Boston, MA – Language Connections, a Boston translation company, has years of experience translating texts for the literary and artistic fields. Our translators aren’t just native speakers of the languages they work in. They bring the educational backgrounds in literature, film, and the arts so that they can offer complete translation services for short stories, novels, graphic design projects, and more. One of our clients in the arts, a company that produces short political films, recently asked us to provide an English translation of the Russian screenplay for their movie.
Russian Translation that Retains the Artist’s Voice
Language Connections rendered a Russian translation to English of a short, artistic film script. The film’s script was highly lyrical, employing many metaphors and similes. The aim of the film was to share the creator’s political philosophies, some of which are highly abstract and controversial. Providing a Russian translation for something like this was a delicate task with 2 major challenges: idiomatic language and retaining the emotion and style of the source text.
The first challenge Language Connections’ translators needed to handle was the profusion of idioms in the script. Translating idioms word for word between any languages will always turn out badly. This task required our translators to understand, then localize the idioms they came across. They needed to find American English versions of the idioms that would speak to an audience here. Once this issue was resolved, it was time to get to work translating the rest of the script.
Language Connections approached translating the entirety of the script with a keen eye to the beauty and emotion of the language. Since the film is largely a narration, the focus on the power and poetic nature of the language became all the more salient. Readers of the script needed to feel the same emotional impact as their Russian counterparts got. The voice of the artist needed to be alive and well within the script, whether it was in Russian or English!
With Language Connections’ help, the artist was able to create an English version of his movie. More importantly, he was able to share the emotional power and political philosophy of his work with English-speaking viewers. Our localization of the text and our translators’ special attention to translating its artistry truly helped him cross language barriers.
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About Language Connections:
Language Connections is a language service provider. We specialize in technical, medical and legal translation, software and website localization, simultaneous and consecutive interpretation, corporate language programs, and interpreter training. We provide certified, professional translation in 100+ languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, German, and French. With over 20 years of experience, we have expertise in all major industries including the life sciences, patent and immigration law, international business, global education, and advanced technology. Our cost-effective interpreting and conference solutions will meet your multilingual needs for all types of international events – business meetings, conferences, lectures or presentations.
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