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Determining what characters say or write, or transference of a story from one language to another.

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What is being said in the purely Native American language scenes in Jim Jarmusch’s “Dead Man?”

While Jim Jarmusch’s film Dead Man (1995) is a 19th century American period piece that contains mostly American English dialogue, there are a few scenes in the film that are spoken purely in Native ...
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In the “Dexter” episode “Road Kill” what do the Korean couple say when they break in?

At around time 17:00 Dexter (as Kyle Butler) and Arthur Mitchel (the Trinity Killer) break into Arthur's childhood home. A Korean couple live the home and discuss something when they walk in. What do ...
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What is Eric Bana saying in Chinese in this scene?

In Funny People, Eric Bana's character can speak Chinese (Mandarin). In this scene, he says something to his children in Chinese, but I don't know what he says. It sounds something like: " 觉得__你的再见 "...
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Why would Pee Wee Herman and President Reagan say “Mecka-lecka Hi Mecka-hiney Ho” or similar?

Pee-wee Herman and Jambi say "Mecka-lecka Hi Mecka-hiney Ho" in "Jambese" (first video, found in Mecka-lecka Hi Mecka-hiney Ho; Scene from The Pee-wee Herman Show (1981), and President Reagan says ...
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Why is “Captain Marvel” translated as male in Portugal?

In Portugal, Captain Marvel (2019) is translated to Capitão Marvel, which is the male term for captain, female being capitã. Is there a reason for this, or just a gross mistake from Portuguese ...
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What is the meaning of the Latin exchange between Doc Holliday and Johnny Ringo in Tombstone?

In Tombstone (1993) Doc Holliday played by Val Kilmer and Johnny Ringo played by Michael Biehn have an unsubtitled exchange in Latin. What are they saying, and what ...
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What is the more accurate translation for this scene in the series Kingdom?

Watching the Netflix original Kingdom, I notice that the English subtitles and dubs sometimes say vastly different things. In one scene someone says out loud "compose yourself" but the subtitle says "...
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What does the Russian soldier say to Sarah Ross while she is pretending to be a guard in the Kremlin?

At one point in Red 2, the team infiltrates the Kremlin in order to retrieve Nightshade. Sarah Ross (Mary-Louise Parker) has to stand guard outside a door, posing as a security guard. A uniformed man ...
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How does the internationalization of Forensic Files work?

The true crime docutainment series Forensic Files is broadcast on German TV under its original title Medical Detectives. The episodes (and thus the actual cases) are thereby the original American ones,...
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Moldavian translation from Dracula spoof

In Mel Brook’s Dracula: Dead and Loving It, there are some lines spoken in Moldavian (Romanian) during the dialogue between Van Helsing and Count Dracula as they verbally spar during introductions to ...
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English translation of Russian text in My Way

In the Korean movie "My Way", which takes place during World War II, a group of Japanese soldiers were taken prisoner by the Soviet Red Army after the Battle of Khalkhin Gol. In the prison camp to ...
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What is written on the wall in this scene of The Danish Girl?

I am from India and curious to know what is written on the wall. I am not familiar with these fonts and this language.
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English translation of German conversation in Kelly’s Heroes

Just before Oddball’s tanks launched a surprise attack on a railway yard in France while on the way to meet up with Kelly and his platoon, the two German soldiers in the picture who were on top of a ...
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Do translators get a list of jokes and/or puns when making their translations?

In the discussion in the comments to this question about Aladdin, people talk about puns being lost in translation. For example: After that, in the end, a free Genie quickly gives the lamp to ...
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What are the characters saying in the first few minutes of Assassins Creed?

The movie Assassins Creed starts out with a scene in Spain in which the characters are having a 5-minute conversation in Spanish. Is anyone able to translate/explain this for me?
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Determine original language of the movie

Sometimes I want to watch some movie in its original language i.e. without translation. For some movies, it's pretty easy. For example, Antonioni's Blowup was originally filmed in English His L'...
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What is the Arabic saying behind “Angst essen Seele auf”?

In Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s film Angst essen Seele auf (1974), Ali uses an Arabic saying, in broken German: Angst essen Seele auf. (Fear eat soul.) I wonder if this is rooted in some actual ...
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Magallanes - Translation from Quechua

In the 2014 movie Magallanes, the female lead character Celina, played by actress Magaly Solier, talks/rants in Quechua from 1:40 to 1:41 (scene at the police office when she and Magallanes are ...
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What was on Aladdin's list?

I was rereading this great answer about the movie Aladdin when this quote from the script caught my eye: So what you wish I really want to know You got a wish that's three miles long, no doubt ...
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Why is the spoken German in many US films and TV shows so inaccurate?

Is there a reason why in so many English-language movies and TV series, whenever someone is speaking "German", they (actors, writers etc.) just don't care about if what they say is right or wrong? ...
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Why were the songs not translated/dubbed into German?

When watching Brave in German I noticed that the songs actually haven't been translated (and redubbed accordingly). Rather than that, they were just left in the original English while the rest of the ...
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How does the voicing for “Ma vie de Courgette” work in British and American English?

Ma vie de Courgette is a Swiss/French animation that was nominated for an Oscar this year. In the UK it's titled "My Life as a Courgette", while in America it's called "My Life as a Zucchini" (as that'...
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Where to look up which dubs exist? (That is: Translations into which languages are there of a movie or series?)

Are there resources where you can look up which languages a film production has been dubbed into? IMHO this should be a data field on IMDb, but unfortunately it is not (yet) (as far as I can tell). ...
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Why change translation text into a picture for international versions?

I was watching Inside Out (2015) in Spanish and noticed that all the signs that in the English version are in English, in the Spanish version are in Spanish. For example (sorry for potatoes): This is ...
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What did the taco say in “Sausage Party”

Okay so the hot Mexican lesbian taco girl said a couple of fast sentences in Spanish at one point maybe 1/2 to 3/4 of the way through the movie. I heard a bunch of Spanish-speaking people laughing, ...
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What is Sherlock saying in Russian in Elementary episode s04e23?

In Elementary S04E23 the following happens: Sherlock wonders if Moriarty tried to kill his dad to get back at him. Marcus calls and says they nabbed Krasnov. He tries to tell them he speaks no ...
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Why do the subtitles and audio of the Spanish version of Daredevil not match? [duplicate]

I am learning Spanish and just finished watching Seasons 1 and 2 of Netflix's Daredevil with Spanish audio and Spanish subtitles. I was struck by how frequently the audio and subtitles diverged - and ...
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What is the croupier saying during this game of baccarat

What is the croupier saying during this game of baccarat from the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only? The subtitles only say "speaking French" and I know that much, but would actually like to ...
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In multilingual countries like Canada, are the movies translated in every language?

In multilingual countries like Canada, are the movies translated in every language? I'm talking about the title of the movie and the translation/subtitles with original language.
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What is the second prostitute saying in Vietnamese in Full Metal Jacket?

Is the prostitute in Full Metal Jacket talking in Vietnamese because I can't catch what she is saying? It sounds like random mumbling and not Vietnamese. I was raised in a Vietnamese family, but can't ...
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To which degree do dubbed versions of Shakespeare adaptations consult existing official translations?

When watching dubbed versions of Shakespeare plays adapted into film (that use the original dialogue, as opposed to loose adaptations) and translated into my language, they are of course dubbed in a ...
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What was Sabine Schmitz saying when she introduced The Stig in German?

In Series 23 Episode 3 of Top Gear when they hand the Audi R8 over to The Stig, there was the customary introduction / joke. On this occasion it was delivered by Sabine Schmitz, in German. ...
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How was “Hodor” adapted in other languages

Spoilers for episode 5 of season 6 "The Door". At the end of the episode we got to see how Wylis became Hodor and why all he can say is "Hodor". If you've watched the episode you know that but ...
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What is written on the mini-bus?

In Season 5 The Office (US version), Episode 23 - Broke, at the beginning we see a minivan and on the side is some Korean text: Pam thinks it says Hallelujah Church of Scranton but does anyone ...
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What did the German street thugs say to Donovan when they stole his coat?

In Bridge of Spies, there is a scene where James Donovan runs into some street thugs in East Berlin, who eventually demand his coat in exchange for directions to the embassy. There are no subtitles ...
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English translation of the temple chants in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom?

Does anyone know the English translation of the temple chants in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom? Like what they're singing and what Mola Ram is saying? Been wondering this for a long long time.
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Subtitling vs. dubbing and vice versa

What are the benefits for viewers of subtitling over dubbing -or- dubbing over subtitling foreign TV and film? I've noticed some media will opt for subtitles, while others will opt to dub. There ...
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Is there a reason behind the “wrong” German localizations of English movies/TV shows [duplicate]

I live in a German speaking country but prefer watching movies/TV shows in English. The biggest reason is, in my opinion, the wrong translation of the word "you". In German there are two possible ...
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Confused About Translators' Philosophy When They Create Subtitles And Dubbing For Movies

I cannot figure out why some translators change the meaning of characters' lines via the subtitles and the audio dubbing. Sometimes humor is removed. Sometimes they change the meaning of what the ...
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Is “The Tribe” in real sign language?

There isn't a single spoken word in The Tribe and all characters communicate in what appears to be a sign language whose authenticity I wasn't able to verify. At first, I was expecting there would be ...
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The Usual Suspects what's the joke?

This is basically an attempt to revive this yahoo question which has exactly one answer that is downvoted. (I'm not the OP there though) Apparently there is a brick joke in The Usual Suspects. At ...
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What is funny about Yokomichi Yonosuke's name?

In Yokomichi Yonosuke (A story of Yonosuke) each time Yonosuke introduces himself other people seem to be amused by his name. Why is that? Is this some kind of Japanese wordplay?
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Can someone translate this authentic frontier gibberish… Reverend!

Not being a native of the North American states, this scene whilst being hilarious has always bothered me as to what Gabby Johnson was really saying. One person has attempted to quote him: No ...
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What does Sofie Fatale say in Japanese on her cellphone in Volume 1?

In Kill Bill Vol. 1, Just before Sofie Fatale and the rest of the crew are about to enter the Japanese nightclub, there's a flashback in which she's speaking Japanese into her cellphone during the ...
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To which degree are movies filmed simultaneously in different languages?

After having watched the Tamil movie Raavanan I was surprised to learn that there is also, Raavan, a Hindi version of this movie, which was produced and released simultaneously by the same director ...
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What did the Cossack utter towards the two men in “The Duellists”?

There is a point in The Duellists where in Russia, they are about to duel each other with pistols. They are interrupted by a Cossack who spews some words at them. What did he say?
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What is the English translation of the French dialogue in “Croissant de Triomphe”?

"Croissant de Triomphe," one of the episodes of the 2013 cartoon series Mickey Mouse, contains all French dialogue. What is the English translation of the episode's dialogue?
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What is the translation of the song in 40-Year-Old Virgin?

I'm not googling any of this stuff, but if you've seen the movie The 40 Year Old Virgin you know what I'm referring to. The woman with the blond hair that was almost a crew-cut, the boss at the tech ...
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What does Indy say to the villagers in “Temple of Doom”?

There's a scene in "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" where Harrison Ford and Kate Capshaw receive food from an impoverished group of Indians. (This is after Kate and Harrison fall out of a plane ...
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Is “Life Is Beautiful” dubbed in English?

I'm Italian. In a discussion with some international friends, they mentioned that they have seen Life Is Beautiful in English, and I guessed it was dubbed. The production is Italian, and the actors ...