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  1. E.Anderson

    E.Anderson Member

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    How to say Land of Water in Arabic or Hindi--Please And Thank You

    Discussion in 'Research' started by E.Anderson, May 13, 2016.

    Just need a simple translation for "Land of Water" in Arabic or Hindi or...if there is any other way to say Land of Water then please translate that too...

    All help is mich appreciated...Please and Thank You!!!
     
  2. Shattered Shields

    Shattered Shields Gratsa!

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    I have a better idea.

    Google.
     
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    Tenderiser Not a man Contest Administrator Contributor

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    I asked my Hindi-speaking husband but he said "What the hell is a land of water?" and I said "Um... yeah, I don't know."

    Do you just want a literal translation of the words "land", "of" and "water?"

    Because the concept doesn't make sense. To me and Mr Tenderiser, anyway.
     
  4. Lew

    Lew Contributing Member Contributor

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    Be VERY careful with Google translate. Check results against a proficient speaker
     
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    Shattered Shields Gratsa!

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    Oh no no. I should've been clearer. Well, I do use Google Translate, but after I do, I always double triple quadruple check. IE- I check with other sources to be sure.
     
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    Tenderiser Not a man Contest Administrator Contributor

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    What source would you check with, besides a native speaker?
     
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    Not a native speaker, but in Arabic land is "ard" and water is "maa'". So, "Ard al-Maa'" might be something close.

    Assuming you meant fresh, drinkable water.

    But I agree with @Tenderiser 's Hindi-speaking friend that it sounds a little wierd. If we had some more context it might help? Like is it a land with a lot of rainfall, or a lot of lakes? Or a swamp? Unfortunately there's no such thing as a simple translation...
     
  8. Tobin

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    I think he meant something along the lines of a place known for being full of water. Like, a "Country of Water" or where it is a defining trait. Like in the Naruto manga series where a country is called "Land of Water" because is in the middle of the ocean.

    Now I'm not a speaker myself but I asked a friend of Bahrain and he gave me this translation.

    اﻷرض المائيه

    It roughly translates to "Land and Water". Now I decided to Google the untranslated term and it got me this video.



    I have no idea what people are talking there but I found interesting the term lead to a video called "Water Land".

    Personally I would suggest you search how something like "oasis" or similar terms translate to Arab, since they can evocate the image of a place with water amidst land.

    But it would help If you was more specific. I can think a lot of different meanings for "Land of Water" from something like the Earthsea on the LeGuin novels, an oasis, a country full of rivers, even a Paradise after death If your novel takes place in a dry and harsh desert.
     
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    Shattered Shields Gratsa!

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    Other translators, mostly, online dictionaries if I can find one. They can't all be wrong, right?
     
  10. E.Anderson

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    UM...Already found a name...But thanks anyway!


    Sorry if "Land of Water" didn't make much sense...
     
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    Tenderiser Not a man Contest Administrator Contributor

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    Yes, especially if they're giving a literal translation when you want a concept.
     
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    So... I shouldn't ask, how do you translate "You can't swing a cat without hitting one of them."
     
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    Shattered Shields Gratsa!

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    Oh rubbish. Looks like I'll have to be more careful.
     

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