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    New Translation

    This time its actually not for me, but for my friend Jon who wants to write a somewhat sentimental message to his Russian friend that lives in Connecticut. I'm not sure what her name is, and he's trying to find out the Russian form of her name, anyway, but he gave me the rest of it. I told him about this site, so he might actually ask all of you himself on here shortly.

    Anyway, here goes:

    Your friendship came along at a very important time in my life - a time when I was losing sight of who I was. You somehow set me back on track, and for that I will be forever grateful. You never knew it, but if not for you, I would have soon lost sight of God forever. The gift you gave me is one not so easily repaid, but if I listen carefully, I can hear you telling me that the best way to do that is to live my life in Christ. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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    Oh - also what is the Russian form of Johnathon? :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by tirednemo
    Oh - also what is the Russian form of Johnathon? :P
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    Re: New Translation

    Quote Originally Posted by tirednemo
    This time its actually not for me, but for my friend Jon who wants to write a somewhat sentimental message to his Russian friend that lives in Connecticut. I'm not sure what her name is, and he's trying to find out the Russian form of her name, anyway, but he gave me the rest of it. I told him about this site, so he might actually ask all of you himself on here shortly.

    Anyway, here goes:

    Your friendship came along at a very important time in my life - a time when I was losing sight of who I was. You somehow set me back on track, and for that I will be forever grateful. You never knew it, but if not for you, I would have soon lost sight of God forever. The gift you gave me is one not so easily repaid, but if I listen carefully, I can hear you telling me that the best way to do that is to live my life in Christ. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
    How about:

    твоя дружба появилась при очень важном времени в моей жизни - во время, когда я забывал, кем я был. ты как-то обратила меня на путь истинный, и за это, я буду вечно благодарен. Ты никогда не знала, но без тебя, я бы скоро потерял из виду Бога навсегда. трудно ответить на тот подарок, который ты мне дала, но если я вслушиваюсь, я слышу, как ты мне рассказываешь, чтобы ответить на твой подарок, надо жить Христосом. Благодарю тебя от дна моего сердца.

    Eeek..Im not feelin too good about this one...

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    Here's my go at it:

    Your friendship came along at a very important time in my life - a time when I was losing sight of who I was. You somehow set me back on track, and for that I will be forever grateful. You never knew it, but if not for you, I would have soon lost sight of God forever. The gift you gave me is one not so easily repaid, but if I listen carefully, I can hear you telling me that the best way to do that is to live my life in Christ. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    Твоя дружба появилась в очень важное в моей жизни время, время, когда я забывал, кто я. Каким-то образом тебе удалось вернуть меня на путь истинный, за что я буду вечно благодарен тебе. Ты никогда не знал, но, если бы не ты, я бы вскоре потерял веру в бога навсегда. Я не знаю, как (=Сложно) отблагодарить тебя за подарок, который ты подарила. Но, вслушиваясь, я слышу, как ты рассказываешь мне, что лучший способ сделать это - жить Христосом. Благодарю тебя от всего сердца.
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    Argh, why do people always come in here asking for sappy translations. They are always Americans as well.
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    Cause this forum's called 'translation help'. Would you like Americans to ask for first-rate translations?
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    жить Христом
    "Христосом" не звучит.
    If you have problems with both posting new messages and sending PMs, you can send an e-mail to the Forum Administrator here:
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    У меня что-то с почтой, на ЛС ответить не могу. (

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    I could never say anything that sappy! Besides, your friend will only tell you to thank God, not him!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaya
    жить Христом
    "Христосом" не звучит.
    I would use "жить во Христе".
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    LoL - neither would I. But it's not from me, it's from him. I'm just trying to get the translation from the email he sent me with the content.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReDSanchous
    Твоя дружба появилась в очень важное в моей жизни время, время, когда я забывал, кто я. Каким-то образом тебе удалось вернуть меня на путь истинный, за что я буду вечно благодарен тебе. Ты никогда не знал, но, если бы не ты, я бы вскоре потерял веру в бога навсегда. Я не знаю, как (=Сложно) отблагодарить тебя за подарок, который ты подарила. Но, вслушиваясь, я слышу, как ты рассказываешь мне, что лучший способ сделать это - жить Христосом. Благодарю тебя от всего сердца.
    A very good translation, as if it was a native speaker writing... There is only one mistake, I hate to point out mistakes, but shouldn't it be:

    Ты никогда не знала
    Hei, rett norsken min og du er død.
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    A very good translation, as if it was a native speaker writing... There is only one mistake, I hate to point out mistakes, but shouldn't it be:

    Ты никогда не знала
    I'm very happy that you liked my translation. I'm actually bi-lingual. Half-Russian, half-English, so it's no wonder that my translation was, like you said, as if it was a native speaker writing. As if... I'm kidding...

    As for the mistake you pointed out, I think I should have taken another look at the initial post by tirednemo. I agree that that sentence should be translated as "Ты никогда не знала". Thanks for pointing out the mistake! I really appreciate that!
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    бога should be Бога with a cap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReDSanchous
    A very good translation, as if it was a native speaker writing... There is only one mistake, I hate to point out mistakes, but shouldn't it be:

    Ты никогда не знала
    I'm very happy that you liked my translation. I'm actually bi-lingual. Half-Russian, half-English, so it's no wonder that my translation was, like you said, as if it was a native speaker writing. As if... I'm kidding...

    As for the mistake you pointed out, I think I should have taken another look at the initial post by tirednemo. I agree that that sentence should be translated as "Ты никогда не знала". Thanks for pointing out the mistake! I really appreciate that!
    Well, I knew you were russian, but didn't know you were half-english! Well that explains your superior command of english! Cheers matey!
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    Ты никогда не знала
    Well, you write so many requests for having love-letters translated that we have gotten used to these postings and translate mechanically as love-letters everthing you post.

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    I quite agree with Mishau that most of the Russians here are used to correcting such romantic translations caring only about Grammar and style. That's why I made that mistake.

    kalinka_vinnie, well, like I said, I was joking. I'd really like to be half-Russian, half-Enlgish 'cause in this case I could be fluent in both Russian and English. At present, I'm fluent only in Russian. Can't say anything about your Russian 'cause you hardly ever write in Russian on the forum. Thanks for praising my English anyway!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ReDSanchous
    kalinka_vinnie, well, like I said, I was joking. I'd really like to be half-Russian, half-Enlgish 'cause in this case I could be fluent in both Russian and English. At present, I'm fluent only in Russian. Can't say anything about your Russian 'cause you hardly ever write in Russian on the forum. Thanks for praising my English anyway!
    What! I write more russian on this forum than anyone else (of the non-russians)! But I guess extremely little is more than absolutely nothing

    But I wasn't fishing for compliments of my Russian, just making an observation that you, in fact, write good English!
    Hei, rett norsken min og du er død.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kalinka_vinnie
    Quote Originally Posted by ReDSanchous
    kalinka_vinnie, well, like I said, I was joking. I'd really like to be half-Russian, half-Enlgish 'cause in this case I could be fluent in both Russian and English. At present, I'm fluent only in Russian. Can't say anything about your Russian 'cause you hardly ever write in Russian on the forum. Thanks for praising my English anyway!
    What! I write more russian on this forum than anyone else (of the non-russians)! But I guess extremely little is more than absolutely nothing

    But I wasn't fishing for compliments of my Russian, just making an observation that you, in fact, write good English!
    Maybe, you're right that you write more Russian than anyone else on this forum. I meant that it would be a lot better if you wrote more often I just want to impel you to write more Russian, a lot more Russian than you do now! Could you do that? :P

    I didn't mean to offend you in any way.
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    The problem with writing Russian in this forum is that the only people who would understand ше is the Russians. а я хочу включить весь мир!!!
    Hei, rett norsken min og du er død.
    I am a notourriouse misspeller. Be easy on me.
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