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Carbon Copy, Part 2

Except that this time, it is “tub”. As in bath tub, but also as in ice cream tub. So what were the German translators in Germany thinking when they read this piece of dialog: I don’t know. I’ll probably just go to the amusement park, maybe the circus. Fly a kite on the beach, watch the sunset, then I’ll head back to my place to watch any number of Disney...

Carbon Copy

I am in the process of doing final quality control on the dubbing scripts of 10 episodes of a TV series that is going to be in its third season. The translation was done in Germany by one of the better known dubbing companies. As can be expected, there are many dialogs that have a heavy English flavor, and some that are very awkwardly translated. But there is one category of errors that...

First Person Subjunctive

It is not that often that one finds the first person plural present subjunctive in the wild. The pop genre is probably not a place one would have expected it. But the The Magnetic Fields, named after the André Breton novel Les Champs Magnétiques, are not your usual band. One song on their 1999 three-volume album 69 Love Songs is entitled Nothing Matters When We’re Dancing....

Food & Entertainment

There is a link in the navigation bar on top of this blog that will take you to my professional website. My professional self sends out a news bulletin to clients, colleagues, and other subscribers three to four times a year. If you would like to subscribe, you can do so on every page of my professional website. The following is a “reprint” from my Fall 2013 news bulletin....

Replacement Character

This is not the title of a movie or a novel, but the official name of those annoying black diamonds with white question marks (�) that often show up when surfing the Web. Why are they still happening? The Web isn’t in its infancy anymore, so there should be a way to ensure that browsers display what page creators want visitors to see. The offending character, by the way, has the...

From my Bookmarks: More Terminology

Yes, I am still using bookmarks. Over the years, my bookmarking system has grown into a highly functional system of folders and sub-folders. I back up my bookmarks regularly to an area on my hard drive that itself is automatically backed up to the cloud and onto my external hard drive. In recent months, I have been working on print material and website translations for manufacturers of...

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