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The Difficulties of Translating Comics

Drawings, cartoons, speech bubbles, onomatopoeias, visual metaphors…comic strips, comic books, manga, B.D. or bande desinée…Surely, you’ve read one. This type of artistic expression, with its characteristic format and elements, has its particularities when it comes to translation. Speech bubbles are, perhaps, one of the most characteristic elements of this type of texts. They are used […]

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How to Translate AutoCAD

Files created in AutoCAD are mostly plans and diagrams for various applications such as architecture, engineering, mechanics and other projects that require technical and precise specifications in order to design or build an object or installation. They are files with measures and instructions, and not meant for literary or artistic texts. In general, they are […]

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How to Translate InDesign Files

InDesign files require special attention in order to achieve an efficient and complete translation. This is because, unlike other file formats, the documents created with InDesign have a main file (with either an .indd or .idml extension) which contains the structure of the document. Complementing this main file are the so-called “links” and “fonts”. “Links” […]

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Visual Poetry

As a reader, poetry is easy to recognize. And it’s always such a wonderful experience to hear it read out loud. Poetry is also quite a challenge to translate; not to mention if the target language is extremely different from the original, such as sign language. But does this mean that it’s completely untranslatable? Of course […]

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Untranslatable Words from French

There are thousands of words and expressions that, for linguistic or cultural reasons, don’t have an exact equivalent in other languages. When translating, we must use our imagination and our linguistic abilities to incorporate them into the target text in the most natural way possible. In an earlier post in our collection of linguistic curiosities, […]

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