January 15, 2007

Stories suffer in English

Translating tales into EnglishThe secret to a story's meaning lies in how the tale is told.

Told in their original language, Navajo stories are "like eating the best part of the roast beef, the one that you're afraid you'll look like a pig if you ask for it," Navajo storyteller Sunny Dooley said.

Translated to English, however, the old stories lose some of their richness, she said.

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