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Do You Translate Texts (For Clients) That Have An Agenda/Bias That You Don't Personally Agree With?
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Michael Newton  Identity Verified
États-Unis
Local time: 16:52
Membre (2003)
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agenda bias Oct 22, 2020

I have never been asked to translate pornographic texts but hope springs eternal.

P.L.F.Persio
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Lingua 5B  Identity Verified
Bosnie-Herzegovine
Local time: 22:52
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lol Oct 22, 2020

Michael Newton wrote:

I have never been asked to translate pornographic texts but hope springs eternal.


You would get rich quickly, considering the amount of text in that type of material. Oh, ah, ah - translated into many different languages.

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Tom in London
Royaume-Uni
Local time: 21:52
Membre (2008)
italien vers anglais
Going With The Flow Oct 22, 2020

As A Translator I Have Refused To Translate A Market Research Questionnaire About Peoples' Smoking Preferences.
There Is A Particular Country With Which I Would Not Work In Any Capacity. Don't Ask What Country Because I Won't Tell You.
When I Was An Employed Architect I Was Once Asked To Work On The Design For A Prison, But After A Couple Of Days I Couldn't Take It Any More. I Asked My Boss To Put Me On Something Else, But He Fired Me. 20 Years Later I Still Think I Did The Right Thi
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As A Translator I Have Refused To Translate A Market Research Questionnaire About Peoples' Smoking Preferences.
There Is A Particular Country With Which I Would Not Work In Any Capacity. Don't Ask What Country Because I Won't Tell You.
When I Was An Employed Architect I Was Once Asked To Work On The Design For A Prison, But After A Couple Of Days I Couldn't Take It Any More. I Asked My Boss To Put Me On Something Else, But He Fired Me. 20 Years Later I Still Think I Did The Right Thing.
That Aside, I Often Translate Commercial/Sales Documents At Which I Would Probably Look Askance, But Which I Wouldn't Regard As Particularly Harmful.
I Would Not Translate Anything That Uses The Term "Life Sciences" As A Disguise For Experimenting On Animals (And There's A Lot Of That Going On At The Moment Because Of Covid-19). As A Translator I Have Refused To Translate A Market Research Questionnaire About Peoples' Smoking Preferences.
There Is A Particular Country With Which I Would Not Work In Any Capacity. Don't Ask What Country Because I Won't Tell You.
When I Was An Employed Architect I Was Once Asked To Work On The Design For A Prison, But After A Couple Of Days I Couldn't Take It Any More. I Asked My Boss To Put Me On Something Else, But He Fired Me. 20 Years Later I Still Think I Did The Right Thing.
That Aside, I Often Translate Commercial/Sales Documents At Which I Would Probably Look Askance, But Which I Wouldn't Regard As Particularly Harmful.
I Would Not Translate Anything That Uses The Term "Life Sciences" As A Disguise For Experimenting On Animals (And There's A Lot Of That Going On At The Moment Because Of Covid-19).


I Hope You Enjoyed Re-reading That All In Caps.
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Lingua 5B  Identity Verified
Bosnie-Herzegovine
Local time: 22:52
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Don't understand your point @Tom. Oct 22, 2020

Are you calling the OP on using caps in the title? Isn't that a common capitalization rule in English?

It's one thing to use caps in a title and a completely different thing to use them all around the main text. Sorry to tell you this, but I think your post will be deleted.

Or perhaps she should have skipped the capitalization of words such as "an", "that", etc. , was this your point? Either way, you are off topic (yet again) and this is not a place to showcase your pr
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Are you calling the OP on using caps in the title? Isn't that a common capitalization rule in English?

It's one thing to use caps in a title and a completely different thing to use them all around the main text. Sorry to tell you this, but I think your post will be deleted.

Or perhaps she should have skipped the capitalization of words such as "an", "that", etc. , was this your point? Either way, you are off topic (yet again) and this is not a place to showcase your proofreading skills.

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Tom in London
Royaume-Uni
Local time: 21:52
Membre (2008)
italien vers anglais
Thanks for the advice Oct 22, 2020

Thanks for the advice. I want you to know that I really appreciate it.

P.L.F.Persio
expressisverbis
 

Mervyn Henderson  Identity Verified
Espagne
Local time: 22:52
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Oh Oct 22, 2020

Oh.

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[Edited at 2020-10-22 15:33 GMT]


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Mervyn Henderson  Identity Verified
Espagne
Local time: 22:52
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Thank you Oct 22, 2020

Thank you

[Edited at 2020-10-22 16:40 GMT]


 

Lingua 5B  Identity Verified
Bosnie-Herzegovine
Local time: 22:52
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@Mervyn, edited. Oct 22, 2020

But now you have to edit your post with my line as well.

All that aside, I know a woman who was an English teacher, then left the job at school and became an erotica writer, the money is much better (apparently). There is nothing wrong with that, it’s a sub-genre of romance novels. If I were offered to translate one, I’d turn it down. Not for ethical reasons, but because I don’t believe I’d be able to render it well as it’s a specific type of fiction.



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But now you have to edit your post with my line as well.

All that aside, I know a woman who was an English teacher, then left the job at school and became an erotica writer, the money is much better (apparently). There is nothing wrong with that, it’s a sub-genre of romance novels. If I were offered to translate one, I’d turn it down. Not for ethical reasons, but because I don’t believe I’d be able to render it well as it’s a specific type of fiction.



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Mervyn Henderson  Identity Verified
Espagne
Local time: 22:52
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Wrong Oct 22, 2020

Of course there is nothing wrong with it. It's not a question of right or wrong, or whether or not you can make money out of erotica. Here, here, right here, it's much simpler than that. In a public forum, if A tells B that C knows that D has a cousin who is married to E who is an erotica author or whatever, what right has A or B to tell everyone from F to Z about it? None.

Do you want an example closer to home? You protect yourself under the moniker Lingua5B, but due to circumstanc
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Of course there is nothing wrong with it. It's not a question of right or wrong, or whether or not you can make money out of erotica. Here, here, right here, it's much simpler than that. In a public forum, if A tells B that C knows that D has a cousin who is married to E who is an erotica author or whatever, what right has A or B to tell everyone from F to Z about it? None.

Do you want an example closer to home? You protect yourself under the moniker Lingua5B, but due to circumstances I know your real name. Do I put it on the forum? Do I explain the circumstances? Of course I don't. It's not my decision to make, because it's nobody's business.

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Lingua 5B  Identity Verified
Bosnie-Herzegovine
Local time: 22:52
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You’re right. @Mervyn. Oct 22, 2020

Absolutely right what you said, you got the point. Everything’s been deleted, so you may chill down now, OK?

Btw, I don’t believe anyone on here has even the slightest interest in my name and it wouldn’t hurt me if you mentioned it.



[Edited at 2020-10-22 16:59 GMT]


 

Chris S  Identity Verified
Royaume-Uni
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Slow off the mark Oct 22, 2020

Michael Newton wrote:
Agenda bias

Just got it🙄 very good😂👍


 
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Lingua 5B  Identity Verified
Bosnie-Herzegovine
Local time: 22:52
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How can you announce my name? Oct 22, 2020

Easy. Write a poem, use a billboard, don’t know, be creative.

 

Jan Truper  Identity Verified
Allemagne
Local time: 22:52
anglais vers allemand
Off-topic (but somewhat on-topic with one of the off-topic topics) Oct 22, 2020

My biggest job last year (~500k words) was a romance game/novel with several erotic sections, including quivering thighs. The erotic scenes were indeed quite difficult to translate, one of the reasons being that I had given the main character a bit off an edge in the (sheer endless) lead-up, which was hard to maintain in the vanilla nookie sections.

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James Heppe-Smith  Identity Verified
Turquie
Local time: 21:52
Membre (2010)
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Forum rules Oct 22, 2020

People appear to be forgetting some of the basic forum rules here. Sorry to say, I find some of this thread’s content rather close to the mark.

Let’s leave it here, shall we?


 
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