November 04, 2008

day 49

I'm a bit panic because I don't know what to write for my essay. I haven't typed in English for a while and now is not familiar with translation theories. I have decided to skip the class to force myself totally focus on coming up with the outline and a clear structure for the essay. I guess I'm still not good at time management and now my brian is empty...

I tend to translate some parts of a song's lyrics to inspire my mind about my translation essay. Jay Chou has happened to have a new album currently. One of the songs is named "Mr. Magic": 

http://hk.youtube.com/watch?v=w7giKTUN00c

rough translation for parts of the song lyrics:

"don't ask me to make a choice about whom I really love;

just believe what my tricks show you,

cause what's all in my mind

is how to make you happy.

...I've never made explanations,

that's why I'm not a clown but Mr. Magic."

However, without audience, Mr. Magic is nothing, right? and why there shall be any audience?

People's way of thinking is interesting. It seems that the environments, histories and cultures create how people think.  I've realized that there are some mistakes in my understanding about polysystem theory, and I now still find it hard to understand it. I find it hard to believe there's any "young culture" or "mature culture". It is hard for me to immerse myself into that type of explanation to the world and to quote the theory with my thinking in my essay.   


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