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A suitable source text for a contest has the following characteristics:
  • It is about 300 - 400 words in length.
  • It is very well-written.
  • It is rich with sentences or expressions that can be translated in any of a number of ways (when there are several areas open to interpretation, a chance is provided for translators of that text to distinguish themselves).
  • It has a measure of completeness or closure in itself (even if it is an excerpt from a longer text)
  • Its content is of general interest.
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  • It does not contain too many highly-specialized terms (words that a native speaker of the language would have to look up in a dictionary to understand).
  • Ideally, the first sentence of the text is one that immediately catches the reader's interest.
  • It may contain cultural elements that add additional challenge and interest.
  • There is no legal impediment to using the text in a contest (either because the text is out of copyright, or permission to use the text has been obtained).
  • Previous translations of the text are not readily obtainable.
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Proposed texts

LanguageTitle/attributionFeedbackProposer
албанский"Vajza që nuk nuhaste" by Aurora Kenga
Aurora Kenga
Aurora Kenga
Албания
(Native in албанский)
арабскийFrom: "Al-Nazaraat" by Mustafa Lutfi Al-Manfaluti
jehd mahdi
jehd mahdi
Ирландия
(Native in арабский)
арабскийThe National
mrachidi
mrachidi
США
(Native in арабский)
арабскийFeeling with pain in Medicine and Quran
romio0
romio0
Палестина
(Native in арабский)
арабскийfrom ranaarab
ranaarab
ranaarab
Объединенные Арабские Эмираты
(Native in арабский)
арабскийexcerpt from Nazarat
(Native in арабский)
арабскийexcerpt from Nazarat
(Native in арабский)
арабскийA Plea for Freedom
May Darwiche (X)
May Darwiche (X)
Канада
(Native in арабский)
арабскийPistachio Theory
(Native in арабский)
арабскийjoke
Asmaa Selim
Asmaa Selim
Египет
(Native in арабский)
арабскийA Group of Short Stories by Mohammed Abdalwali
Faisal Aldawli
Faisal Aldawli
Йемен
(Native in арабский)
арабскийA Group of Short Stories by Mohammed Abdalwali
Faisal Aldawli
Faisal Aldawli
Йемен
(Native in арабский)
арабскийA Group of Short Stories by Mohammed Abdalwali
Faisal Aldawli
Faisal Aldawli
Йемен
(Native in арабский)
армянский"Mtnadzor" by Aksel Bakunts
Kristine Khemchyan
Kristine Khemchyan
Армения
(Native in армянский)
азербайджанскийBizdən başqa
Sugura Maharramova
Sugura Maharramova
Азербайджан
(Native in азербайджанский)
азербайджанскийGözlə(poem)
Sugura Maharramova
Sugura Maharramova
Азербайджан
(Native in азербайджанский)
болгарскийНема такава държава by Slavi Trifonov and the Ku-Ku Band
Peter Skipp
Peter Skipp
Болгария
(Native in болгарский)
болгарскийА дано, ама надали by Grafa and Mihaela Fileva and Venzy
Peter Skipp
Peter Skipp
Болгария
(Native in болгарский)
болгарскийНощна песен
Irina Yakimova
Irina Yakimova
Болгария
(Native in болгарский)
болгарскийFrom "Дванайсте минути любов/ История с танго" by Капка Касабова
Tsveta Velikova
Tsveta Velikova
Испания
(Native in болгарский)
болгарский" И ме няма" - Ева Георгиева(EVA) и N.A.S.O
Rositsa Naskova
Rositsa Naskova
Болгария
(Native in болгарский)
бирманскийနောင်တကင်းရာသို့ - နန္ဒာသိန်းဇံ
Su Myat Noe
Su Myat Noe
Мьянма
(Native in бирманский)
китайскийFrom 革命时期的爱情 by 王小波
(Not native in китайский)
китайскийFrom "Red Rose and White Rose" by Eileen Chang
Yuan Gao
Yuan Gao
Италия
(Native in китайский)
хорватскийFrom "Za prozorskim staklom (Tragedija jedne djevojke)" by Ivan Goran Kovačić
Korana Lovri (X)
Korana Lovri (X)
Хорватия
(Native in хорватский)
голландскийTitle: Aljaska en de Canada-spoorweg From "De Aarde en haar volken", Jaargang 1892
Irenay
Irenay
Словения
(Not native in голландский)
английскийDemocracy is Coming to the U.S.A. from the album The Future by Leonard Cohen
Peter Skipp
Peter Skipp
Болгария
(Native in английский)
английскийStory of the Buddha
(Not native in английский)
английскийHousehold Water
mrachidi
mrachidi
США
(Native in английский)
английскийDiabetes mellitus
Hanifa Rahimi
Hanifa Rahimi
Афганистан
(Not native in английский)
английскийQuality Management in Social Service Organizations
José Moreira
José Moreira
Португалия
(Not native in английский)
английскийA Septuagenarian Bank Robber Goes from The New Yorker to the Big Screen by David Grann
RUTH MARIA KAKOGIANNOS
RUTH MARIA KAKOGIANNOS
Бразилия
(Not native in английский)
английскийEnvinroment Health Safety (EHS) Policy
Arie Ravid
Arie Ravid
Израиль
(Not native in английский)
английскийwiktionaere
Reni Bifamo Von
Reni Bifamo Von
Монако
(Not native in английский)
английскийRussia World Cup
Maria Celina Soares
Maria Celina Soares
Бразилия
(Not native in английский)
английскийCashless by Santi Prastiwi K
Santi Komariyah
Santi Komariyah
Индонезия
(Not native in английский)
английский"Trash Talk: On Translating Garbage" by Lina Mounzer
Emal Ghamsharick
Emal Ghamsharick
Германия
(Native in английский)
английскийFrom "The customer is always right"
mdperezlopez
mdperezlopez
Аргентина
(Native in английский)
английскийmind vs labor
(Not native in английский)
английскийA Farewell to Arms
Suzana Memieva
Suzana Memieva
Болгария
(Not native in английский)
фарси (персидский)این ارزش‌ها را به فرزندانتان بیاموزید
(Native in фарси (персидский))
фарси (персидский)یلدا
(Native in фарси (персидский))
фарси (персидский)تاریخچه چهارشنبه سوری توسط حسین حسینی پناه در دوشنبه دوازدهم اسفند 1387
azamy20
azamy20
Иран
(Not native in фарси (персидский))
фарси (персидский)Painting from ANDISHE magazine
(Native in фарси (персидский))
французский"Comment gérer son deuil" by Daniel NDENGUE
Dany Patrick
Dany Patrick
Камерун
(Native in французский)
французскийFrom "Le Bourgeon" by Georges Feydeau
(Not native in французский)
французскийC’est terminé !
Sednick Bordes
Sednick Bordes
Гаити
(Native in французский)
французскийĽenseignement supérieur en France
Sipan Youssef
Sipan Youssef
Турция
(Not native in французский)
французскийĽenseignement supérieur en France
Sipan Youssef
Sipan Youssef
Турция
(Not native in французский)
французскийUmberto Eco est mort: L'art permet de rendre aimable la laideur du monde
Marijana Pejovic
Marijana Pejovic
Черногория
(Not native in французский)
немецкий„Max und Helen“ von Simon Wiesenthal
(Not native in немецкий)
гуджарати"Post Office" By Dhoomketu, Gourishankar Joshi
Mira Desai
Mira Desai
Индия
(Native in гуджарати)
гаитянский креольскийEde pitit ou vin responsab by Reveye n'!
Sednick Bordes
Sednick Bordes
Гаити
(Native in гаитянский креольский)
хиндиTravel Horror Story
Davinder Singh
Davinder Singh
Индия
(Not native in хинди)
венгерскийAdapted from "Kincsem, a magyar csoda ló", Erdekesvilag.hu
Zsofia Koszegi-Nagy
Zsofia Koszegi-Nagy
Великобритания
(Native in венгерский)
венгерскийFrom 'The most famous female inventors and their inventions / A leghíresebb női feltalálók és találmányaik", Erdekesvilag.hu
Zsofia Koszegi-Nagy
Zsofia Koszegi-Nagy
Великобритания
(Native in венгерский)
индонезийскийPembayaran Non-Tunai Oleh Santi
Santi Komariyah
Santi Komariyah
Индонезия
(Native in индонезийский)
индонезийскийBelajar Bersama
Adrian Christian Kaunang
Adrian Christian Kaunang
Индонезия
(Native in индонезийский)
итальянскийLa sardina Rocchina
EdiUniversum
EdiUniversum
Италия
(Not native in итальянский)
итальянскийParole in silenzio
Leanne Young
Leanne Young
Италия
(Not native in итальянский)
японскийFrom "刺靑 (Shisei)" by 谷崎潤一郞 (Junichiro Tanizaki)
Akikorossella
Akikorossella
Италия
(Not native in японский)
казахскийAl Farabi
Gulnar Sultanbek
Gulnar Sultanbek
Казахстан
(Native in казахский)
казахскийAl Farabi
Gulnar Sultanbek
Gulnar Sultanbek
Казахстан
(Native in казахский)
курдскийThe flute player
(Native in курдский)
персидский (фарси)پیدایش جشن نوروز
(Native in персидский (фарси))
персидский (фарси)تاریخچه چهارشنبه سوری نوشته شده توسط حسین حسینی پناه در دوشنبه دوازدهم اسفند 1387
azamy20
azamy20
Иран
(Not native in персидский (фарси))
польскийFrom "Hasło kobiety-obywatelki" by Jadwiga Jahołkowska
Ewelina Zatryb
Ewelina Zatryb
Польша
(Native in польский)
польскийFrom "Opis obyczajów za panowania Augusta III" by Jędrzej Kitowicz
metafrasi.pl
metafrasi.pl
Польша
(Native in польский)
польскийFrom "Słowa cienkie i grube" by Tadeusz Boy-Żeleński
Monika Szymaniak
Monika Szymaniak
Польша
(Native in польский)
Portuguese (EU)From my own personal literary website, by Tiago Santos Lima (me)
(Native in Portuguese (EU))
Portuguese (EU)A Terceira Margem do Rio, by Guimarães Rosa (Brazilian writer)
Renato Santos
Renato Santos
Бразилия
(Native in Portuguese (EU))
Portuguese (EU)Brazilian National Anthem / Hino Nacional do Brasil, Written by/Letra: Joaquim Osório Duque Estrada, 1909. Composed by/Composição: Francisco Manuel da Silva, 1822
VERLOW W. JR.
VERLOW W. JR.
Бразилия
(Not native in Portuguese (EU))
Portuguese (EU)"A Máquina do Mundo" by Carlos Drummond de Andrade
Marcelo Umeda
Marcelo Umeda
Бразилия
(Native in Portuguese (EU))
Portuguese (EU)"Acapulco - Coleccionador de Tesouro" de Pedro Correia
Helga Ferreira
Helga Ferreira
Португалия
(Native in Portuguese (EU))
пенджабскийDangers to environment during globalisation by Dr Tejinder Virli
Major Nagra
Major Nagra
Канада
(Native in пенджабский)
русскийАлександр Блок "В дюнах"
(Native in русский)
русскийFrom "Школа в Кармартене" by Анна Коростелева
(Native in русский)
русский«Божественная комедия» Данте (отрывок)
Svetlana Golovko
Svetlana Golovko
Украина
(Native in русский)
русский<<весенняя ночь>> Су Ши
Dinara Umetalieva
Dinara Umetalieva
Кыргызстан
(Not native in русский)
сербскийOdlomak iz pripovetke „Pogledi“ Gordane Jujić
Gordana Jujić
Gordana Jujić
Сербия
(Native in сербский)
сомалиTaariikhda dagaalkii 1977 Somalia iyo Ethiopia
Siyad Abdulahi
Siyad Abdulahi
Эфиопия
(Native in сомали)
испанскийFrom "Romero a Roma" by Bruno Moreno Ramos [399 words, I confirm that I have obtained permission to use the text and that there are no previous translations of the text]
(Native in испанский)
испанскийTransparencias by Xinia Estrada (I am the author of the proposed text)
(Native in испанский)
испанскийFrom "Tierras Móviles" by Tania Damianoff
(Native in испанский)
испанскийFrom "Tierras Móviles" by Tania Damianoff
(Native in испанский)
испанскийTierras Móviles by Tania Damianoff
(Native in испанский)
испанскийCarlos Varela "Una palabra"
(Not native in испанский)
испанскийDificultades para contar chistes que les gusten a todos los hispanoparlantes
Marco Ramón
Marco Ramón
Мексика
(Native in испанский)
испанскийDe "Charles Baudelaire" Poeta Francês
Paulo Vargas
Paulo Vargas
Бразилия
(Not native in испанский)
тагалогKwento ng Sundalong Patpat by Virgilio Almario
dld102
dld102
Филиппины
(Native in тагалог)
тамильскийFrom "Arthamulla Inthu matham " by Kannadasan
(Native in тамильский)
таиFrom "Domain Names 101" by HoaxThsi.com
jatturaput
jatturaput
Таиланд
(Not native in таи)
украинскийFrom "Anthem of Ukraine" by Oleksandr Nahornyy
Olexa
Olexa
Украина
(Native in украинский)
урдуFrom My about health article
Dil Chohan
Dil Chohan
Пакистан
(Native in урду)
урдуFrom the summary of the 1,300 year old epic Alif Laila (الف لیلہ)
ultraali456
ultraali456
Пакистан
(Not native in урду)