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A Strawberry by Any Other Name: Intricacies in Food Translations

1/30/2018 by Sara Leonhartsberger

Perhaps one of the most intriguing challenges facing translators today is translations for food. Food items, while a global experience, possess strong cultural and regional associations, transforming shared general objects into diverse specific terms, of which a translator must be aware. Although these difficulties become quite apparent when translating food items originating in one culture and language into another, a subtler challenge arises with differing terms for the same food item within a shared language. Translators confronted with these challenges can choose from several courses of action to provide the best translation, depending on the context of target audience or clarity.

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