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Translate This: Funny Idioms That Defy Direct Translation

Posted by G3 Translate on Oct 1, 2017 1:55:00 PM

I asked directions to the store, this guy said, "Well that's just a hop, skip and a jump away." ... "Well that's not how I'm getting there...You got directions for those who are walking?" - Mitch Hedberg

Wordplay, metaphor and colloquialism can all be particularly difficult to translate. A perfect example of this difficulty is evidenced in translating idioms. Idioms are phrases that we use as expressions of sentiment, but the literal words used are often misunderstood when taken out of context. Believe it or not, most idioms aren’t universal. 

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