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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
albański"Vajza që nuk nuhaste" by Aurora Kenga
(Native in albański)
arabskiFrom: "Al-Nazaraat" by Mustafa Lutfi Al-Manfaluti
jehd mahdi
jehd mahdi
Irlandia
(Native in arabski)
arabskiThe National
(Native in arabski)
arabskiFeeling with pain in Medicine and Quran
romio0
romio0
Palestyna
(Native in arabski)
arabskifrom ranaarab
ranaarab
ranaarab
Zjednoczone Emiraty Arabskie
(Native in arabski)
arabskiexcerpt from Nazarat
(Native in arabski)
arabskiexcerpt from Nazarat
(Native in arabski)
arabskiA Plea for Freedom
May Darwiche (X)
May Darwiche (X)
Kanada
(Native in arabski)
arabskiPistachio Theory
(Native in arabski)
arabskijoke
(Native in arabski)
arabskiA Group of Short Stories by Mohammed Abdalwali
(Native in arabski)
arabskiA Group of Short Stories by Mohammed Abdalwali
(Native in arabski)
arabskiA Group of Short Stories by Mohammed Abdalwali
(Native in arabski)
ormiański"Mtnadzor" by Aksel Bakunts
(Native in ormiański)
azerbejdżańskiBizdən başqa
Sugura Maharramova
Sugura Maharramova
Azerbejdżan
(Native in azerbejdżański)
azerbejdżańskiGözlə(poem)
Sugura Maharramova
Sugura Maharramova
Azerbejdżan
(Native in azerbejdżański)
bułgarskiНема такава държава by Slavi Trifonov and the Ku-Ku Band
Peter Skipp
Peter Skipp
Bułgaria
(Native in bułgarski)
bułgarskiА дано, ама надали by Grafa and Mihaela Fileva and Venzy
Peter Skipp
Peter Skipp
Bułgaria
(Native in bułgarski)
bułgarskiНощна песен
(Native in bułgarski)
bułgarskiFrom "Дванайсте минути любов/ История с танго" by Капка Касабова
(Native in bułgarski)
bułgarski" И ме няма" - Ева Георгиева(EVA) и N.A.S.O
(Native in bułgarski)
birmańskiနောင်တကင်းရာသို့ - နန္ဒာသိန်းဇံ
(Native in birmański)
chińskiFrom 革命时期的爱情 by 王小波
(Not native in chiński)
chińskiFrom "Red Rose and White Rose" by Eileen Chang
Yuan Gao
Yuan Gao
Włochy
(Native in chiński)
chorwackiFrom "Za prozorskim staklom (Tragedija jedne djevojke)" by Ivan Goran Kovačić
Korana Lovri (X)
Korana Lovri (X)
Chorwacja
(Native in chorwacki)
niderlandzkiTitle: Aljaska en de Canada-spoorweg From "De Aarde en haar volken", Jaargang 1892
Irenay
Irenay
Słowenia
(Not native in niderlandzki)
angielskiDemocracy is Coming to the U.S.A. from the album The Future by Leonard Cohen
Peter Skipp
Peter Skipp
Bułgaria
(Native in angielski)
angielskiStory of the Buddha
(Not native in angielski)
angielskiHousehold Water
(Native in angielski)
angielskiDiabetes mellitus
Hanifa Rahimi
Hanifa Rahimi
Afganistan
(Not native in angielski)
angielskiQuality Management in Social Service Organizations
José Moreira
José Moreira
Portugalia
(Not native in angielski)
angielskiA Septuagenarian Bank Robber Goes from The New Yorker to the Big Screen by David Grann
(Not native in angielski)
angielskiEnvinroment Health Safety (EHS) Policy
(Not native in angielski)
angielskiwiktionaere
(Not native in angielski)
angielskiRussia World Cup
(Not native in angielski)
angielskiCashless by Santi Prastiwi K
(Not native in angielski)
angielski"Trash Talk: On Translating Garbage" by Lina Mounzer
(Native in angielski)
angielskiFrom "The customer is always right"
mdperezlopez
mdperezlopez
Argentyna
(Native in angielski)
angielskimind vs labor
(Not native in angielski)
angielskiA Farewell to Arms
(Not native in angielski)
farsi (perski)این ارزش‌ها را به فرزندانتان بیاموزید
(Native in farsi (perski))
farsi (perski)یلدا
(Native in farsi (perski))
farsi (perski)تاریخچه چهارشنبه سوری توسط حسین حسینی پناه در دوشنبه دوازدهم اسفند 1387
(Not native in farsi (perski))
farsi (perski)Painting from ANDISHE magazine
(Native in farsi (perski))
francuski"Comment gérer son deuil" by Daniel NDENGUE
(Native in francuski)
francuskiFrom "Le Bourgeon" by Georges Feydeau
(Not native in francuski)
francuskiC’est terminé !
(Native in francuski)
francuskiĽenseignement supérieur en France
(Not native in francuski)
francuskiĽenseignement supérieur en France
(Not native in francuski)
francuskiUmberto Eco est mort: L'art permet de rendre aimable la laideur du monde
Marijana Pejovic
Marijana Pejovic
Czarnogóra
(Not native in francuski)
niemiecki„Max und Helen“ von Simon Wiesenthal
(Not native in niemiecki)
gudżarati"Post Office" By Dhoomketu, Gourishankar Joshi
(Native in gudżarati)
kreolski haitańskiEde pitit ou vin responsab by Reveye n'!
(Native in kreolski haitański)
hindiTravel Horror Story
(Not native in hindi)
węgierskiAdapted from "Kincsem, a magyar csoda ló", Erdekesvilag.hu
Zsofia Koszegi-Nagy
Zsofia Koszegi-Nagy
Wielka Brytania
(Native in węgierski)
węgierskiFrom 'The most famous female inventors and their inventions / A leghíresebb női feltalálók és találmányaik", Erdekesvilag.hu
Zsofia Koszegi-Nagy
Zsofia Koszegi-Nagy
Wielka Brytania
(Native in węgierski)
indonezyjskiPembayaran Non-Tunai Oleh Santi
(Native in indonezyjski)
indonezyjskiBelajar Bersama
(Native in indonezyjski)
włoskiLa sardina Rocchina
(Not native in włoski)
włoskiParole in silenzio
(Not native in włoski)
japońskiFrom "刺靑 (Shisei)" by 谷崎潤一郞 (Junichiro Tanizaki)
(Not native in japoński)
kazachskiAl Farabi
(Native in kazachski)
kazachskiAl Farabi
(Native in kazachski)
kurdyjskiThe flute player
(Native in kurdyjski)
perski (farsi)پیدایش جشن نوروز
(Native in perski (farsi))
perski (farsi)تاریخچه چهارشنبه سوری نوشته شده توسط حسین حسینی پناه در دوشنبه دوازدهم اسفند 1387
(Not native in perski (farsi))
polskiFrom "Hasło kobiety-obywatelki" by Jadwiga Jahołkowska
(Native in polski)
polskiFrom "Opis obyczajów za panowania Augusta III" by Jędrzej Kitowicz
(Native in polski)
polskiFrom "Słowa cienkie i grube" by Tadeusz Boy-Żeleński
(Native in polski)
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
Helga Ferreira
Helga Ferreira
Portugalia
(Native in Portuguese (EU))
pendżabskiDangers to environment during globalisation by Dr Tejinder Virli
(Native in pendżabski)
rosyjskiАлександр Блок "В дюнах"
(Native in rosyjski)
rosyjskiFrom "Школа в Кармартене" by Анна Коростелева
(Native in rosyjski)
rosyjski«Божественная комедия» Данте (отрывок)
(Native in rosyjski)
rosyjski<<весенняя ночь>> Су Ши
(Not native in rosyjski)
serbskiOdlomak iz pripovetke „Pogledi“ Gordane Jujić
(Native in serbski)
somalijskiTaariikhda dagaalkii 1977 Somalia iyo Ethiopia
(Native in somalijski)
hiszpańskiFrom "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 hiszpański)
hiszpańskiTransparencias by Xinia Estrada (I am the author of the proposed text)
(Native in hiszpański)
hiszpańskiFrom "Tierras Móviles" by Tania Damianoff
(Native in hiszpański)
hiszpańskiFrom "Tierras Móviles" by Tania Damianoff
(Native in hiszpański)
hiszpańskiTierras Móviles by Tania Damianoff
(Native in hiszpański)
hiszpańskiCarlos Varela "Una palabra"
(Not native in hiszpański)
hiszpańskiDificultades para contar chistes que les gusten a todos los hispanoparlantes
(Native in hiszpański)
hiszpańskiDe "Charles Baudelaire" Poeta Francês
Paulo Vargas
Paulo Vargas
Brazylia
(Not native in hiszpański)
tagalskiKwento ng Sundalong Patpat by Virgilio Almario
dld102
dld102
Filipiny
(Native in tagalski)
tamilskiFrom "Arthamulla Inthu matham " by Kannadasan
(Native in tamilski)
tajskiFrom "Domain Names 101" by HoaxThsi.com
jatturaput
jatturaput
Tajlandia
(Not native in tajski)
ukraińskiFrom "Anthem of Ukraine" by Oleksandr Nahornyy
Olexa
Olexa
Ukraina
(Native in ukraiński)
urduFrom My about health article
Dil Chohan
Dil Chohan
Pakistan
(Native in urdu)
urduFrom the summary of the 1,300 year old epic Alif Laila (الف لیلہ)
ultraali456
ultraali456
Pakistan
(Not native in urdu)



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