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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Lost in Translation

My daughter and I have been listening to a lot of Latin music lately. We're both hooked on the beat and some of them just sound so romantic. Now she's taken three years of Spanish and she can just about understand what they're singing about. Me, I just listen for the rhythm and melody. I have no idea what they're talking about, but hey, they sound good! However, once in a while a song would come on that just wraps itself around my heart. You know how that happens, right?

So when that happens, I would Google the the lyrics and usually some websites also will have the English translation. Well, I was heard one song today and did that, but no luck. No one has taken the time to translate the lyrics correctly so when I clicked the 'translate this page' button, all I got was gibberish.

Those auto translators you find online are not the best because they translate literally so if you're going from say Spanish to English, you just don't get a translation that makes sense. See, you have to find someone who speaks both languages fluently so that they can word sentences so that they convey the same meaning and emotion. This is especially important with song lyrics or poetry. There is a lot that can be lost in the translation when you don't know what you're doing.

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