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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 3:07 pm    Post subject: Christmas translation Reply with quote

I just received a card from a friend of ours that we met in Italy last year. She starts her letter with: Siamo giunti nuovamente al Santo Natale.

Now, my translation sounds very awkward: we are newly joined at Holy Christmas. Does that sound right? I am thinking the sentiment may be that we are together in spirit at Christmas and this is a new thing because we have only known each other for a year.

Any opinions???

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 3:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Christmas translation Reply with quote

Giunti = Arrived

We arrived again to Xmas

Xmas has arrived again

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 6:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Christmas translation Reply with quote

kiss Thanks, Livio! You must be laughing with my inaccurate translation. I know, I am!

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 7:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Christmas translation Reply with quote

Poipu,

Don't feel too badly. I thought your translation made sense. One of the biggest problems with any language are the idiomatic expressions. I bet if you wrote your friend "Well, it's Christmas time once again," he/she would likewise have a heck of a time trying to accurately translate your statement.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 7:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Christmas translation Reply with quote

I can't read her handwriting either, LOL. At least when it is in English, you can take a stab at the handwriting. When I get a chance, I will post a picture of the gift she sent. It is a nice plate of Padre Pio.

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