Translation – My Process

I have been indulging in translating English poems into Chinese.  It started with the poet Jeffrey Schwaner’s open invitation on his blog then I invaded Robert Okaji’s space and translated a number of his poems.  I have posted them on this blog with audio files attached.

First I scan the poems to see if any Chinese words pop into my head.  Then I do a quick, more or less word for word translation of the lines.  I read the English against the Chinese to see if I have a good draft.  At this point I put away the English and look at the Chinese translation as a poem and rewrite it so that it scans well.

Last I read the poem onto a voice file et voila!  Mission accomplished.  The process may take hours or days but I usually work quickly or not at all.  I don’t like bashing my head against a brick wall so I select my targets carefully.  Cheating, I know, but life’s too short.  I do it for joy; no less.

All recordings on my blog are mine as are any images attached to my posts.

About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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4 Responses to Translation – My Process

  1. That looks a good process. Enjoy Istanbul.

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  2. Cynthia says:

    I like , “I do it for joy;, no less”. Sounds like a poem in itself

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