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« Reply #15 on: September 22, 2013, 01:43:29 PM »

Here's a good article on the difficulties of translating:
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« Reply #16 on: October 07, 2013, 09:40:02 AM »

I remember in school the local Archbishop once came and taught a class and he said one of the hardest parts of translating the Bible into modern languages is we've lost the meaning of so many colloquialisms that made perfect sense to those who used them 2,000-plus years ago, but which if taken literally mean nothing to us today, leaving translators having to both guess at the meaning and come up with a latter-day equivalent. Since language is nothing less than translating thought into word, there's always going to be an impurity to the exercise of communication, but taking a thought in one language and putting it into's a wonder anything ever comes across as clearly as it does.

Good thing anime usually gets its point across in facial expressions...

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