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Questions tagged [translation]

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

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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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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 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 did Black Widow say?

In the film The Avengers, Black Widow is a Russian super-spy. In the scene that introduces her, it ends with her receiving orders to bring in Dr. Bruce Banner. After receiving these orders, the ...
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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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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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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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Who is responsible for movie titles in foreign countries?

I have always wondered who is responsible for movie titles in foreign countries. Specifically, for movies made in the USA and distributed internationally. Sometimes they only change a little, ...
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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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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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What are all of the Chinese phrases in Firefly/Serenity?

Throughout the 14th episode of Firefly and the following movie there are many Chinese phrases strewn about. What are all of the Chinese phrases in Firefly/Serenity?
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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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What did Oliver Queen say to the Russian guard in S02E06?

In the most recent episode of Arrow (season 2, episode 6), what did Oliver Queen say to the Russian guard (in Russian)? The scene is about 18 minutes into the episode.
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Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Westerns: English or Italian?

When I've watched DVDs of Sergio Leone's "Spaghetti Westerns", such as A Fistful of Dollars and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, I've had the option to choose soundtracks in either English or Italian. ...
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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 is the “prayer” being said when Elsa was being crowned?

During Elsa's crowning in Frozen, specifically when she's holding the royal scepter and orb, the priest is chanting in a foreign language (which I presume is a prayer) and ends his speech with "Queen ...
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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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English translation of dialogues in The Godfather

Can someone give the English translation of the Italian dialogues between Michael Corleone and Sollozzo?
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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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What is the point of making some dialogues inaudible and not showing some language translations?

Today I was watching Sherlock Holmes and The Game of Shadows. In that movie, several foreign languages like German, French etc. were used. The film itself had no translation in English despite some ...
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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 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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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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Morse code from Empire of the Sun

Empire of the Sun - excellent movie. In one scene the character played by Christian Bale, Jim signals to the invading Japanese Fleet with morse code. Shortly after they start firing at the building ...
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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 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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Differences in plot from the Japanese and American versions of “Pokemon: The Movie”

I was reading the IMDb page for Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back and one of the bits of trivia states that "The Japanese version has an entirely different story". I know the Japanese version casts Mewtwo ...
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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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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 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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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 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 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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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 did the legal advisor say in The Hitman?

In the movie The Hitman, Sal was enraged because he had been passed over for a plum assignment in favor of Grogan. Sal loudly expressed his outrage to the crime boss, but at a crucial moment the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why do 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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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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On the elements of a internationally successful comedy movie

I know that humor is extremely difficult to translate across languages. Cultural, linguistic, and historical differences between societies largely account for this difficulty. Consequently, it's ...
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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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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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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 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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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, ...