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kirstyleee

Jul 14, 2009, 3:05 AM

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NEED HELP ASAP how do u say ' strengh is my mother' in spanish

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hey i need help asap on how to say/write

'strength is my mother'

HELPPPP!
THNX



BrentB

Jul 16, 2009, 7:09 PM

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Re: [kirstyleee] NEED HELP ASAP how do u say ' strengh is my mother' in spanish

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One could say:

Fuerza ( o vigor o fortaleza) es mi madre.
In many places you'd say mamá instead of madre
The word madre isn't considered polite in some places, especially referring to one's own.

Brent


La Isla


Jul 17, 2009, 12:08 PM

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A little better would be "La fuerza (vigor, fortaleza, firmeza, etc.) es mi madre", though it still sounds unnatural to me. Since "strength is my mother" is a saying in English, it probably shouldn't be translated directly into Spanish in the first place. What do the other language mavens who frequent this thread think?


BrentB

Jul 17, 2009, 6:23 PM

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Re: [La Isla] NEED HELP ASAP how do u say ' strengh is my mother' in spanish

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of course, toss in the appropriate pronoun. Agreed that the saying doesn't sound correct. In Mexico, I wouldn't say madre.
I never heard " necessity is the mother of invention", either in Latin America.

Brent


La Isla


Jul 17, 2009, 7:04 PM

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Actually, the is a definite article. It's used in Spanish to denote a noun used in a general, abstract sense, while in English we generally omit the definite article in such situations. For example, the difference between "Money is the root of all evil" and "El dinero es la raíz de todos los males". This is one of those differences between the two languages that is difficult for my Spanish-speaking English students to grasp and use correctly.


BrentB

Jul 17, 2009, 9:22 PM

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"El amor del dinero es la raíz de todos los males"

brent


La Isla


Jul 17, 2009, 9:29 PM

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That's certainly another possible translation of the English phrase. I wrote mine with a little help from my favorite on-line dictionary from Collins.


BrentB

Jul 18, 2009, 6:27 PM

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I meant that the "true" saying is reported to be "the love of money is the root of all evil"

El dinero no es malo,avarício sí es.

brent


mazbook1


Jul 24, 2009, 6:22 PM

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kirstyleee,

I agree completely with La Isla's posts #3 and #5. I would also say that literally translating sayings like that and particularly song lyrics is something to be avoided. It's VERY unlikely that the intended meaning will come through into the other language.


La Isla


Jul 25, 2009, 8:39 AM

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kirstyleee,

I agree completely with La Isla's posts #3 and #5. I would also say that literally translating sayings like that and particularly song lyrics is something to be avoided. It's VERY unlikely that the intended meaning will come through into the other language.


I didn't realize that the phrase the OP wanted to translate is from a song. As a part-time translator, I've become very aware of the need not to literally translate more than isolated vocabulary items, or I'll end up with Spanglish instead of English or Spanish. Mazbook's comment makes it clear why translations of song lyrics into a second or third language never quite capture what made the song popular in the first place. They end up being watered down or just completely different. Some wonderful songs by Jacques Brel come to mind here; the English translations seem especially insipid compared to the poetic sophistication of the original French lyrics.


esperanza

Jul 25, 2009, 9:33 AM

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La Isla, I don't think "strength is my mother" is a song lyric. I could well be wrong, though, since I am pretty much out of the English-lyric loop.

IMHO, mazbook1 meant that it was difficult to translate both sayings AND song lyrics. I completely agree.

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La Isla


Jul 25, 2009, 9:40 AM

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La Isla, I don't think "strength is my mother" is a song lyric. I could well be wrong, though, since I am pretty much out of the English-lyric loop.

IMHO, mazbook1 meant that it was difficult to translate both sayings AND song lyrics. I completely agree.


As do I!


morgaine7


Jul 25, 2009, 10:59 AM

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Apparently it's from a Cristina Aguilera song (see third stanza):
http://www.letrastraducidas.com/...d/I%27m_Ok-10937.htm

Kate


jerezano

Jul 26, 2009, 7:46 AM

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Hello ,

Kate's previous answer giving the url for the song leads you to the entire song and its translation into Spanish. The translation published there of the third stanza follows:>>>>>>>>>>>>

Bruises fade father, but the pain remains the same
And I still remember how you kept me so afraid
Strength is my mother for all the love she gave
And every morning that I wake
I look back at yesterday
And I'm OK


Los daños desaparecen padre, pero el dolor es el mismo
Y todavía recuerdo cómo me tenías tan asustada
La fuerza es mi madre por todo el amor que ella me dio
Y cada mañana que despierto
Miro al ayer
Y estoy bien
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jerezano


zaragemca

Nov 11, 2009, 10:18 AM

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Greeting, the direct meaning is used only in literary works, FUERZA MATERNAL, (fuerza de madre). The origin is from the Latin. Gerry Zaragemca
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