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How To Refresh A Language; Fast?  
User currently offlineSwiftski From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 2701 posts, RR: 2
Posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4696 times:


I've got an interview in 4 days time, im going to be asked to translate a passage of french, and german.

I've spoken both very well in the past but due to lack of practice i'm very rusty at the moment in both.

How is the best way to give myself a quick refresher course, just to give me a bit more confidence and hopefully bring the words back into my head!!

I don't know the topic of what I'll be translating.


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User currently offlineTZ757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2922 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4693 times:

Usually when I can't remember how to translate something, but the words are on the tip of my lounge, I just reach for a translation dictionary and glance through it a couple times. It brings back words that you forgotten but knew you learned.

User currently offlineAC773 From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 1730 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4676 times:

Go on the web (Wikipedia, for example) and find German and French-language articles about anything you like - though preferably something you don't already know a lot about. Pick out a few different paragraphs, and translate them. That should give you a good idea of where you are with those languages.

Good luck!  Smile

Better to be nouveau than never to have been riche at all.
User currently offlinePLANAR From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 155 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4658 times:

I usually find conversing in that particular langugage to be very helpful. Once you start conversing and put the words in context, it all rushes back very quickly!

May be call up a French and German friend and chat with them for sometime and you'll gain the required confidence.

Good Luck!!

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User currently offlinePaxBCN From Spain, joined Mar 2007, 10 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4648 times:

Don't bother translating the words, just translate the meaning kipping in mind the register. The key here is to properly understand the source text, then analyze the genre, who is it addressed for, etc... Once that done you just have to put it in the most natural way in your language, that I assume is English, and you will get a very nice translation. I recommend you to do some exercises before the real thing comes, also try to compare some translations from some reliable sources (the UN, EU, NATO to name just a few).

My two euro cents.

Pro translator

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