Chapter 1. Foundations and definition
Robert M. Schumacher
Translator: He wants you to turn, look in camera and say the lines.
Bob wonders what she's leaving out, or if that's the way it works from Japanese to English.
Bob: That's all he said?
Translator: Yes, turn to camera.
Bob thinks let's just get it over with.
Bob: Turn left or right?
The Translator blots her face with a tissue, and asks the director in a Japanese sentence 5 times as long. The Director answers her in a long excited phrase.
Translator: Right side. And with intensity.
Bob: Is that everything? It seemed like he was saying a lot more.
– Lost in Translation by Sofia Coppola (September 2, 2002)
We had a problem. In a usability test that we were conducting for a Japanese client, the interpreter ...