My Story for You 为了你我愿意热爱整个世界

In 1998, Zhang Changgong gets his first taste of success as a developer in an IT company. At the same time, he meets and falls in love with Li Muzi, a kind and intelligent university student. Unfortunately the IT industry soon faces an economic crisis, and Zhang Changgong is left unemployed. With the help of his friends and family, Changgong faces the challenges head on, and eventually becomes a top-selling author.

To court her, he wrote 137 love letters in a year, exceeding 1 million Chinese characters. To guard her, he created 16 novels with more than 40 million words, working a wonder of internet literature. This is the love story that unfolded for 16 years already between Tang Jian Shao and his wife. ~ Novel Summary

(Source: Wikipedia)

My comment

Well, I feel like all these Chinese dramas have the same storyline but there is something different about this one because it’s all about two Youngsters madly in love who are trying to make some changes for the better. They work hard together despite the economic crisis they are facing and more, Muzi’s mother who wants her daughter to be marrying a man of the same background.

I really loved this story because I guess, just like me, a lot of girls are looking for that man whose going to be there for them no matter what and fight together for a living, to live a better Life. A fantasy I guess…

It’s a 10/10 !

Fishing for Words, Idioms, Phrases…

Hello Poleegloters!

How is your week going so far? Don’t worry, be Happy !

Well, I’ve been trying some new experiences to improve in my languages, it’s been fun and very productive so I’ve decided to write a quick article about how to go “fishing for words, idioms, phrases…”.

First, what is fishing? According to google search, fishing is “the activity of catching fish, either for food or as a sport”, so I’ve decided to apply this method in my pursuit for more vocabulary.

Second, where to fish? Basically everywhere, at anytime: movies, shows, Tv shows, music lyrics, ads, series, magazines, newspapers… You need to be hungry for knowledge, be curious and give a chance to every topic whether it is interesting or not, you need to force yourself because as a future Translator or Interpreter, you will not be stuck in just one field of activity. I remember last summer during my training, I was working for a Conference named France Vet. I met this incredible man, an interpreter who had great experience in the field, he was very good. The Conference was about animals, veterinary medicine, not an easy one, but he was used to it as he told me, he had been the interpreter for the same conference for years. I got to be in the booth with and he had no computer, no vocabulary list, nothing, he just had a paper and a pencil to draw, his iPhone, and headphones on ready to start interpreting. I, on the other hand, was feeding my curiosity with new words and expressions from the Medical Glossary. My point is, that man wasn’t a veterinary medicine expert, he worked on several assignments around the globe and yet he was able to adapt to this rather complicated topic. So to me, the job starts now, and brings us to our last but not least point…

Third, how to fish? Grab a pen and a notebook, set up your fishing rod and be ready to catch a lot of colorful expressions and idioms that will make you sound like a native English speaker.

  • Do not write down the entire script of the movie or show, the purpose here is to identify the words and expressions that you don’t understand. You can find some idioms or phrases that come from a popular belief, a famous book or some historical facts. For example, in the tvshow The Originals there was the saying “Uneasy is the head that wears the crown” which is a line from the play King Henry the Fourth, part Two, by William Shakespeare and refers to a person who has great responsibilities such as a king and is constantly worried, therefore doesn’t sleep soundly. In this episode, this saying was used by Marcel who was wary of his old friend and mentor Klaus Mickaelson, an original vampire willing to do anything to take back the town of New Orleans, to be the new King of the vampires. So Marcel was becoming paranoid and used this saying in a conversation to imply the obvious reason being that his Kingdom was in danger.

 

  • Beware of the language being used in the audio or the video. Whether it’s formal or informal, in which part of the World it is spoken etc. This is crucial. You obviously know that several parts of the World were colonized. The Commonwealth is comprised of 53 states members, so the language is not the same in London or in Accra (Ghana, Africa). Be open-minded and watch movies and productions from these countries, try to dive into their culture. For example in Africa (or in the Caribbean, Solomon Islands and so on), several English speakers would mix the English with the local languages, it is called the Pijin language. It’s the same for the European Spanish and the Latin american Spanish; the thing here is that South American Spanish is the most spoken around the World but European Spanish is the official language in Translation/Interpretation, we have to refer to the RAE (Real Academia Española) and be sure that the words or expressions we use exist in this dictionary. There is all the more reason to learn more words and expressions from one continent to the other and know their proper meaning in European Spanish. The same rules apply to the German language which is spoken in Switzerland, Austria and Germany; and of course in the Chinese language.

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  • After collecting you little treasures, you can try to write an essay or an article and use what you’ve learned. Use synonyms, switch the form of the verbs, replace one word with another. Have fun and make mistakes, it’s the only way to learn ! By doing this, you’ll be memorizing these words in no time…

 

 

 

Trad. Thème FR>ENG

Bonjour !

Aujourd’hui, je vous présente une traduction Thème (du français vers l’anglais) d’un article du journal Le Monde. Cela fait un moment que je n’en ai pas fait et je m’inquiète un peu quant à la fluidité de mes langues d’arrivées. Je commence avec l’anglais car elle est officiellement ma langue B. Mon objectif est d’avoir une combinaison ABBBC (Français-Anglais-Espagnol-Chinois-Allemand), alors il faut que je maîtrise parfaitement l’exercice du Thème. Vous allez pouvoir lire la traduction en anglais sans lire le texte initial, que vous pouvez retrouver sur le site du journal ici.

Traduction

A World built on sand

Since Antiquity, civilizations have been built on simple raw materials like clay, straw and solid stone blocks. Ours, is built on sand. It is by far the most used of all the raw materials consumed by Man, alongside with gravels and various kinds of pebbles, which are included in the production of concrete. It is consumed nearly ten times more than oil and gas on the planet. In the 20th century, we have used up to thirty-four  times more building materials compared to the past centuries; and according to the latest report of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development), released this Tuesday, October 23, this dependency will be even greater in the coming decades. material consumption, predominantly sand and stone, is expected to double by 2060, with the obvious consequences on the natural environments, climate and pollution (representing ten percent of the greenhouse gas emissions).

The first reason for this dependency growth is the growing population which should increase from seven to nine million. The second reason is urbanization, which should affect two-thirds of the World’s inhabitants in 2060. Of course, let’s not forget the economic growth which has a rather paradoxical snowball effect. Beyond a certain level, the more it increases, the more its appetite decreases. In the most highly-developed countries, the progress in economic growth consumes less raw materials. This is the case in Europe or in the United-States and it’s starting to be the case in China. China, where nearly half of the World’s cranes operate should stabilize its consumption of construction materials at twenty-four Gigatonnes, still one quarter of the World’s total consumption, without further increase. This is the reason why the amount of raw materials should “simply” double if the global wealth (World’s Gross Domestic Product) is expected to quadruple between 2011 and 2060.

No 100% recycling

The first limiting factor is a change in the structure of the economy. It is moving towards the tertiary sector so it needs for raw materials are lower than those of an industrial society. Even though a part of this transformation comes from the relocation of resource-intensive activities to the developing countries.

The other factor is technology, especially in terms of recycling. The estimated rise of the price of the raw materials will have a positive impact on this sector, which is more intensive in workforce than the mining sector; it should develop faster than extraction but barely enough to stop it. According to the OECD experts, the dream of having a hundred percent circular economy will remain unattainable. The demand will be so high that it will easily soak up both primary and secondary materials. Therefore, how can we imagine a society that is sober, prosperous and sustainable? An economy overcoming its appetite for sand will be the biggest challenge that capitalism will have to face in the twenty-first century.

 

Des difficultés?

Par où je commence? On se doute bien que traduire dans une langue qui n’est pas la nôtre n’est pas chose facile surtout pour ce qui est des articles de journaux. J’ai eu du mal à traduire plusieurs mots et expressions qui semblent pourtant acquis. Le langage journalistique est plein de tournures grammaticales complexes, d’expressions imagées, j’irais même jusqu’à dire qu’elles sont colorées! Ma technique est je pense, semblable à celle de tous les traducteurs: lire le texte et essayer de traduire au fur et à mesure, noter/souligner les mots que je ne connais pas ou que j’ai du mal à traduire. Quand je commence à traduire, je ne traduis pas littéralement, je traduis surtout le sens des phrases car dans la langue d’arrivée les choses ne sont pas dites ou comprises de la même façon. Le but c’est de se rapprocher au maximum du texte. Je passe beaucoup plus de temps sur un texte que je traduis à la maison, qu’un texte que je dois traduire durant un partiel, parce que la traduction c’est avant tout un travail de recherche; savoir utiliser les outils à notre disposition et trouver les expressions exactes. Durant un partiel, nous n’avons pas le droit aux dictionnaires ou autres outils ce qui est dommage car le plus souvent nous nous reposons sur nos acquis et nous n’enrichissons pas notre vocabulaire. Bref, j’ai noté tous les mots, expressions et notions que j’ai eu à chercher pendant mon travail. Les principaux outils qui ont été utilisés sont: Linguee.com, Word-reference, Google Traduction. Je sais, Google Traduction a mauvaise réputation, mais ça nous donne une idée du sens de la phrase et nous pouvons par la suite effectuer des corrections pour l’améliorer. Ce qui prouve que même si nous vivons dans un Monde qui tourne autour des machines, un logiciel de traduction ne pourra jamais être au niveau d’un Humain Traducteur/Interprète.

Mots, Expressions et Notions

matériaux de construction = construction materials, building materials

“rentre (dans le sens ici de “inclure”) dans la production de béton” = included in the production of concrete

émissions de gaz à effet de serre = greenhouse gas emissions

consommation de matériaux = material consumption

majoritairement, surtout = predominantly

pertes et profits = gains and losses / profits and losses

l’accroissement de la population = population growth/ growing population/ demographic growth/ population increase

croissance économique = economic growth/ growing economy

urbanisation = urbanization

depuis l’Antiquité = since Antiquity/ ancient times

matières premières = raw materials

ressources naturelles = natural resources 

solides blocs de pierre = solid stone blocks

consommer = use up, consume

“avec ses cousins graviers et cailloux” = alongside with gravels and pebbles 

le béton = concrete

richesse globale = global wealth/ overall wealth

le défi = challenge

les pays les plus développés = the most-highly developed countries/ most developed countries

la progression économique = economic progress/ the progress in the economic growth

l’empire du Milieu = The Middle Kingdom (ici j’ai gardé la “Chine”) 

résister à, supporter = withstand

une grue (construction) = crane

“multiplié par 4” = quadrupled

se contenter de = ici j’ai utilisé “simply” mais je continue de chercher un sens plus précis

Produit Intérieur Brut Mondial = World’s Gross Domestic Product

recyclage (des déchets) = recycling/ waste recycling/ recycling of waste

Société Industrielle = industrial society

“les activités gourmandes en ressources” = resource-intensive activities

Pays en développement = Developing Countries

“la hausse prévue” = the estimated/ expected/ forecast growth

économie circulaire = circular economy

“absorber allègrement” = easily absorb/ soak up 

 

 

 

iFamily

Hola todos!

Hoy quiero hablar de una serie española que he descubierto este fin de semana en rtve.es. Se llama “iFamily”.

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Sinopsis:

iFamily’ es una comedia española producida por Televisión Española junto a Juan Alexandre (‘Ana y los siete‘), escrita por José Luis Acosta y dirigida por Rafa Montesinos.

La serie gira en torno a las aventuras de Kike y Luis, dos hermanos totalmente opuestos y que no se soportan el uno al otro pero que tendrán que conseguir sacar a su familia adelante fingiendo ser de una manera totalmente diferente a como realmente son.

Luis, papel interpretado por Antonio Garrido, tiene cuatro hijos de los que nunca se ha ocupado hasta ahora que quiere y no puede: Laura (Sara Vidorreta), Carlos (Santi Díaz), Miguel (Arnau Colomer) y Ana (Alicia Chojnowski).

Luis nunca ejerció de padre y ahora que debe y quiere, no puede. Kike siempre huye de las responsabilidades y ahora le llega la mayor de ellas. Girón, un implacable abogado y Curro, un liante profesional y dueño del bar del barrio donde ambos crecieron, serán los consejeros de uno y otro. También aparecerá Lola, una trabajadora social tan estricta en lo profesional como insegura en lo personal que seguirá de cerca la educación de los niños. Una familia atípica, actual y “conectada”.

Su hermano, Kike (Raúl Fernández), es un chico que huye de todo tipo de preocupaciones y que dedica su tiempo libre a vivir la vida y a jugar a las cartas. Cuando menos se lo espera le llega su primera y más importante responsabilidad: cuidar de sus sobrinos pero no sin antes lograr convencer a Lola (Bárbara Goenaga) de que, a pesar de su forma de afrontar el día a día, está totalmente capacitado para ello.

La ficción cuenta con un reparto estrella que lo completan Fernando Cayo, que da vida al abogado de Luis; Antonio Resines, que encarna a Curro, un empresario que no es trigo limpio; Karmen Garay, Inés en ‘iFamily’, la hija de Curro; Alicia Fernández, que interpreta a África, la niñera, y Chanel Terrero, que es Isa, la actual novia de Luis. La serie se estrena el martes 7 de marzo de 2017.

A mi me encanta mucho ver esta serie por varias razones pero sobretodo para mejorar mi nivel en español y aprender mas sobre la cultura española. La historia es muy interesante también los personajes son atractivos. He visto solo los primeros capítulos y no puedo decir mas que querría saber si habra una segunda temporada…