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03 June 2017

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Rebekka

I do Danish to English translations as a side job. English is my first language, Danish is my third (there's some now rusted to death Russian in the middle), I am completely fluent in Danish. Danish sentence order is not the same as English, but it is similar - from the perspective of someone who translates between two fluent languages, I don't translate bits and pieces of the sentence, even if really long. Once I understand the meaning I rewrite it as a whole in the other language (this goes quickly for the most part, but slowly for something like legalese). I do however remember when I was in Russia - at some point I reached a level of fluency where I could let go of an ordered sentence structure and use cases instead. It was like releasing a stretched elastic in my mind.

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