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lost in translation

Of a word or words, having lost or lacking the full subtlety of meaning or significance when translated from the original language to another, especially when done literally. (Usually formulated as "be/get lost in translation.") My friend tried explaining a few French idioms to me, but I'm afraid they were lost in translation. Online translation tools are pretty amazing, but a lot gets lost in translation this way.
See also: lost, translation

be lost in translation

Of a word or words, to lose the full subtlety of meaning or significance when translated from one language to another, especially when done literally. My friend tried explaining a few French idioms to me, but I'm afraid they were lost in translation. It's amazing how much is lost in translation in the subtitles of foreign films.
See also: lost, translation

get lost in translation

Of a word or words, to lose the full subtlety of meaning or significance when translated from one language to another, especially when done literally. My friend tried explaining a few French idioms to me, but I'm afraid they got lost in translation. It's amazing how much gets lost in translation in the subtitles of foreign films.
See also: get, lost, translation

free translation

 and loose translation
a translation or restatement that is not completely accurate and not well thought out; a translation or restatement done casually. John gave a free translation of what our Japanese client asked for, and we missed the main issue. Anne gave a very free translation of the ancient Chinese poem.
See also: free, translation
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The combined market worldwide for commercial translation, which includes such diverse services as written translation, multimedia adaptation, interpreting, translation software development and language training, is estimated between $8 billion and $10 billion with a 20 percent annual growth rate.
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Based on our extensive translation projects in various industries, we are able to see market trends that others might not," said Ofer Shoshan, Chief Executive Officer of One Hour Translation.
A copy of the new draft translation was recently obtained by AD 2000, courtesy of the Australian Bishops Conference's religious affairs department.
The text for translation requires that "students consider various aspects of meaning they have extracted and rethink it in terms of the target language so that as little is added and as little is lost as possible" (Rivers & Temperley, 1978, p.
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The principles of translation explicitly aim at being easily readable by American undergraduates, at the sacrifice of Boccaccio's complex sentence structures, which the Causa-Steindler and Mauch translation sought to preserve.
By implementing the Idiom WorldServer solution for Gambro BCT, Cross Language has enabled us to increase control over our translation activities, resulting in a significant increase in overall efficiency.
The new wizard makes it easy to select several target languages quickly and upload several files for translation all at once.
Father John Zuhlsdorf writes a regular column on the proper translation of Latin liturgical texts into English in the American weekly The Wanderer.
A decision must be made whether to sacrifice the quality of the translation for time, or to meet the deadline and pay exorbitant costs.
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