DIALOG/EXECUTIVE LANGUAGE CENTER
Communicate Effectively. Communicate with confidence
+7 (495) 969-8746
+7 (812) 240-4718

English | Russian
                                   REAL        REAL

What's happening at Dialog and in language training worldwide.

Surreal in translation: Matt Lindley and Marcus Oakley's foreign proverbs – in pictures

The Guardian November 30, 2014


The cat is out of the bag: proverbs sound ridiculous when they’re translated. London-based writer Matt Lindley has become fascinated with how foreign idioms translate into surreal phrases. “A country’s idioms can give us an insight into a culture,” he says. “There’s something slightly ‘other’ about foreign sayings, that reveals quite a different way of thinking.” After Lindley collected the sayings, Edinburgh-based artist Marcus Oakley turned them into illustrations for travel website Hotel Club. “I’m sure English idioms sound really strange to other people,” Lindley says. “Often ones that resonate with different cultures are the ones that are quite far away from the ones they have.”

Address: Moscow
Petrovskiy Boulevard 15/1, office 18
Address: Saint Petersburg
Nevsky Prospect, 55
Tel: (499) 750-1514, (812) 240-4718
Fax: (495) 917-2377

E-mail:
infoelc@exlang.ru

©2013-2014 Dialog/Executive Language Center. All rights reserved.
The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used,
except with prior written permission of Dialog/Executive Language Center.