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Entries in lyrical translation (1)

Tuesday
Mar072017

Music Is A Universal Language But Songs Are An Agony To Translate

It is often said that music is a universal language and that may be true. However, a translator tasked with translating English songs into any target language will tell you what an agony it is to translate a song’s lyrics into another language, because it involves a lot of trade-offs. The translator has to decide if accuracy is needed or to make the song “singable” by sacrificing its original structure, rhythm and references.

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