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Re: keep tabs What does it mean?


On 05/28/2013 04:28 PM, Kevin Godby wrote:
Hello, Hannie.

On Tue, May 28, 2013 at 8:42 AM, Hannie Dumoleyn
<lafeber-dumoleyn2@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
There is no need to adjust English language expressions so that non-native
speakers understand. It is my duty as a translator to find out what a less
common expression means. I already felt stupid that I sent this question to
the mailing list.
Actually, we should try to avoid idioms in the English manual because
the manual hasn't been translated to all languages yet.  If the manual
hasn't been translated to a person's native language yet but they
speak a little English, they should still be able to read our manual.

Avoiding idioms not only helps the translators but the large number of
non-native English speakers.

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I would have to agree. Expressions like that aren't too far off from slang, and therefore only serve to confuse people. Phrases and expressions like this should be avoided, as there is no clear way to translate the expression into another language. The fact that you had to ask what a simple phrase meant sort of proves why it shouldn't be written in that way. When someone is trying to get help using Ubuntu, language barriers shouldn't be a source of difficulty for readers.


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