Translating takes up most of my days: At the doctor’s office when my parents’ self-taught English comes up short; at my second job, where I stretch my Portuguese into a very mangled Spanish to communicate with the kitchen staff; whenever my little sister tries her hand at texting in our native language. It takes effort, transiting between cultures, but it is a complementary process. I am made better by it. Translation in literature functions similarly—it allows ideas to travel far and wide, promotes empathy, and strengthens social awareness.
We stand only to gain from embracing language as a bridge, not a barrier. So, how about enriching your worldly perspective today? Here are a few of my favorite translated works you should check out.