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    Post English idioms and metaphors

    Hey! I am studying English, and I wonder if there are textbooks or scientific papers that study and define what English idioms and metaphors are, explaining the translation of verses or other scriptures.
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    Re: English idioms and metaphors

    Please update your profile with your correct location and other information.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: English idioms and metaphors

    I've no idea what you're asking, Tom. How can you explain a translation? A translation from what into what? Which idioms and metaphors are you talking about? What do you want to do with them?

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    Re: English idioms and metaphors

    And that is before we get to the scriptures.

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    Re: English idioms and metaphors

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    And that is before we get to the scriptures.
    Or scientific papers.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: English idioms and metaphors

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    Re: English idioms and metaphors

    No.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: English idioms and metaphors

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    How can you explain a translation?
    Translations sometimes require explanation. I read a short essay on the difficulties of tranlating Dostoevski into English. In one of his works Dostoevski had used a real address in St. Petersburg. The translator pointed out that the address would convey a great deal of information to someone who knew that city, but of course nothing to most people. (The best solution in that case might be to use an asterisk next to the translation directing the reader to a footnote.)
    Last edited by probus; 31-Mar-2021 at 20:42. Reason: Typos

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    Re: English idioms and metaphors

    At one point in the hilarious French film The Dinner Game, a character sitting in front of the TV watching a soccer game/football match yells "Allez Auxerre!" The English subtitle reads "Go Marseilles!" The name of the team was immaterial, so the translator picked a city that an American audience would have heard of.
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    Re: English idioms and metaphors

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    Has that been done yet?
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    Thread closed so we don't waste any more time on this.

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