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Old 01-03-2007, 01:26 PM   #34
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"You might be over thinking this stuff."
I might be. But when you learn the translations of a language, you get insights into the culture behind it, beyond the literal mistranslations that are so convenient. Yes, leche is milk. But then again, it also it very much*not*. You can't have "leachate" without knowing that it leached out from something, which then becomes bound to the product.
"Milk" is, I think, an objectified concept. Or at least removed further from where it comes from.

Syntax in Japanese runs the opposite of English. Translating "correctly" means reversing the syntax--but also removes the mindset. Which removes the entire flavor of a culture. Great for writing instruction manuals...lousy for literature.<G>

If you were translating ghetto rap into another manguage, would you translate "ho" as "lady" ? Of course not, by removing the culture you destroy the meaning. I sometimes find subtitles to be hilarious, because they often mangle things exactly that way.
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