Zee Gimon

I am Zee. I call myself the Observer because that's what I find myself doing most of the time - observe life and people around me. My blog is a Pensieve, similar to that of Dumbledore, used to keep the thoughts and random ideas that visit my brain.

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  • To my way of thinking humbling myself and humiliating myself are two different animals. Humbling myself is the act of putting others before me. Humiliating myself is when I have done or am doing something that lowers dignity and goes against common actions. Not sure that explains my thoughts very well.

    • It does, from an English language standpoint. In Russian, however, those are very similar and almost interchangeable terms, which presents quite a lot of ground for confusion.

  • betty-wiseheartedwomen.blogspo

    I would ditto what Bill said but thats in the English language, must be hard due to the Russian language. When that happens in a tribal language the translators sometimes have to use another word in that language to explain.

    • There are many tricky things like that – I have stumbled across quite a few in the years of translating from English to Russian and back. Some are minor, but some, especially the ones that concern the translations of the Bible, can be very disturbing if interpreted incorrectly.

      For example, Malachi 2:16 (I hope to never translate a sermon based on this verse…)

      Most English translations say:

      “For I hate divorce!” says the LORD, the God of Israel. “To divorce your wife is to overwhelm her with cruelty,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. “So guard your heart; do not be unfaithful to your wife.”

      However, traditional Russian translation says:

      “If you hate her, let her go,” says the Lord.”

      As you see, it can be quite “fun” to translate a sermon on divorce given this verse as a basis. (Btw, the original Hebrew can mean both of those options… so there’s no definitive answer as to which translation is right. My best guess is “God hates divorce, but if the husband and wife truly hate each other, it’s better for them to go apart than continue destroying each other.”)

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