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October 10, 2013

In a Galaxy Not So Far Away...

One of the most famous movies of all-time has recently been released in the Navajo language. This was the first time that the 1977 classic Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope was made available in a Native American Language. The translation project was a success but there were minor challenges along the way. If you’ve ever translated anything before, you know how tricky it can be.

Sometimes an English word doesn’t have an exact target language equivalent. Now, imagine trying to translate made up words like “Death Star” and “Millennium Falcon”, or even worse, having to translate Yoda’s characteristic backwards speaking. Very tricky, this project was... From all of us at Able Translations, may the force be with you.

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