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    Default Ayuda con una frase!

    Hola, me gustaría saber como traducir correctamente esta pequeña frase:

    "Por una mirada, un mundo;
    por una sonrisa, un cielo;
    por un beso... yo no sé
    qué te diera por un beso."

    Gracias! y saludos.

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    Hi Bambii,

    Well, there's a couple of ways to do this. First a very literal translation:

    "For a glance, a world;
    for a smile, a heaven
    for a kiss... I don't know
    what I would give you for a kiss."

    (mirada could also be "look")

    More loosely:

    For just one look, I'd give you the world
    for just one smile, I'd give you heaven
    for just one kiss... I don't know
    what I would give you for a kiss."

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    For just one look, I'd give you the world
    for just one smile, I'd give you heaven
    for just one kiss... I don't know
    what I would give you for a kiss."


    I like your "loose" version James. I think it conveys the sentiments more clearly.
    vicente

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    Thanks Vincente.

    This little poem helps point out one of the basic issues in translation: do we translate literally, or do we translate meaning? Not that it is always either / or.

    Because both of these can work, depending on the style you like. (BTW, I like the loose version better too.)

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    I think I prefer translating the meaning James, at least in conversational or interpersonal exchanges. You're right though. It can't be either/or in everything.
    vicente

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    Thanks a lot everyone

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