smiles and good feelings for all? [more inside]
Translate this phrase into as many languages as possible: "Give yourself the chance to get lucky." This was essentially my favorite uncle's personal motto, and I'd like to make something special with the translations. More context inside. [more inside]
Google Translate and other online services are failing me. How would you translate this from Urdu to English? [more inside]
What is the best translation/edition of the Tao Te Ching that includes both a good English translation and the original Chinese? [more inside]
Research on voice recognition software as a translation tool: is there any? [more inside]
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!
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.
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?
If you can read Japanese, please let us know what these pants say. thanks!
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.
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!
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 ;)
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]
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]
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]
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]
Who translates the blurbs that show up in the Metacritic review summaries? [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
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?
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
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.)
How do you say "Blood and Sand" in Japanese? [more inside]
Seeking novels that have been "translated" from British English to American English. [more inside]
I recently came into possession of this brooch. I would like to know what it is. Any ideas?
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?
What is the proper translation of the words balance and autonomy? [more inside]
What is the meaning & significance of the Japanese text stamped or otherwise impressed onto the blade of this knife? Brand? Maker? Something else?
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]
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]
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!