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Lost in translation? Spanish senators allowed to debate in five languages | World news | The Guardian

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The upper chamber of Spain’s parliament has caused controversy by allowing senators to debate in five of the country’s languages, with interpreters employed to turn their words into a tongue they all speak perfectly: Castilian Spanish. Critics claim that allowing senators to speak Catalan, Galician, Valencian and the Basque language of Euskara has turned the Spanish senate into a tower of Babel. They accuse the senate of wasting public money at a time of swingeing public spending cuts. The first orator to use one of the newly permitted languages was the Socialist Ramon Aleu, who chose to speak in Catalan. His decision forced other senators in the chamber to reach for the earpieces through which interpreters were converting his words into the Castilian Spanish he had used in previous speeches. The bill for the 25 interpreters who are needed to turn the languages into Castilian Spanish is €12,000 (£10,000) for each day of debating, according to Spanish media.

via Lost in translation? Spanish senators allowed to debate in five languages | World news | The Guardian.

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Translation quality assessment proceeds according to the lordly, completely unexplained, whimsy of “It doesn’t sound right”. – Peter Fawcett

 

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