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    Hi there

    I've just published a post on how to translate jokes amazingly well. Actually, no, no really.

    But sometimes for some kind of jokes the funny side is not completely lost in translation: Fully translatable humor

    Enjoy.
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    Amazing article, pabloa! Congratulations!
    It is true, it is very difficult to translate humor, like puns for example. I have been working with subtitles for comedy series and I can tell you that trying to tackle both humor and space restrictions at the same time is almost impossible! But that's what makes it a challenge, and that is why I love it so much!
    PS: I absolutely love Les Luthiers!

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    Hi pabloa and danielad! I also agree, pabloa's article is very interesting. I added some thoughts on the subject as well:

    La traducción de chistes

    Hope you like it!

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    Wow! Both articles are great, la traducción de chistes by elenaarguedas is also pretty amazing!
    Congrats both!

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    "Localizing" (more than merely "translating") jokes is puzzling not only because of language/idiomatic nuances but also because of cultural differences. Great job with both posts!

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    An employee accidentally ignited his office and his boss says, "You're Fired"

    This is a joke that loses its fun if we translate it into Spanish, I suppose that there are other cases.

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    I think I mentioned before an occasion when I met a friend. I had just bought a new tyre for my bicycle, and I was carrying it across my body (if you ever carried a bike tyre around you know what I mean). He quickly said "you look tired (tyred)". Typical puns that get lost in translation.

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    Jaja...I would translate it "¡Te ves engomado!"

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