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Say What?

Author: Michelle A. Berdy
Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad


Sep/Oct 2015
Survival Russian
Page 26   ( 1 pages)


Summary: Every once in a while someone asks me how to translate a particular phrase, and my answer is not that it can’t be translated or that it is hard to translate, but that there’s no point in translating it: We just don’t say it that way.


Extract:

Every once in a while someone asks me how to translate a particular phrase, and my answer is not that it can’t be translated or that it is hard to translate, but that there’s no point in translating it: We just don’t say it that way.

Languages have standard phrases or clichés that are used in particular circumstances, and translating them literally, or even loosely, often just won’t make sense in another language, which has its own, different clichés.

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