Would You Like to Help Us Translate a Short Children's Story Into Another Language?
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German, Swiss German
Japanese (a volunteer but waiting for text)
Mongolian, Sri Lankan Malay
Kelantan Malay, Latvian
Chicken Little Goes for a Walk (English text)
1 (one) Please translate this number here and all others appearing in digit forms
Look, there’s a chicken. That’s Chicken Little’s mother. Chicken Little’s mother is walking back and forth calling for Chicken Little but Chicken Little still hasn’t turned up.
Chicken Little’s mother has just told Chicken Little’s father. Both of them go looking for their child straightaway.
Chicken Little’s uncle and aunt are also worried. Auntie’s friend wants to help them. The three chickens all set off to look for Chicken Little.
Everyone has heard the news about Chicken Little being lost. Four chickens who are friends of Chicken Little’s father want to help look for Chicken Little.
The sun has already started to go down, but Chicken Little still hasn’t been found. Five chickens start helping straightaway. Maybe they’ll find Chicken Little.
But Chicken Little still can’t be found. Now everyone joins in to help. Six chickens can be seen cackling together all calling for Chicken Little.
Where did Chicken Little go? Suddenly….. Chicken Little’s voice can be heard, “cheep-cheep-cheep”. Hey, there he is! From far away we can see Chicken Little running home – all happy. It seems he went walking to Uncle Paul’s house. Chicken Little was playing with Dino, Uncle X’s dog, and forgot to go home. He is very naughty!
Father and mother are happy to see him. Luckily Chicken Little wasn’t lost.
Mother says: ‘Chicken Little, next time ask me before you go for a walk!’
‘Yes, mum’ says Chiken Little
Notes for Translators:
(1) there may be gender issues in your language to do with chickens (as there are in many Indo-European languages). In the image associated with (4) you can see four roosters (they have large tail feathers and a large cocks comb). In the image in (5) it’s a mixed group of roosters and hens.
(2) the dog’s name: please pick a typical name in your culture, eg Rex in German, Fido in Italian or English
(3) Uncle Paul – please pick a name that is typical of your language and culture.
(4) If you are doing a translation for a language that uses a different writing system eg Korean, Japanese and Chinese, could you please also provide Romanised version? This will also be included in the final version – so that non-native speakers can also join in – at least with the sounds.
(5) try and make your translation as idiomatic as possible in your language – that may involve slight change from the original.
(6) it’s always wise to get another native speaker to check your translation – to avoid small accidental errors, etc….
Once you are done, please send me the translation (ideally in pdf and word) to firstname.lastname@example.org and please include your full name and contact details so that John from the University of Melbourne can contact you should he need too!