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22 March 2008 @ 12:36 pm
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I need translations (in any language - I will totally welcome things like Elvish and Klingon, too) for the following five words:

Welcome

Read

Listen

Create

Explore

Any bilingual/multilingual people out there who like to help me out? You'll get - okay. You'll just get thanks. But they will be very sincere thanks.
 
 
 
Blackletterblackletter on March 22nd, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
Singular or plural imperative?
tried to eat the safe banana: Greek to methefourthvine on March 22nd, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC)
Singular, please!
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Sorcieré: Dannebrogsorciere on March 22nd, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
Danish:

Welcome: Velkommen
Read: Læs (to read - at læse)
Listen: Lyt (to listen - at lytte)
Create: Skab (to create - at skabe, which is the best translation I can think of. It sounds a bit silly as just 'skab', which also means closet, but uh. Yeah. I haz cold.)
Explore: Udforsk (to explore - at udforske. Ditto for this. Sounds silly as an order-of-sorts, but it's the best I can think of)

Any other Danish-speakers are welcome to correct me - I'm at home with a cold so my brain really isn't at its best right now X.x
tried to eat the safe banana: Greek to methefourthvine on March 22nd, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC)
*beams*

Thank you so much!
(no subject) - lattara on March 22nd, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC) (Expand)
~eledhwenlin on March 22nd, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
German:

Welcome - Willkommen

Read - Lies!

Listen - Höre!

Create - eh, can of worms, actually. Create in which context? There are manifold translation depending on what you're creating. Most general one would be, IMHO, "Erschaffe".

Explore - Erkunde!/Erforsche! (although the second one is more like research)
Neeryneery on March 22nd, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
Ah, you beat me to it. ;)
(no subject) - thefourthvine on March 22nd, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Neeryneery on March 22nd, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
I can help you out with German, but I need more context than that. Do you just want the basic form of the verb?
tried to eat the safe banana: Words.thefourthvine on March 22nd, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
Just the basic form, yup, but I think eledhwenlin has German covered. Thank you, though!

Edited at 2008-03-22 08:06 pm (UTC)
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Not your everyday Viking angel: Heh!shadowvalkyrie on March 22nd, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
You don't know me, but, well... I found your request browsing other people's f-list. (No, I have no life, why do you ask?)

Here's German imperative singular:

welcome = (sei) willkommen

read = lies

listen = hör zu

create = erschaffe

explore = erforsche
Not your everyday Viking angel: Heh!shadowvalkyrie on March 22nd, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, and more formal for "listen" would be "horche".
(no subject) - thefourthvine on March 22nd, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC) (Expand)
there's nobody here but us chickensincidental_fire on March 22nd, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
Here, have some Latin! (From accidentalfan, since you really wouldn't want to trust my Latin skills.)

Welcome: Salve (apparently there isn't an easy way to say "Welcome" in Latin, so that's "Hello")
Read: Lege
Listen: Audi
Create: Fac (to make), Crea (to make/elect/beget)
Explore: Explora
tried to eat the safe banana: Greek to methefourthvine on March 22nd, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you! (And my Latin skills are likewise, um. I think "rusty" is too generous. Let's put it this way: my middle school Latin teachers weep.)
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I was raised the old-fashioned way: be a geek || the hushsasha_davidovna on March 22nd, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
Russian
Welcome - Dobro pozhalovat'! (добро пожаловать!)

The rest of these are imperfective infinitive (basically, current or habitual actions).

(to) Read - Chitat' (читать)
(to) Listen - Slushat' (слушать)
(to) Create - Sozdavat' (probably) (создавать)
(to) Explore - Issledovat' (исследовать)
I was raised the old-fashioned waysasha_davidovna on March 22nd, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
oops, imperatives
Conveniently, all those verbs go imperative the same way, by replacing the -t' with -ay (singular informal) or -ayte (singular formal/plural). So,

chitat' -> chitay or chitayte (читай or читайте)

Imperfective imperative would be for general advice, repeated actions, etc.
Re: oops, imperatives - thefourthvine on March 22nd, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Slight correction, plus Tajik - sasha_davidovna on March 22nd, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: oops, imperatives - thefourthvine on March 22nd, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: oops, imperatives - sasha_davidovna on March 22nd, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC) (Expand)
[will fuck for sex]: froganatsuno on March 22nd, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
French
Welcome : Bienvenue

infinitive, as in 'to read, click here'? would be

Read : Lire
Listen : Ecouter
Create : Créer
Explore : Explorer

in French with the imperative you have to chose singular or plural, which is not based on 'do I address one person at once or several' but on 'do i adress one person casually or formally'? - this is a tough choice, which is why I think we mostly stick to the infinitive instead. but:

(imperative singular, aka the casual form)

Read: Lis
Listen: Ecoute
Create: Crée
Explore: Explore

(imperative plural, aka the formal choice for singular address)

Read: Lisez
Listen: Ecoutez
Create: Créez
Explore: Explorez

Edited at 2008-03-22 07:56 pm (UTC)
tried to eat the safe banana: Greek to methefourthvine on March 22nd, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
Re: French
Thank you so much!

Under the circumstances, I would go with the imperative plural, because it's formal. (In French, you address a person in the plural if you're being formal? Huh. Interesting. *has learned something*)

Re: French - xenakis_ on March 22nd, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC) (Expand)
vienna_waitsvienna_waits on March 22nd, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
German (I'm assuming the first word is a greeting, and I'm just using infinitives for the other four, not direct-address imperatives--if you want those instead, they're longer):
Willkommen
lesen
hören
schaffen
erkunden

If you provided more context about what you're doing with this (where you are posting this and for what target audience, what topic is being discussed, etc.), I might be able to give you a better translation. (Disclaimer: I am a professional translator. People's requests for all-purpose translations of words without context are probably why you end up with so many laughable translations on signs and the like. Translation without context often ends in tears. [/professional rant])
tried to eat the safe banana: Words.thefourthvine on March 22nd, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!

I hear you on the professional translator frustration (although, hey, you have an awesome job!), but, sadly, my knowledge of the intended context is limited. I'm assuming it will be for signs, you know, ones that say "Welcome!" (which is, indeed, intended to be a greeting) or "Read!" or whatever. Except in many languages.
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sevenall: velvetsevenall on March 22nd, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
Swedish:

welcome = välkommen

read = läsa

listen = lyssna

create = skapa

explore = utforska
tried to eat the safe banana: Words.thefourthvine on March 22nd, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC)
Yay! And thank you so much!
summerteasummertea on March 22nd, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
Welcome
Mandarin: huan(1) ying(2) (欢迎 huān yíng)
Japanese: youkoso (ようこそ)

Read
Mandarin: du(2) (shu(1)) (读书 dú shū) or nian(4) (shu(1)) (念书 niàn shū) ('shu' is literally 'book'. 'du' or 'nian' are the verbs. usage of 'shu' is dependent on the context.)
Japanese: yomu (to read, not conjugated) (読む)

Listen
Mandarin: ting(1) (听 tīng)
Japanese: kiku (to listen, not conjugated) (聞く)

Create
Mandarin: depending on the context, it's either chuang(4) zuo(4) (创作 chuàng zuò) or just zuo(4) (作 zuò)
Japanese: souzou suru (創造 する) (it's literally 'to cause to exist')

Explore
Mandarin: tan(4) xian(3) (探险 tàn xiǎn)
Japanese: tanken suru (to go on an expedition) (探検する), saguru (to investigate) (探る)
Jen Atheneathenejen on March 22nd, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
And in traditional Chinese characters (as used in Taiwan and some overseas Chinese communities):

Welcome: 歡迎

Read: 讀

Listen: 聽

Create: 創作
[Definitely contextual; this version is specifically "create," with imagination implied, whereas zuo4 (作) by itself is a more general "do" or "make."]

Explore: 探險
[Also a bit contextual. This version (tan4xian3) is to explore in a sort of adventuresome way. If you want explore in a more investigative sort of way, then go with tan4suo3: 探索. I suspect the latter is more commonly used as well, but I'm not a native speaker so don't quote me on that.]
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ngaiongaio on March 22nd, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
Welsh?

Welcome = Croeso

... I *should* know read, and listen. And my 7 year old daughter definitely does but it's past her bedtime! Sorry.
tried to eat the safe banana: Arms outstretched.thefourthvine on March 22nd, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
Welsh would be awesome!

And I am very impressed with your daughter. *admires her*
(no subject) - ngaio on March 23rd, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Paceuspaceus on March 22nd, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
In Finnish:

Welcome - Tervetuloa
Read - Lue
Listen - Kuuntele
Create - Luo
Explore - Tutki
tried to eat the safe banana: Arms outstretched.thefourthvine on March 22nd, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you! *admires*

(Are there supposed to be any marks or anything over any of the letters? I spent a great deal of time fighting with a Finnish website recently*, and there were, you know, marks on the letters there.

* To no very successful end. Apparently, if I want a replacement stylus for Best Beloved's internet tablet, I will have no choice but to send in a Finnish secret agent. Know any?)
(no subject) - paceus on March 23rd, 2008 06:33 am (UTC) (Expand)
Paulien: Captain Jack - Doctoooor!ziplocless on March 22nd, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
Dutch

Welcome = Welkom
Read = lees
Listen = luister
create = creëer
Explore = onderzoek (research), verken (discovery of unknown regions)
V.: SGA John Sleepyaurora_84 on March 22nd, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
*highfives you*
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