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The joy and agony of translating song lyrics

The joy and agony of translating song lyrics

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By Kate Torgovnick May and Krystian Aparta Music is, supposedly, the universal language. So why, then, do so many songs get translated? Sometimes, bands adapt their lyrics into English in an attempt to reach international audiences—which explains why so few of us can sing ABBA in the band members’ native Swedish. Other times, songs are []

Funny in 33 languages: The art of translating Maysoon Zayid’s hilarious TED Talk

Funny in 33 languages: The art of translating Maysoon Zayid’s hilarious TED Talk

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What’s funny in one language isn’t necessarily funny in another. Maysoon Zayid’s “I got 99 problems … palsy is just one” presented many challenges for TED translators bringing the hilarious talk into their language. As she tells stories from her life as a Palestinian-American comedian with cerebral palsy, Zayid cracks with wordplay. For translators, it’s []