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The Beauty of being Lost in Translation May 4, 2012

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While I was hunting around online looking for poems to collect for National Poetry Month, I came across a fascinating article called “20 Awesomely Untranslatable Words from Around the World.” Despite the 250,000+ words currently in use in the English language, there are just certain areas where we fall short in having one concise word to describe an emotion, action, or some other experience that seems so common. Reading over the list of selected words in this article, I could relate in some way to every single one. (more…)


Lost in Tongues: The Problem of Translation October 4, 2011

Reading a work in translation always means that I have to undergo some internal adjustments.  There’s a sense that I’m coming at the story from the far end of a series of rewrites, of dubious quality and questionable fidelity.  I’m currently reading Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami, whose works I absolutely love.  There’s a niggling sense, however, that I’m not getting the whole picture here. (more…)