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Thinking Italian Translation: A Course in Translation Method: Italian to English (Thinking Translation) [Paperback]

Stella Cragie , Patrizia Gambarotta , Ian Higgins , Hervey Sandor
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28 Sep 2000 0415206812 978-0415206815 1st ed
Thinking Italian Translation is a comprehensive and practical translation course. It focuses on improving translation quality and gives clear definitions of translation theories. Texts are taken from sources including journalism, technical texts and screenplays. Translation issues addressed include cultural differences, genre, and revision and editing.
Adapted from the successful French-based Thinking Translation (1992), the course has been piloted and refined at the Universities of St Andrews and Glasgow. A Tutor's Handbook offering invaluable guidance on using the course is available for free download at

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1st ed edition (28 Sep 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415206812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415206815
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.7 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 333,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Thinking Italian Translation is a useful resource for any university department or undergraduate/postgraduate involved in the skill of translating. It helps to develop Italian-English translating skills and provides a valuable base on which to build in the future. This is valuable training material for university departments coping with the demand of the growing translation market.' - Tuttitalia

About the Author

Sándor Hervey was formerly Reader in Linguistics at the University of St Andrews. Ian Higgins is Senior Lecturer in French at the University of St Andrews. Stella Cragie is Visiting Lecturer in Translation at the University of Westminster. Patrizia Gambarotta is Lecturer in Italian at the University of Mumbai, India.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent course in translation 17 Jan 2004
I studied translation at university and this textbook was used as a base for our course. I found it to be extremely comprehensive and detailed, as each chapter clearly covers the difficulties that can be found in various areas of translation. It highlights the main techniques used when approaching translation methodology for the first time. Many people follow translation courses however this book provides an excellent support for those who are beginning to look more closely at the real techniques involved - not merely translating literally but looking more closely and the language and the overall effect of translation on a text.
I found this to be an excellent guide, not only informative with very relevant examples of linguistic traps but also written with real humour and personality. Overally an extremely useful and enjoyable text which can be used as a base for a course or indeed as personal reading for anyone fascinated by language and translation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great intro to translation 14 May 2009
A really accessible book for anyone new to and interested in translation, for whatever reason. My only problem with it was the preponderance of literary examples given to illustrate translation points. In the real world translators rarely spend much time translating novels and poems, as it isn't very lucrative and there isn't a lot of work around. So I'd've preferred a few more technical, legal, or scientific texts to get more of an idea of the kinds of things a translator has to work on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great 10 Dec 2010
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Well written, useful and helpful, makes you think about translation process and makes you focus on issues related to translation so that when you translate you are really aware of what you are doing.
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