miércoles, enero 05, 2011

Experimento (Philadelphia)

Hay un juego infantil muy parecido a esto.

Tomaré una frase no demasiado complicada, sin nombres propios, pero lo suficientemente extravagante:

"Me gusta masticar chicle en el metro mientras me miras porque me excito."

Usaré el traductor de google para traducirla al inglés:

"I like chewing gum on the subway while looking at me because I get excited."

Queda claro que el traductor lo ha programado un angloparlante porque ha hecho exactamente lo que hacen la mayoría de ingleses que conozco: comerse los pronombres personales. Bueno, nada grave. Pasemos la frase en inglés al italiano:

"Mi piacciono le gomme da masticare in metropolitana, mentre mi guardava perché mi eccito."

Claro, aquí "masticar chicle" pasó, tras la primera traducción al inglés, a simplemente "chicle" por casualidad. Bueno, algún cani de Napoles y alrededores no lo diría de forma muy distinta, pero ya se está perdiendo el significado de la segunda parte de la frase, si no me equivoco. Pasemos la frase en italiano al francés:

"J'aime mâcher de la gomme dans le métro, tandis qu'il me regardait parce que je suis excité."

Mi francés no es muy bueno, pero parece que sigue teniendo cierto (bizarro) sentido. Pasemos esta frase al portugués:

"Assim como goma de mascar no metrô, enquanto olhava para mim, porque eu estou animado."

Ya la estamos liando, pero bueno, el problema fue mío al introducir, adrede, el verbo "excitar", que en inglés es mucho más polisémico que en español. Por lo demás, ya es sólo vagamente reconocible. Venga, un último intento, esta vez del portugués al alemán:

"Wie Kaugummi auf dem U-Bahn und sah mich an, weil ich aufgeregt bin"

Muy curioso: el traductor no ha tenido ningún problema en traducir siempre de forma correcta la palabra "Metro". Por pura suerte, por supuesto, porque en español bien podría estar refiriéndome a otra cosa. Pasemos por último al español de nuevo:

"Al igual que la goma de mascar en el metro y miró a mí, porque estoy emocionado"

Un completo desastre.

Y esto demuestra por qué algunos libros editados por ciertas editoriales que no voy a mencionar son ilegibles. Y sí, soy editor. Y sí, he vivido varios años con una traductora, así que es obvio que no es un tema en el que pueda ser imparcial.

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