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    Chopin's English

    Dear teachers,
    I'm translating Fryderyk Chopin's letter to his parents. Do you have any idea what kind of English he could have used? As far as I know I can exclude Old and Middle English, but still I need some characteristcs of Chopin's times. Any endings, frequently used words, inverted syntax...

    I'll be really grateful for your tips.

    Chopin (1810-1849)


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    Re: Chopin's English

    Jane Austen, early Charles Dickens, Thomas Love Peacock all published around that time.

    Frankly, my advice is not to try and create a pastiche of English of the period. It is possible if you have been totally immersed in it (Rose Macaulay wrote a brilliant novel set in the 17th century, using syntax of the period, but she was extremely knowledgable about the writers of the period, even producing a poem that fooled experts). Otherwise the language tends to seem forced.


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    Re: Chopin's English

    Thank you, I totally agree with you. I just wanted to get some idea of the mood of the period


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    Re: Chopin's English

    Fair point - check out what authors were publishing during that period, set yourself a reading plan and immerse yourself in them. If possible, go for non-fiction [journalism or essays] rather than fiction.

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    Re: Chopin's English

    Quote Originally Posted by cat's_eyes View Post
    Thank you, I totally agree with you. I just wanted to get some idea of the mood of the period
    The mood was Romantic. Think of poets like Keats, Shelley, Goethe. And, of course, Chopin was/is called 'the poet of the piano'.
    But you would know if his letters were full of Sturm und Drang before translating them.

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