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Lessons in Language: Mohawk

 

One of our recently completed projects involved the English to Mohawk translation of some basic words and phrases for educational purposes.

This client also needed an interlinear translation, meaning they would require a break down of each word to show which parts of the Mohawk text corresponded to the original English. One of our skilled Mohawk translators was able to provide the thorough explanation our client needed.

Below are a small sample of the terms from this project showing the original English text, the Mohawk translation and pronunciation, and a breakdown of the meaning behind each Mohawk word.

Mohawk Translation Sample

Mohawk Translation Sample

This shows just how different and complex from English the aboriginal languages of Canada are. We found this to be a very interesting project with an exciting chance to learn about the Mohawk language!

 

Azaëlle Elliott-Bouchard

Azaëlle Elliott-Bouchard joined on as a project manager in 2014 after completing her BA at University of Ottawa in Translation with Specialization in French. She is responsible for inbound quotes and estimates as well as leading the management of ongoing projects and engaging with clients to ensure high quality customer service. She recently received her Localization Project Management Certification and has presented at the International Conference in Translation Studies: “Translation and Minority”.