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  1. Milanina

    Translation mistakes

    I can understand bad translations - it indicates that the translator lacks the knowledge or that they've resorted to an automated translation. What I cannot understand is when there is a difference in numbers - for example I've seen instructions of fireworks advising different safety distances or a booking website advising different occupancy in the hotel room in different languages. I don't understand why a translator would change the number....
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  2. Thanks for the tips. When you're starting out learning a new language, it really is hard. Things sort of get easier as you move along and get familiar with the language and every tip and trick helps.
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  3. Yes you do have a point there. Reading children's books are so simply written, you will easily understand and translate it to your native language so that you can understand it. I think you don't even have to go to your local library to find them. You can easily find them online in pdf form if you just google it.
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  4. There is a stereotype (at least, it definitely exists in my country) that humanities (languages, literature, history) and sciences (maths, physics, chemistry) are mutually exclusive: if a person is good at one, he/she is bad at the other. What do you think about that? Of course, it's just a generalization and everyone knows people who are talented in many various areas. What's more, the part of the brain responsible for languages is also responsible for logic and mathematics. Still, I think there's no smoke without a fire. Unfortunately, I fit into this stereotype perfectly - maths had been my
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  5. This sounds like a fab idea, especially for absolute beginners! I too never gave it a thought, but I imagine it would bevery effective in nicely and gently easing you into your chosen language because really, because you're taking your learning process to the most basic form of learning. Sometimes this way of learning is the best technique to adopt, even for adults. Thanks for sharing, it's definitely something I'll consider in the future
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  6. Thanks for that tip. I've never actually thought to do that. That sounds like such a simple and yet super effective way to start to learn a new language. Rather than go to a library though, I think it might save you more time and money to just google and download free ebooks on your phone, that way you can have them accessible to you wherever you are.
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  7. gracerph

    Translation mistakes

    I encounter translation mistakes most of the time, from products I buy to subtitles in a movie or show. I usually just smile about it and sometimes I would even laugh it out but if you really come to think about it in a professional way, it could sometimes impact a business or a company in a very negative way. Wrong translations could turn off some customers or patrons of a product because they could give people a sense of unprofessionalism on the part of the business or company. A very big company or business is expected to have a very good translator because people know that they could affor
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  8. I actually posted about this in the French section because I was wondering if anyone knew where I could get some. My best friend and I used to get TinTin books out of the library that were in French. Our rudimentary knowledge was barely enough to comprehend half of what was going on, but we would dig out our dictionaries and look up new words. It was a fantastic way to learn! i actually hadn't thought to look at the library where I live now, so thank you for reminding me. I'm not sure they would though. We were closer to Canada where I grew up, so I think that was why there were some Fre
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  9. John Snort

    Choosing A Language

    For me the reason I'd want to learn a language isn't because there are many people who speak the language. I'd learn the language or at the very least enough to permit me to get by asking for directions because I do travel a lot (solo) and getting lost is almost a given as I try to find my way around. So I always choose to learn the language spoken in the country I'll be visiting.
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  10. reverserewind

    Translation mistakes

    Well, sometimes it' really impossible to provide an accurate translation. That's where the skills become key. You have to slightly change the original meaning with no drastic change in the overall message.
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