April 19th, 2017

Keep Calm

How do you translate “you?” It’s hard

When you’re translating, the little words can be big problems, especially “you.” It’s one of the hardest words to translate. In Spanish, the word “you” can be tú, usted, ustedes, vosotros, vosotras, os, ti, vos, se, te, lo, le, la, uno, una, los, las, les. I know how to translate “you” by the context, although at times I need a fair amount of context, and expressing the precise meaning in English can be another challenge.

In under four minutes, this TED video explains why there are so many possibilities. Who knew it was so complicated?

http://ed.ted.com/lessons/one-of-the-most-difficult-words-to-translate-krystian-aparta

— Sue Burke