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Lost in Translation Art


Translation – it’s child’s play! Do you think that translating stories means just working with words? Spending days looking up words in a dictionary? Think again!

Join translator Margie Franzen as she takes kids through a romping round of pictionary-dictionary of favorite untranslateable words and phrases, collected from published translators of children’s books. Everyone will make and take home their very own imaginationary “dictionary of images”.

A reader’s imagination pairs images with words, especially when a word seems to be untranslatable or when the word-for-word translation brings up different visual thoughts inside a reader’s head.

Play with your words! imaginationary is “literately” playtime with untranslatable words from around the world. Families, kids, & the young-at-heart are all welcome as we imagine together how to describe, in English, what words from other languages mean when there isn’t a clear translation.

All art materials provided.


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