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Source texts used in ProZ.com translation contests are generally short literary texts or excerpts of general appeal. By proposing a source text in your native language, you can help to ensure that others who translate from that language to other languages can participate in upcoming contests.
A suitable source text for a contest has the following characteristics:
  • It is about 300 - 400 words in length.
  • It is very well-written.
  • It is rich with sentences or expressions that can be translated in any of a number of ways (when there are several areas open to interpretation, a chance is provided for translators of that text to distinguish themselves).
  • It has a measure of completeness or closure in itself (even if it is an excerpt from a longer text)
  • Its content is of general interest.
  • In terms of translation difficulty, it is reasonably challenging, but not too complex.
  • It does not contain too many highly-specialized terms (words that a native speaker of the language would have to look up in a dictionary to understand).
  • Ideally, the first sentence of the text is one that immediately catches the reader's interest.
  • It may contain cultural elements that add additional challenge and interest.
  • There is no legal impediment to using the text in a contest (either because the text is out of copyright, or permission to use the text has been obtained).
  • Previous translations of the text are not readily obtainable.
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Proposed texts

LanguageTitle/attributionFeedbackProposer
albanés"Vajza që nuk nuhaste" by Aurora Kenga
(Native in albanés)
árabeFrom: "Al-Nazaraat" by Mustafa Lutfi Al-Manfaluti
jehd mahdi
jehd mahdi
Irlanda
(Native in árabe)
árabeThe National
mrachidi
mrachidi
Estados Unidos
(Native in árabe)
árabeFeeling with pain in Medicine and Quran
romio0
romio0
Palestina
(Native in árabe)
árabefrom ranaarab
ranaarab
ranaarab
Emiratos Árabes Unidos
(Native in árabe)
árabeexcerpt from Nazarat
Maan Alesmail
Maan Alesmail
Estados Unidos
(Native in árabe)
árabeexcerpt from Nazarat
Maan Alesmail
Maan Alesmail
Estados Unidos
(Native in árabe)
árabeA Plea for Freedom
May Darwiche (X)
May Darwiche (X)
Canadá
(Native in árabe)
árabePistachio Theory
(Native in árabe)
árabejoke
(Native in árabe)
árabeA Group of Short Stories by Mohammed Abdalwali
(Native in árabe)
árabeA Group of Short Stories by Mohammed Abdalwali
(Native in árabe)
árabeA Group of Short Stories by Mohammed Abdalwali
(Native in árabe)
armenio"Mtnadzor" by Aksel Bakunts
(Native in armenio)
azerbaiyanoBizdən başqa
(Native in azerbaiyano)
azerbaiyanoGözlə(poem)
(Native in azerbaiyano)
búlgaroНема такава държава by Slavi Trifonov and the Ku-Ku Band
Peter Skipp
Peter Skipp
Bulgaria
(Native in búlgaro)
búlgaroА дано, ама надали by Grafa and Mihaela Fileva and Venzy
Peter Skipp
Peter Skipp
Bulgaria
(Native in búlgaro)
búlgaroНощна песен
(Native in búlgaro)
búlgaroFrom "Дванайсте минути любов/ История с танго" by Капка Касабова
(Native in búlgaro)
búlgaro" И ме няма" - Ева Георгиева(EVA) и N.A.S.O
(Native in búlgaro)
birmanoနောင်တကင်းရာသို့ - နန္ဒာသိန်းဇံ
(Native in birmano)
chinoFrom 革命时期的爱情 by 王小波
(Not native in chino)
chinoFrom "Red Rose and White Rose" by Eileen Chang
Yuan Gao
Yuan Gao
Italia
(Native in chino)
croataFrom "Za prozorskim staklom (Tragedija jedne djevojke)" by Ivan Goran Kovačić
Korana Lovri (X)
Korana Lovri (X)
Croacia
(Native in croata)
neerlandésTitle: Aljaska en de Canada-spoorweg From "De Aarde en haar volken", Jaargang 1892
Irenay
Irenay
Eslovenia
(Not native in neerlandés)
inglésDemocracy is Coming to the U.S.A. from the album The Future by Leonard Cohen
Peter Skipp
Peter Skipp
Bulgaria
(Native in inglés)
inglésStory of the Buddha
(Not native in inglés)
inglésHousehold Water
mrachidi
mrachidi
Estados Unidos
(Native in inglés)
inglésDiabetes mellitus
Hanifa Rahimi
Hanifa Rahimi
Afganistán
(Not native in inglés)
inglésQuality Management in Social Service Organizations
(Not native in inglés)
inglésA Septuagenarian Bank Robber Goes from The New Yorker to the Big Screen by David Grann
(Not native in inglés)
inglésEnvinroment Health Safety (EHS) Policy
(Not native in inglés)
ingléswiktionaere
(Not native in inglés)
inglésRussia World Cup
(Not native in inglés)
inglésCashless by Santi Prastiwi K
(Not native in inglés)
inglés"Trash Talk: On Translating Garbage" by Lina Mounzer
(Native in inglés)
inglésFrom "The customer is always right"
mdperezlopez
mdperezlopez
Argentina
(Native in inglés)
inglésmind vs labor
(Not native in inglés)
inglésA Farewell to Arms
(Not native in inglés)
farsi (persa)این ارزش‌ها را به فرزندانتان بیاموزید
(Native in farsi (persa))
farsi (persa)یلدا
(Native in farsi (persa))
farsi (persa)تاریخچه چهارشنبه سوری توسط حسین حسینی پناه در دوشنبه دوازدهم اسفند 1387
azamy20
azamy20
Irán
(Not native in farsi (persa))
farsi (persa)Painting from ANDISHE magazine
(Native in farsi (persa))
francés"Comment gérer son deuil" by Daniel NDENGUE
Dany Patrick
Dany Patrick
Camerún
(Native in francés)
francésFrom "Le Bourgeon" by Georges Feydeau
(Not native in francés)
francésC’est terminé !
(Native in francés)
francésĽenseignement supérieur en France
(Not native in francés)
francésĽenseignement supérieur en France
(Not native in francés)
francésUmberto Eco est mort: L'art permet de rendre aimable la laideur du monde
(Not native in francés)
alemán„Max und Helen“ von Simon Wiesenthal
(Not native in alemán)
gujarati"Post Office" By Dhoomketu, Gourishankar Joshi
(Native in gujarati)
creol haitianoEde pitit ou vin responsab by Reveye n'!
(Native in creol haitiano)
hindiTravel Horror Story
(Not native in hindi)
húngaroAdapted from "Kincsem, a magyar csoda ló", Erdekesvilag.hu
(Native in húngaro)
húngaroFrom 'The most famous female inventors and their inventions / A leghíresebb női feltalálók és találmányaik", Erdekesvilag.hu
(Native in húngaro)
indonesioPembayaran Non-Tunai Oleh Santi
(Native in indonesio)
indonesioBelajar Bersama
(Native in indonesio)
italianoLa sardina Rocchina
(Not native in italiano)
italianoParole in silenzio
(Not native in italiano)
japonésFrom "刺靑 (Shisei)" by 谷崎潤一郞 (Junichiro Tanizaki)
(Not native in japonés)
kazajoAl Farabi
(Native in kazajo)
kazajoAl Farabi
(Native in kazajo)
kurdoThe flute player
(Native in kurdo)
persa (farsi)پیدایش جشن نوروز
(Native in persa (farsi))
persa (farsi)تاریخچه چهارشنبه سوری نوشته شده توسط حسین حسینی پناه در دوشنبه دوازدهم اسفند 1387
azamy20
azamy20
Irán
(Not native in persa (farsi))
polacoFrom "Hasło kobiety-obywatelki" by Jadwiga Jahołkowska
(Native in polaco)
polacoFrom "Opis obyczajów za panowania Augusta III" by Jędrzej Kitowicz
(Native in polaco)
polacoFrom "Słowa cienkie i grube" by Tadeusz Boy-Żeleński
(Native in polaco)
Portuguese (EU)From my own personal literary website, by Tiago Santos Lima (me)
(Native in Portuguese (EU))
Portuguese (EU)A Terceira Margem do Rio, by Guimarães Rosa (Brazilian writer)
(Native in Portuguese (EU))
Portuguese (EU)Brazilian National Anthem / Hino Nacional do Brasil, Written by/Letra: Joaquim Osório Duque Estrada, 1909. Composed by/Composição: Francisco Manuel da Silva, 1822
(Not native in Portuguese (EU))
Portuguese (EU)"A Máquina do Mundo" by Carlos Drummond de Andrade
(Native in Portuguese (EU))
Portuguese (EU)"Acapulco - Coleccionador de Tesouro" de Pedro Correia
(Native in Portuguese (EU))
punjabíDangers to environment during globalisation by Dr Tejinder Virli
(Native in punjabí)
rusoАлександр Блок "В дюнах"
Ekaterina Khovanovitch
Ekaterina Khovanovitch
Federación Rusa
(Native in ruso)
rusoFrom "Школа в Кармартене" by Анна Коростелева
(Native in ruso)
ruso«Божественная комедия» Данте (отрывок)
(Native in ruso)
ruso<<весенняя ночь>> Су Ши
(Not native in ruso)
serbioOdlomak iz pripovetke „Pogledi“ Gordane Jujić
(Native in serbio)
somalíTaariikhda dagaalkii 1977 Somalia iyo Ethiopia
(Native in somalí)
españolFrom "Romero a Roma" by Bruno Moreno Ramos [399 words, I confirm that I have obtained permission to use the text and that there are no previous translations of the text]
(Native in español)
españolTransparencias by Xinia Estrada (I am the author of the proposed text)
(Native in español)
españolFrom "Tierras Móviles" by Tania Damianoff
tania damianoff
tania damianoff
Estados Unidos
(Native in español)
españolFrom "Tierras Móviles" by Tania Damianoff
tania damianoff
tania damianoff
Estados Unidos
(Native in español)
españolTierras Móviles by Tania Damianoff
tania damianoff
tania damianoff
Estados Unidos
(Native in español)
españolCarlos Varela "Una palabra"
(Not native in español)
españolDificultades para contar chistes que les gusten a todos los hispanoparlantes
(Native in español)
españolDe "Charles Baudelaire" Poeta Francês
(Not native in español)
tagaloKwento ng Sundalong Patpat by Virgilio Almario
dld102
dld102
Filipinas
(Native in tagalo)
tamilFrom "Arthamulla Inthu matham " by Kannadasan
(Native in tamil)
tailandésFrom "Domain Names 101" by HoaxThsi.com
jatturaput
jatturaput
Tailandia
(Not native in tailandés)
ucranianoFrom "Anthem of Ukraine" by Oleksandr Nahornyy
Olexa
Olexa
Ucrania
(Native in ucraniano)
urduFrom My about health article
Dil Chohan
Dil Chohan
Pakistán
(Native in urdu)
urduFrom the summary of the 1,300 year old epic Alif Laila (الف لیلہ)
ultraali456
ultraali456
Pakistán
(Not native in urdu)



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