Translation is a Puzzle

03/03/2016

Translation is never quite as simple as people believe it will be.  Common comments and questions translators hear are such things as:

“Does it really take that long to translate that? The text is only short.”

“Why didn’t you study [insert language here]?”

“What does [insert word without context here] mean? But you’re a translator! How do you not know?!”

“I studied [insert language here] at school, I think I’ll start doing some translation work for extra money.”

“What languages do you know?” [Translator answers] “Oh, is that all?!”