Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Trumpslation: Why Donald Trump’s words give interpreters so much trouble

“Much has already been written on the difficulty that translators and interpreters have when translating Donald Trump’s speeches and messages into other languages.

The most recent challenge for translators was how to translate the president’s inappropriate comments to the French first lady, Brigitte Macron, when he visited France to celebrate Bastille Day.

French translators struggled to find the right words to express that Emmanuel Macron’s wife was ‘in such good physical shape!’ as they worried about French audience reactions.

In fact, when reporting the story, some Francophone journalists translated his compliment as ‘vous êtes en grande forme’, which could be easily understood by French readers as the more respectable ‘you are in great health’.”

http://www.businessinsider.com/why-trumps-words-give-interpreters-so-much-trouble-2017-8

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