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20 January 2014 @ 10:27 pm
Chess på svenska -- English translation  
This is an English translation of the DVD-released Chess på svenska, Chess in Swedish, which will hopefully be the basis of actual subtitles to said DVD.

The translator (me!) is native in Swedish and fluent in English but not, in any way, a professional translator, nor has she any knowledge of how to write or structure lyrics. The lyrics are therefore merely translated and not melody fitted. (And what would be the point of that since there is the entire original musical for that.) Since Swedish and English have different sentence structures the line breaks are placed to hopefully help convey the tone of the original Swedish lyrics. This might makes it look strange from time to time.

There are eleven footnotes in the document to explain Swedish cultural things that have been impossible for me to convey with English translation (e.g. Norse mythology references picked up by the early Swedish workers’ movement) or ambiguous Swedish words I’m not comfortable translating without at least giving you the possible second translation (e.g. Is Florence and Freddie actually married in Chess på svenska?).

Feel free to contact me for questions, comments and/or discussions.

Download it here. (.pdf)

I hope you will enjoy it.

(and if you do... send zedille a thank you-note. not only for the english check but also for inspiring me to do it.)
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zédille: Pooh and pigletzedille on January 20th, 2014 10:01 pm (UTC)
<3 <3 <3

I still can't believe you did this. I got you to do this. :D
Solrosan: pic#121675484solrosan on January 20th, 2014 11:07 pm (UTC)
Yes, you did ;) I'm still not entierly convinced that this wasn't your goal when you offered to beta the texting fic ;P
zédille: Pooh and pigletzedille on January 21st, 2014 03:49 am (UTC)
You caught me, all this time I was wandering around the Internet looking for Swedes to befriend and eventually persuade into translating this :P
Solrosan: pic#121675484solrosan on January 21st, 2014 05:48 am (UTC)
I knew it! :P
Ó mo Dhia! Tá an tua i mo cheann!: t: c: pretendingchicafrom3 on January 20th, 2014 10:10 pm (UTC)
You're AMAZING, oh my God. *downloading*
Solrosan: pic#121675484solrosan on January 20th, 2014 11:07 pm (UTC)
I hope you'll enjoy it!
Mary: Du och jagrhosyn_calypso on January 21st, 2014 08:13 am (UTC)
<3 <3 <3 <3 I will use one of my Chess På Svenska icons in honor of this. thank you so much!
Solrosan: pic#121675484solrosan on January 26th, 2014 01:26 pm (UTC)
I'm feeling very honoured!
Krissyharbek on January 27th, 2014 05:21 am (UTC)
THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS, it must've been a shitton of work, and omg I hope this will eventually be available as subtitles. ♥ ♥ ♥
Solrosan: pic#121675484solrosan on January 27th, 2014 08:34 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! I really hope you'll enjoy it :)

(Yes, it was a shitton of work... mostly because I was a lazy, lazy person ;) )