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    Imagine - John Lennon

    Hello, I have a problem in understanding something in English. When I have a sentence how do I know what is the correct translation if I have 4/5 translation that are different.

    For example:
    From Imagine/John Lennon:
    Imagine there's no countries
    It isn't hard to do
    Nothing to kill or die for
    And no religion too
    Imagine all the people
    Living life in peace...

    Let's take the word peace: how can I know what is the proper translation?

    Peace has 2 translations:
    1. Freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility.
    2. Freedom from or the cessation of war or violence.

    Because of the sentence: Nothing to kill or die for
    I chose the translation to peace the translation number 2- Freedom from or the cessation of war or violence.
    But I saw a translation of this song and the translation of peace is number 1 - Freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility.


    How can I deal with words with multiple meanings/multiple translations.

    Thanks.
    Last edited by captain1; 19-Nov-2015 at 14:32.

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    Re: Imagine - John Lennon

    In that case I'd unerstand it as "freedom from war and violence".
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: Imagine - John Lennon

    Thank you so much, Do you have an advice what to do when you have some translations?

    As you see, if you have two translation you may fail in understanding.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Imagine - John Lennon

    Many words in most languages have more than one connotation. You use the context.

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    Re: Imagine - John Lennon

    And when you don't have a context? for example 3 words which create a sentence.
    Last edited by captain1; 19-Nov-2015 at 16:24.

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    Re: Imagine - John Lennon

    You ask someone else.

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    Re: Imagine - John Lennon

    Quote Originally Posted by captain1 View Post
    And when you don't have a context? just a sentence? What do you do?

    Sometimes you find a sentence or a lyrics that were written on purpose to be ambiguous so you can interpret them in more than one way. In such a case you can do nothing but enjoy them or try to get in touch with the author and ask what he or she really meant by them.
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    Re: Imagine - John Lennon

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    You ask someone else.
    Who is the someone else? the writer of the text? what do you mean?

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    Re: Imagine - John Lennon

    Quote Originally Posted by captain1 View Post
    Who is the someone else? the writer of the text? what do you mean?
    If you see a three word text without any context, then you have several options.
    - ignore it.
    - ask the person sitting next to you. (They may not know either)
    - ask a teacher, your parents, your children
    - ask someone smarter than you
    - ask someone who's good at guessing three-word unfathomable sentences.
    - do some research
    - put it aside for a few days and come back to it.
    - ask yourself how much it really matters, given that, if it was really important, there'd be some context.
    - I'm sure there are other options.

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    Re: Imagine - John Lennon

    Quote Originally Posted by captain1 View Post
    And when you don't have a context? for example 3 words which create a sentence.
    Simply take the literal meaning.
    I am not a teacher.

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