A World without Translations…

A World without Translations…

Try to picture a world where the act of translating does not exist. Maybe it has not been invented yet or it may not seem necessary…

Isn’t it true that all reality appears to have crumbled? This is how we understand the role of a translator

We cannot conceive of a reality where there is no Bible, where we have never heard of Shakespeare, Dante, Tolstoy, Cervantes, Kafka, etc. Could a world where scientific works can only be understood by the speakers of that language be conceivable? Would there be any technical and scientific progress? Surely societies would hold on for decades, maybe centuries to the same limited information: medicine would stagnate, technology would no longer evolve.

Would there be any diplomatic relations without translators or interpreters? Certainly no… Generalized chaos would engulf everything or genuine political isolation would set in.

After building a general picture, we can understand the importance of an act that initially seemed commonplace: to translate = to find the corresponding word in another language, to transpose a text, a sentence, a word from one language into another (The Explanatory Dictionary of the Romanian Language – DEX online). Actually, it is much more than that: it is the link in the international medical society, the quintessence of cultural evolution, the bridge of technological growth. If a translator specialized in technical or scientific translations must work with the accurate corresponding terms, a literary translator must bend the translation depending on meanings and connotations, precise social and cultural issues. That is why the great translators of the world were themselves brilliant writers, such as Dante, Baudelaire or even Eminescu.

They understood the grandeur of the act of translating: connecting different societies, philosophical ideas, scientific theories, technological achievements or strengthening diplomatic relations.

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