Yao Shun Translation Tips on Practice - 廚房英語不宜華麗?(上)

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廚房英語不宜華麗?(上)

那是筆者在翻譯課上拿出來研究的一篇至愛,每次讓全班同學細讀推敲之後,問大家:「對這篇文字有甚麼觀感?覺得它好不好?」然後聲明這是出現在澳大利亞某鎮上一間中國餐館門外的告示,此店招待中外食客。

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結果總是班中同學相當反感,內地的學生比香港臺灣的反應尤其強烈 ── 大家一窩蜂指出中英如何不對照,誤導讀者,所以是劣譯,不足為法云云。

然後,筆者認真對全班說,周老師卻有相反的意見:此譯文簡直是超班演出,譯者完全了解此次使命的目標、本質,還掌握了專業文字工作的竅門。若是先有中文版英譯的話(照常理推測亦該如此),這個翻譯任務表現精采絕倫,如要評分,值"A+"。這個演出簡直可遇而不可求,足為譯林典範。你知道為甚麼嗎?同意筆者的判斷嗎?

請先好好研究研究,再聽筆者下一篇分析。

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