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The Art of Translation
By:Zubair
Date: Tuesday, 24 November 2009, 7:24 pm
In Response To: Re: What a powerless GOD? (bkanwar2)

Dear Brother Badar,

I second Br. Jawaid and applaud you for listening to his advice. You are right about Arabic and English being two different languages. And it is never easy to translate from one language to another. Nevertheless, we should not employ word to word translation. It is ugly, incomprehensible, and fails to appeal the readers. Here is my strategy. I read the original text over and over again to understand the message of the author clearly. Then, I try my best to convey the same message in other language, i.e. English. Of course I keep in mind the average reader and insure the message is comprehensible to him/her. You can do the same.

Currently, I am using “A WRITER’S REFERENCE” By Diana Hacker. It is 5th edition. You might be able to find the current edition in a local library. If you purchase the book, you will be able to use Diana Hacker’s website for online tutorials and exercises. Here is the link to her website.

http://www.dianahacker.com/resdoc/

This interesting article about the art of translation is worth reading.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=97002969

Please do not get discouraged or distracted by barking dogs. I wish we could buy some bones from a pet shop and throw at them. Then, hope they do not start fighting each other over the bones.

Zubair

Messages In This Thread

What a powerless GOD?
Badar -- Friday, 20 November 2009, 7:38 pm
Re: What a dumb translator!
Dr Abu Sayeed Husni -- Friday, 20 November 2009, 8:26 pm
Re: What a dumb translator!
Badar -- Friday, 20 November 2009, 9:32 pm
Re: What a dumb translator!
Dr Abu Sayeed Husni -- Friday, 20 November 2009, 11:34 pm
Re: What a dumb translator!
Behroz Batliwalla -- Saturday, 21 November 2009, 2:48 am
Re: What a dumb distorter!
Khadija Husain -- Saturday, 21 November 2009, 1:19 am
Re: What a dumb translator!
Dr Abu Sayeed Husni -- Friday, 20 November 2009, 11:52 pm
Re: What a dumb translator!
bkanwar2 -- Saturday, 21 November 2009, 5:24 am
Re: What a dumb translator!
Dr Abu Sayeed Husni -- Saturday, 21 November 2009, 6:05 pm
Re: What a dumb translator!
bkanwar2 -- Saturday, 21 November 2009, 7:02 pm
Re: What a dumb translator!
Dr Abu Sayeed Husni -- Sunday, 22 November 2009, 12:06 am
Re: What a dumb translator!
Arif Shamim -- Sunday, 22 November 2009, 6:27 pm
Re: What a dumb translator!
bkanwar2 -- Monday, 23 November 2009, 3:06 am
Re: What a dumb translator!
shahalam -- Saturday, 21 November 2009, 10:25 pm
Re: What a dumb translator!
Behroz Batliwalla -- Sunday, 22 November 2009, 12:25 am
Re: What a dumb translator!
shahalam -- Sunday, 22 November 2009, 12:51 am
Can we create light from dung?
Zubair -- Sunday, 22 November 2009, 2:45 am
Re: Can we create light from dung?
Mehnaz -- Sunday, 22 November 2009, 4:11 am
Re: Can we create light from dung?
Behroz Batliwalla -- Sunday, 22 November 2009, 4:36 pm
Re: Can we create light from dung?
shahalam -- Sunday, 22 November 2009, 7:58 pm
The thread above will be deleted
Moderators -- Sunday, 22 November 2009, 3:06 am
Re: Please don't delete!
Umar -- Sunday, 22 November 2009, 5:37 am
Re: Please don't delete!
Insaan Khan -- Sunday, 22 November 2009, 11:55 pm
Re: The thread above will be deleted
Muhammad Rafi -- Monday, 23 November 2009, 5:26 am
Re: What a powerless GOD?
Jawaid Ahmed -- Tuesday, 24 November 2009, 9:35 am
Re: What a powerless GOD?
Umar -- Tuesday, 24 November 2009, 2:34 pm
Re: What a powerless GOD?
bkanwar2 -- Tuesday, 24 November 2009, 3:39 pm
The Art of Translation
Zubair -- Tuesday, 24 November 2009, 7:24 pm
Dogs & Khinzeers
Sultan Mahmood -- Tuesday, 24 November 2009, 8:18 pm
Dogs Are Wonderful
Zubair -- Tuesday, 24 November 2009, 9:19 pm
Re: Dogs Are Wonderful
Sultan Mahmood -- Wednesday, 25 November 2009, 1:52 am
Re: Dogs Are Wonderful
Jawaid Ahmed -- Wednesday, 25 November 2009, 9:20 am
Re: The Art of Translation
bkanwar2 -- Tuesday, 24 November 2009, 8:44 pm
The curse of distortion
Dr Abu Sayeed Husni -- Wednesday, 25 November 2009, 1:37 am
Re: The curse of distortion
Khadija Husain -- Wednesday, 25 November 2009, 2:05 am
Re: The curse of distortion
Razi -- Wednesday, 25 November 2009, 6:22 am
Re: The curse of distortion
Waqas Raja -- Wednesday, 25 November 2009, 6:59 am
Re: The curse of distortion
Saadia Khan, Norway -- Thursday, 26 November 2009, 12:54 am
Re: What a powerless GOD?
Lateef -- Tuesday, 15 December 2009, 3:11 am