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Moderator
Se unió: 06.10.2016
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How about we brag a little about our own work, and appreciate someone else's?

Share a translation of your own making that you are proud of, and a translation made by another translator that you think is spectacular.

I think my best work might be either "You Are Beautiful", seeing as it got so much attention;
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/hinech-yafa-%D7%94%D7%99%D7%A0%D7%9A-%D7%...

Or "Once in a Lifetime" since I'm still proud of myself for coming up with the line 'If you're gone, you know I'm a goner'. I thought it fit perfectly and I have no idea where it came from;
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/paam-bakhayim-%D7%A4%D7%A2%D7%9D-%D7%91%D...

My favorite translation by another user is definitely "Everything Passes" by [@Sahar90]. Gives me chills every time I read it;
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/%D7%94%D7%9B%D7%9C-%D7%A2%D7%95%D7%91%D7%...

How about you? Regular smile

Invitado/a

This is mine: https://lyricstranslate.com/el/φίλα-με-κiss-me.html
I like it more than my other translations because l devoted this song to the man l love.

And this made by Μiley_Lovato: https://lyricstranslate.com/el/swag-it-out-το-κάνω-πιο-swag.html
It was a difficult song....

Moderator
Se unió: 06.10.2016

That's beautiful, thank you Regular smile

Editor
Se unió: 02.01.2017

The translations that I like the most from the ones I did are very variated. Most of the times I pick artists I like and translate their songs

Of my almost 3000 translations from Spanish to English I pick these ones:

This one because it's the longest
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/coplas-del-payador-perseguido-stanzas-pro...

This one because of the few singable translations I did, this one has consonant rhyme
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/el-muerto-vivo-living-dead-rhymed-transla...

This one for the tonguetwisting chorus, and because is a classic of my childhood
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/al-boton-de-la-botonera-chim-pum-fuera-bo...

This one because it still makes me laugh
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/mel%C3%B3n-y-melame-licky-and-lickme.html

This one was the hardest. I had to search a lot for equivalents in english.
https://lyricstranslate.com/es/41-pel%C3%ADculas-porno-41-porn-flicks.ht...

This one because of the use of the sayings
https://lyricstranslate.com/es/malditos-refranes-goddamn-proverbs.html

And all my translations of the Leo Masliah works (I'm a great fan of him). I have this collection of his tales (not his songs)
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/collection/leo-masliah-english-tales

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Of the other translations I did I pick the translation of Despacito to Esperanto
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/despacito-malrapide.html

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And about translations of other people, I appreciate some translations to other languages that aren't to english or portuguese, of Uruguayan artists. Specially this song.
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/viviendo-en-uruguay-uruguay-leben.html

Super Member
Se unió: 19.02.2017

Diazepan Medina, dankon por la esperanta traduko de Despacito!

Editor
Se unió: 02.01.2017

nedankinde

Super Member
Se unió: 19.02.2017

Let me then brag about one of my Esperanto translations too. It is the song Ranevskaya by Lolita. And it was my first try. Here it is:
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/ranevskaya-%D1%80%D0%B0%D0%BD%D0%B5%D0%B2...

Moderator of the Oceanic Realms
Se unió: 22.04.2011

cool topic.

I'd say for me, it's this one here:
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/cernunnos-cernunnos.html

And one done by someone else... that's a hard one since there's so many. But the ones that come to mind right now would be [@Enjovher]'s translations of "The Homeward Vow"; both in Spanish and Portuguese.

[@Hansi K_Lauer]'s German translation of "In the Eve"

[@Lobolyrix]'s German translation of "Fakamatala Langi"

And also [@Evfokas]'s English translation of the Greek National Anthem.

Moderator
Se unió: 06.10.2016

That's a great comment, you're a wonderful translator! You should feel proud indeed. Thank you for sharing Regular smile

Moderator
Se unió: 06.10.2016

That's really nice, but what about other people's work? Is there a translation that you like made by another user? Would be even better to point out their name.

Moderator
Se unió: 06.10.2016

God, your translation is beautiful, and seems like A LOT of work. Thank you for sharing Regular smile And thank you for all the shout-outs to other users! That's what I wanted to see.

Super Member
Se unió: 30.09.2012

Recently I've come across this translation by an unregistered user: https://lyricstranslate.com/cs/Kdepak-ty-ptacku-hnizdo-mas-Kdepak-ty-pta... It's such a tremendous piece of, well, poetry I dare say (and at the same time it's very faithful), that it is a real pity he (or she) is not a member of this community…

Editor
Se unió: 18.10.2015

Wow, it was my favourite song when I was a very very small kid. It's a great piece of poetry and music. And the film itself is lovely. But the translation is awful. It doesn't give credit to the song. I may make it into an English singable one day to remember the sweet days Regular smile

Invitado/a

Small? Like...how small? You mean...young, right?

Editor
Se unió: 08.07.2016

The translation that I brag about is (unfortunately) in Arabic Sad smile

Editor
Se unió: 18.10.2015

Amr, will you post it? It deserves an Arabic translation. I'll make it into a nice English singable. Regular smile

Super Member
Se unió: 30.09.2012

Hmm, why do you think it's awful? I guess the author found a perfect balance between faithfulness to the original (he's saying basically the same), while keeping it quite poetic at the same time….

Editor
Se unió: 18.10.2015

The translator gives three options at a time. Mods should see to it and edit this translation. Besides, the message isn't clear. What I mean is that such a sweet song needs a better translation. Regular smile

Editor
Se unió: 18.10.2015

This, for example
Why, you've scarcely felt vulnerability.
Barely, seems to me. ????????

I wish I knew what it means

Editor
Se unió: 08.07.2016

It is the translation of Lensky's letter. I brag that I made a translation for a poem of Pushkin. Moreover, though I'm not a poet, I made a measured rhymed translation.
Who knows, maybe one day I'll translate the whole Евгений Онегин. Who knows!

Super Member
Se unió: 30.09.2012

Aha.. and you obviously think the message of the original lyrics is perfectly clear Teeth smile The three options are a bit irritating and should not be there but that's just a negligible fault IMO. By the way, the movie is indeed fantastic, most of all thanks to the actor, who's playing Cinderella.

Editor
Se unió: 18.10.2015

For that, Amr, I'll learn Arabic script at last - to read your translation of Евгений Онегин! Good luck with that! Regular smile

Super Member
Se unió: 30.09.2012

Yeah, that's a bit unclear ;-)

Editor
Se unió: 18.10.2015

I'll try to figure out the meaning of these lyrics and put it in my translation.

Editor
Se unió: 08.07.2016

Спасииииибо

Super Member
Se unió: 30.09.2012

The literal translation of the lines you mentioned above are: "You know very little about decoys yet, too little it seems to me" Otherwise it really is very faithful to the original lyrics, even though it's in rhymes…. But we have gone a bit off topic with this.

Editor
Se unió: 18.10.2015

Yes, I've sorted out the basic meaning of the first stanza.

Where is your nest, little bird,
It's hidden in the deep
You know little of traps
Looks like very little

Super Member
Se unió: 30.09.2012

Except for the second line you're right - it means something like "a shelter and a sanctuary". But shouldn't we move this discussion to the translation, where it belongs?

Super Member
Se unió: 19.02.2017

I remembered about one translation of mine, which I would really like to brag about, but since it's been stayed unnoticed in months I thought it's worhtless. I tried to make a rhymed and singable translation, and I worked on it for a long time and really hard, but... It's interesting how it happens sometimes, at least it happened to me. You do your best making a translation and when it's done you believe it's a bestseller or something and you're gonna got lots of thanks, but after you publish it - nothing happens at all, no thanks, no comments... So maybe it's really just some trash... So if you're interested in reading a Hebrew-to-Russian translation, and if by any chance you got a free minute and don't mind to look at it, then here it is, I would appreciate your opinion:
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/lo-pashut-lihyot-pashut-%D7%9C%D7%90-%D7%...

Super Member
Se unió: 19.07.2018

Shopping for compliments? When people view ones work, they don't bother thanking. If you feel good about your work, and you obviously do, it should be enough. If you ask people to look, they will give you feedback: mine is that your version was quite good and I enjoyed your translation.

Super Member
Se unió: 19.02.2017

BlackSea4ever, you are the first one who thanked me for that translation, and I really appreciate that! And I ain't shopping for no compliments, I'm just trying to say to people that I have a translation, which I like myself and it is unnoticed, but I worked on it hard and this thread is a real chance for me to ask people for their opinion.

Super Member
Se unió: 19.07.2018

You know, I discovered it because you made a comment I saw - otherwise, I would have never seen it.
I have an idea that we need to create our own collections max 10 -15 items IMHO and tie it to profile publically (similar to favorites which are private)
Do you like this idea?

Super Member
Se unió: 19.02.2017

Good idea!

Super Member
Se unió: 19.07.2018
Editor Soldier of Love
Se unió: 12.03.2017

Sorry - I picked English-to-German-translations:

This is my favourite translation. Actually it took a lot of helping of the songwriter. I've thought this would be so easy and I just wanted to get sure about one thing - and all the time he told me "no, you got that wrong"...
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/lost-moon-den-mond-verloren.html

My favorite translation by another user is Magicmulders "Cry Wolf"/"Schlagt Alarm" - I guess I'm a fan of him in some kind of way:
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/cry-wolf-schlagt-alarm.html

Moderator
Se unió: 06.10.2016

Even if it's English to German, thank you for sharing Regular smile

I thought this forum died and no one wanted to add anything. I thought people would be delighted to share their favorites and turned out I was wrong. So this is a double 'thank you' for adding more to this forum.

Editor Soldier of Love
Se unió: 12.03.2017

Oh, thank you so much.

First I thought: "Brag about your own work? But I'm not proud of any translation..." But it got me thinking and I liked your idea after awhile and I thought come on "Lost to the Moon" is really special to me. It showed me that you can't translate without understanding the meaning of the lyrics.

I hope this forum won't die - actually this is a great idea you had.

Super Member
Se unió: 19.07.2018

I think it's a wonderful forum. I didn't have the confidence of my own work to share, but I will gain the courage and do it. Lol. Soon. Now.
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/o-vesna-bez-kontsa-i-bez-krayu-о-весна-бе...

Editor .
Se unió: 09.10.2018

Tom's translations of Brassens never cease to amaze me. An erudite work made with love, patience and care.
Among many examples, the sweet and sour Petition to be buried on the beach at Sète or the hilarious The patriots.

I love dedicated translations. They are like small windows opening to other cultures.
Even a rather funny song can give you an idea of what life was like in other eras and countries. Some even gave me insights on my own country.

There are far too many such translators to give credit to them all, and with four languages I'm barely grazing the surface of all that can be found here.

As for my favourite own work, I would say the translations I like best are not my own but the result of a collective effort. This one is a good example, I think. I don't know how the result looks, but the process of grasping this elusive Russian and shaping it into English thanks to patient explanations of native speakers of both languages was a real joy.

Editor (Resident Evil)
Se unió: 26.10.2015
Senior Member
Se unió: 21.08.2017

This one since it's the unique translation of the Gran Dereit song on the internet:
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/gran-dereit-grande-raz%C3%A3o.html

The same goes for this one. It's the unique Portuguese translation:
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/%E0%A4%95%E0%A4%BE%E0%A4%B2%E0%A4%AD%E0%A...

Both of them were hard to translate.

Se unió: 09.04.2017

This is a tough one since I generally consider my Swedish to be garbage (even though, objectively, it's not).

The best feedback I ever got on a translation and my only one to get a rating was this one:
(Note, there's a bit of profanity in this song)
https://lyricstranslate.com/sv/help-hj%C3%A4lp.html

And I guess my other decent English > Swedish translations might be one of these two for no reason other than I think they're not horribly literal:
https://lyricstranslate.com/sv/satellites-satelliter.html
https://lyricstranslate.com/sv/what-if-i-t%C3%A4nk-om.html

And my best Swedish > English work might be
https://lyricstranslate.com/sv/ta-med-dig-solen-bring-sun.html

but, I really don't know since I'm not a native speaker

Super Member
Se unió: 19.02.2017

I've really put all my self into this song (the song itself starts at 0:55, there is a phone talk in the begining):
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/rechenka-tumannaya-%D1%80%D0%B5%D1%87%D0%...

Editor Soldier of Love
Se unió: 12.03.2017

Thank you Andrew for sharing this wonderful translation of yours. You put a lot of love and work into it. I wish I could make a German translation based of your English translation - but a German one is already added.;(

I was wondering if she might think about suicide and changed her mind?
The water is so blue and deep down it's even bluer...

Super Member
Se unió: 19.02.2017

Hi Flopsi!
You asked a difficult question - I can't answer with just 'yes' or 'no'. On the one hand, she is very sorrow, she came to the river and she says "if this love is deceitful, I'll never get over it" - so you might think that yes, she was thinking about throwing herself into the deeps of the river. On the other hand, her words "I'm proud, I'm strong", and the way she is singing and adressing to the river in diminutive all these give me a feeling that she wasn't thinking about a suicide. I guess the words "The water is so blue and deep down it's even bluer" is here to add some more drama to the song and they reflect her striving to know the truth about her lover, does he love her or not, which she can't achieve - the deeper she's trying to dig into it, the harder is for her to find the answers in her own soul. That's how I feel it myself...

Editor Soldier of Love
Se unió: 12.03.2017

Thank you Andrew for answering my question. Those lyrics just break my heart!

Super Member
Se unió: 19.02.2017

You're welcome!

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