Found in Translation: How Language Shapes Our Lives and Transforms the World

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Translation. It’s everywhere we look, but seldom seen—until now. Found in Translation reveals the surprising and complex ways that translation shapes the world. Covering everything from holy books to hurricane warnings and poetry to peace treaties, Nataly Kelly and Jost Zetzsche offer language lovers and pop culture fans alike an insider’s view of the ways in which translation spreads culture, fuels the global economy, prevents wars, and stops the outbreak of disease. Examples include how translation plays a key ...

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Overview

Translation. It’s everywhere we look, but seldom seen—until now. Found in Translation reveals the surprising and complex ways that translation shapes the world. Covering everything from holy books to hurricane warnings and poetry to peace treaties, Nataly Kelly and Jost Zetzsche offer language lovers and pop culture fans alike an insider’s view of the ways in which translation spreads culture, fuels the global economy, prevents wars, and stops the outbreak of disease. Examples include how translation plays a key role at Google, Facebook, NASA, the United Nations, the Olympics, and more.

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Publishers Weekly
In the introduction to this sympathetic appreciation of translators and their work, Kelly and Zetzsche boldly state that: "Translation affects every aspect of your life." Through anecdotes grouped into seven chapters, they demonstrate the crucial role that translation plays in health care, politics, business, religion, sports, technology, and even affairs of the heart. Though translators may not be the unsung heroes that the authors (translators themselves) frequently make them out to be, the stories collected here show how important their services are in a wide variety of applications—from care of non-English-speaking patients in American hospitals to the accumulation of epidemiologic data from parochial communities across the globe, the translating of poetry ("like trying to play a piano sonata on a trombone"), and the correct interpretation of world leaders' statements that can have huge ramifications. The authors demonstrate the importance of understanding a culture as well as language in their accounts of simultaneous translation and attempts to preserve meaning when translations are themselves translated. Though serious in their objective, Kelly and Zetsche approach their topic with a wit that particularly comes through in accounts of translators' gaffes. Agent: Scott Mendel, Mendel Media Group. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399537974
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 272,127
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Nataly Kelly is the chief research officer at Common Sense Advisory, a research and consulting firm specializing in global business and language services, as well as a certified court interpreter.

Jost Zetzsche is a working translator and a widely published author in language industry publications, including the American Translators Association Chronicle, MultiLingual, and Translation Journal.

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Table of Contents

Foreword David Crystal ix

Introduction xiii

Chapter 1 Saving Lives and Protecting Rights in Translation 1

Chapter 2 Waging War and Keeping the Peace in Translation 33

Chapter 3 Doing Business and Crossing Borders in Translation 63

Chapter 4 Sharing Stories and Spreading Religion in Translation 93

Chapter 5 Partaking in Pleasures and Delighting the Senses in Translation 123

Chapter 6 Entertaining Fans and Playing to the Crowd in Translation 167

Chapter 7 Connecting the World and Advancing Technology in Translation 199

Final Note 233

Acknowledgments 237

Notes 241

Resources 257

Index 259

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    Great stories of real people and real experiences

    I am studying to become a translator, so I was drawn to this book because of that, but I would recommend this book to everyone, ESPECIALLY to those that know little about translation! The best part about Found in Translation are the stories from real translators and interpreters, situations they've been in and how they handled it, because often times they were in very serious situations (for example, volunteers helping in Hatian Creole after the earthquake in Haiti). The entire premise of the book is to show you how important translation is to EVERYBODY. At times it was a little repetitive ("Translation is important! Here's a story telling why!"), and the sections often seemed to stop abruptly, but the stories are what keeps you interested and reading on. Fairly easy read--don't worry if you know nothing about professional translation or interpretation, the authors explain what you need to know well without going into too much detail--something I would recommend.

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

    Highly recommend

    This is an excellent book: I even sent a copy to my son to
    share with HIS son.

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