How do you translate that?

Year 8 Scholars enjoyed a challenging and highly informative session led by Head of Spanish Ms Paull on the theme of translation today. Ranging from the humour often generated by the literal translations of idiomatic language, through the challenges of Wittgenstein, a musical interlude of translated ABBA lyrics and finally why “The cat sat on the mat” doesn’t really work as “Le chat s’est assis sur le tapis” the students began to understand some of the challenges and enjoyment of translation.

The students even tried rendering the anagram tom marvolo riddle = I am lord Voldemort in other languages!