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Using other languages in writing

Post by MissAdoration » Tue Aug 27, 2019 5:25 pm

Hello everyone!

I am in the process of writing a novel and one of my characters speaks a different language other than English. What are some really good tips for incorporating her lanuage?

Some of the tips I found so far are: including a translation guide, using diaglouge tags, or write the word or phrase in the character's language and then put the english translation after the diaglouge tag.

What do you all think? Also if I use the same word more than once, do I have to put the meaning each time?

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Re: Using other languages in writing

Post by Shann » Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:29 pm

Okay this is frustrating. I've tried answering your post 3 times but it keeps disappearing. I've recently had shoulder surgery and am too sore to retype my thoughts and suggestions for a 4th time! :oops: If the links I give you don't help, let me know and I'll try to answer when my shoulder isn't so sore!

This article answers both of your questions and gives great advice:
https://www.writing-world.com/fiction/cabbage.shtml

Here are extra articles without my opinions :shock:
https://youwritefiction.wordpress.com/2 ... -mistakes/

https://writersedit.com/fiction-writing ... asy-novel/

https://writing.stackexchange.com/quest ... manuscript

https://www.writingclasses.com/toolbox/ ... i-am-writi

http://penultimateword.com/fiction/dial ... n-accents/

I hope this helps some (and doesn't disappear when I post it!) Also, try sending a sample to some beta readers of your intended aud3and ask them if they felt bogged down, understood it, were tempted to skip dialog, have any suggestions.

Congratulations on writing your novel and I wish you all the best!
It did try to disappear again, but I finally got smart and copied my answer!
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