The Little Book of Transcreation – excerpt #6

Differences in writing styles often go well beyond words in different languages.

In English and Northern European languages, there is an emphasis on logical structure. (“Tell them what you’re going to tell them, tell them, tell them what you’ve just told them.”)

In languages such as French or Spanish, this style is often thought dull or inelegant. Digressions are seen as a sign of intellect, not disorganization.

And in Asian languages, people tend to talk around the subject. Concerns about loss of face mean it is common to present all sides of an issue, with conclusions only hinted at, not explicitly stated.

Differences in writing styles often go well beyond words in different languages

 

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