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Proposed texts

LanguageTitle/attributionFeedbackProposer
अल्बेनियाई"Vajza që nuk nuhaste" by Aurora Kenga
Aurora Kenga
Aurora Kenga
अलबेनिया
(Native in अल्बेनियाई)
अरबीFrom: "Al-Nazaraat" by Mustafa Lutfi Al-Manfaluti
jehd mahdi
jehd mahdi
आयरलैंड
(Native in अरबी)
अरबीThe National
mrachidi
mrachidi
संयुक्त राज्य अमरीका
(Native in अरबी)
अरबीFeeling with pain in Medicine and Quran
romio0
romio0
फिलिस्तीन
(Native in अरबी)
अरबीfrom ranaarab
ranaarab
ranaarab
संयुक्त अरब अमीरात
(Native in अरबी)
अरबीexcerpt from Nazarat
Maan Alesmail
Maan Alesmail
संयुक्त राज्य अमरीका
(Native in अरबी)
अरबीexcerpt from Nazarat
Maan Alesmail
Maan Alesmail
संयुक्त राज्य अमरीका
(Native in अरबी)
अरबीA Plea for Freedom
May Darwiche (X)
May Darwiche (X)
कनाडा
(Native in अरबी)
अरबीPistachio Theory
Ibrahim Mohammed
Ibrahim Mohammed
ओमान
(Native in अरबी)
अरबीjoke
Asmaa Selim
Asmaa Selim
मिस्र
(Native in अरबी)
अरबीA Group of Short Stories by Mohammed Abdalwali
(Native in अरबी)
अरबीA Group of Short Stories by Mohammed Abdalwali
(Native in अरबी)
अरबीA Group of Short Stories by Mohammed Abdalwali
(Native in अरबी)
आर्मेनी"Mtnadzor" by Aksel Bakunts
Kristine Khemchyan
Kristine Khemchyan
आरमेनिया
(Native in आर्मेनी)
अजरबायजानीBizdən başqa
Sugura Maharramova
Sugura Maharramova
अजरबाइजान
(Native in अजरबायजानी)
अजरबायजानीGözlə(poem)
Sugura Maharramova
Sugura Maharramova
अजरबाइजान
(Native in अजरबायजानी)
बल्गारीНема такава държава by Slavi Trifonov and the Ku-Ku Band
Peter Skipp
Peter Skipp
बलगारिया
(Native in बल्गारी)
बल्गारीА дано, ама надали by Grafa and Mihaela Fileva and Venzy
Peter Skipp
Peter Skipp
बलगारिया
(Native in बल्गारी)
बल्गारीНощна песен
Irina Yakimova
Irina Yakimova
बलगारिया
(Native in बल्गारी)
बल्गारीFrom "Дванайсте минути любов/ История с танго" by Капка Касабова
Tsveta Velikova
Tsveta Velikova
स्पेन
(Native in बल्गारी)
बल्गारी" И ме няма" - Ева Георгиева(EVA) и N.A.S.O
Rositsa Naskova
Rositsa Naskova
बलगारिया
(Native in बल्गारी)
बर्मीနောင်တကင်းရာသို့ - နန္ဒာသိန်းဇံ
Su Myat Noe
Su Myat Noe
म्यानमार
(Native in बर्मी)
चीनीFrom 革命时期的爱情 by 王小波
(Not native in चीनी)
चीनीFrom "Red Rose and White Rose" by Eileen Chang
Yuan Gao
Yuan Gao
इटली
(Native in चीनी)
क्रोशियाईFrom "Za prozorskim staklom (Tragedija jedne djevojke)" by Ivan Goran Kovačić
Korana Lovri (X)
Korana Lovri (X)
क्रोएशिया
(Native in क्रोशियाई)
डचTitle: Aljaska en de Canada-spoorweg From "De Aarde en haar volken", Jaargang 1892
Irenay
Irenay
स्लोवेनीया
(Not native in डच)
अंग्रेजीDemocracy is Coming to the U.S.A. from the album The Future by Leonard Cohen
Peter Skipp
Peter Skipp
बलगारिया
(Native in अंग्रेजी)
अंग्रेजीStory of the Buddha
(Not native in अंग्रेजी)
अंग्रेजीHousehold Water
mrachidi
mrachidi
संयुक्त राज्य अमरीका
(Native in अंग्रेजी)
अंग्रेजीDiabetes mellitus
Hanifa Rahimi
Hanifa Rahimi
अफगानिस्तान
(Not native in अंग्रेजी)
अंग्रेजीQuality Management in Social Service Organizations
José Moreira
José Moreira
पुर्तगाल
(Not native in अंग्रेजी)
अंग्रेजीA Septuagenarian Bank Robber Goes from The New Yorker to the Big Screen by David Grann
RUTH MARIA KAKOGIANNOS
RUTH MARIA KAKOGIANNOS
ब्राजील
(Not native in अंग्रेजी)
अंग्रेजीEnvinroment Health Safety (EHS) Policy
Arie Ravid
Arie Ravid
इजराईल
(Not native in अंग्रेजी)
अंग्रेजीwiktionaere
Reni Bifamo Von
Reni Bifamo Von
मोनाको
(Not native in अंग्रेजी)
अंग्रेजीRussia World Cup
Maria Celina Soares
Maria Celina Soares
ब्राजील
(Not native in अंग्रेजी)
अंग्रेजीCashless by Santi Prastiwi K
Santi Komariyah
Santi Komariyah
इंडोनीशिया
(Not native in अंग्रेजी)
अंग्रेजी"Trash Talk: On Translating Garbage" by Lina Mounzer
Emal Ghamsharick
Emal Ghamsharick
जर्मनी
(Native in अंग्रेजी)
अंग्रेजीFrom "The customer is always right"
mdperezlopez
mdperezlopez
आर्जेंटीना
(Native in अंग्रेजी)
अंग्रेजीmind vs labor
(Not native in अंग्रेजी)
अंग्रेजीA Farewell to Arms
Suzana Memieva
Suzana Memieva
बलगारिया
(Not native in अंग्रेजी)
फारसी (पेर्शियन)این ارزش‌ها را به فرزندانتان بیاموزید
(Native in फारसी (पेर्शियन))
फारसी (पेर्शियन)یلدا
(Native in फारसी (पेर्शियन))
फारसी (पेर्शियन)تاریخچه چهارشنبه سوری توسط حسین حسینی پناه در دوشنبه دوازدهم اسفند 1387
azamy20
azamy20
ईरान
(Not native in फारसी (पेर्शियन))
फारसी (पेर्शियन)Painting from ANDISHE magazine
majid jamal zade
majid jamal zade
ईरान
(Native in फारसी (पेर्शियन))
फ्रांसीसी"Comment gérer son deuil" by Daniel NDENGUE
Dany Patrick
Dany Patrick
कैमरून
(Native in फ्रांसीसी)
फ्रांसीसीFrom "Le Bourgeon" by Georges Feydeau
(Not native in फ्रांसीसी)
फ्रांसीसीC’est terminé !
Sednick Bordes
Sednick Bordes
हएटी
(Native in फ्रांसीसी)
फ्रांसीसीĽenseignement supérieur en France
Sipan Youssef
Sipan Youssef
तुर्की
(Not native in फ्रांसीसी)
फ्रांसीसीĽenseignement supérieur en France
Sipan Youssef
Sipan Youssef
तुर्की
(Not native in फ्रांसीसी)
फ्रांसीसीUmberto Eco est mort: L'art permet de rendre aimable la laideur du monde
Marijana Pejovic
Marijana Pejovic
मोंटेनीग्रो
(Not native in फ्रांसीसी)
जर्मन„Max und Helen“ von Simon Wiesenthal
(Not native in जर्मन)
गुजराती"Post Office" By Dhoomketu, Gourishankar Joshi
Mira Desai
Mira Desai
भारत
(Native in गुजराती)
हाएटी-क्रिओलEde pitit ou vin responsab by Reveye n'!
Sednick Bordes
Sednick Bordes
हएटी
(Native in हाएटी-क्रिओल)
हिंदीTravel Horror Story
Davinder Singh
Davinder Singh
भारत
(Not native in हिंदी)
हंगरीAdapted from "Kincsem, a magyar csoda ló", Erdekesvilag.hu
Zsofia Koszegi-Nagy
Zsofia Koszegi-Nagy
यूनाइटेड किंगडम
(Native in हंगरी)
हंगरीFrom 'The most famous female inventors and their inventions / A leghíresebb női feltalálók és találmányaik", Erdekesvilag.hu
Zsofia Koszegi-Nagy
Zsofia Koszegi-Nagy
यूनाइटेड किंगडम
(Native in हंगरी)
इंडोनीशियाईPembayaran Non-Tunai Oleh Santi
Santi Komariyah
Santi Komariyah
इंडोनीशिया
(Native in इंडोनीशियाई)
इंडोनीशियाईBelajar Bersama
Adrian Christian Kaunang
Adrian Christian Kaunang
इंडोनीशिया
(Native in इंडोनीशियाई)
इतालवीLa sardina Rocchina
EdiUniversum
EdiUniversum
इटली
(Not native in इतालवी)
इतालवीParole in silenzio
Leanne Young
Leanne Young
इटली
(Not native in इतालवी)
जापानीFrom "刺靑 (Shisei)" by 谷崎潤一郞 (Junichiro Tanizaki)
Akikorossella
Akikorossella
इटली
(Not native in जापानी)
कजाकीAl Farabi
Gulnar Sultanbek
Gulnar Sultanbek
कजाकस्तान
(Native in कजाकी)
कजाकीAl Farabi
Gulnar Sultanbek
Gulnar Sultanbek
कजाकस्तान
(Native in कजाकी)
कुर्डीThe flute player
(Native in कुर्डी)
पेर्श्यियन (फारसी)پیدایش جشن نوروز
(Native in पेर्श्यियन (फारसी))
पेर्श्यियन (फारसी)تاریخچه چهارشنبه سوری نوشته شده توسط حسین حسینی پناه در دوشنبه دوازدهم اسفند 1387
azamy20
azamy20
ईरान
(Not native in पेर्श्यियन (फारसी))
पोलिशFrom "Hasło kobiety-obywatelki" by Jadwiga Jahołkowska
Ewelina Zatryb
Ewelina Zatryb
पोलैंड
(Native in पोलिश)
पोलिशFrom "Opis obyczajów za panowania Augusta III" by Jędrzej Kitowicz
metafrasi.pl
metafrasi.pl
पोलैंड
(Native in पोलिश)
पोलिशFrom "Słowa cienkie i grube" by Tadeusz Boy-Żeleński
Monika Szymaniak
Monika Szymaniak
पोलैंड
(Native in पोलिश)
Portuguese (EU)From my own personal literary website, by Tiago Santos Lima (me)
(Native in Portuguese (EU))
Portuguese (EU)A Terceira Margem do Rio, by Guimarães Rosa (Brazilian writer)
Renato Santos
Renato Santos
ब्राजील
(Native in Portuguese (EU))
Portuguese (EU)Brazilian National Anthem / Hino Nacional do Brasil, Written by/Letra: Joaquim Osório Duque Estrada, 1909. Composed by/Composição: Francisco Manuel da Silva, 1822
VERLOW W. JR.
VERLOW W. JR.
ब्राजील
(Not native in Portuguese (EU))
Portuguese (EU)"A Máquina do Mundo" by Carlos Drummond de Andrade
Marcelo Umeda
Marcelo Umeda
ब्राजील
(Native in Portuguese (EU))
Portuguese (EU)"Acapulco - Coleccionador de Tesouro" de Pedro Correia
Helga Ferreira
Helga Ferreira
पुर्तगाल
(Native in Portuguese (EU))
पंजाबीDangers to environment during globalisation by Dr Tejinder Virli
Major Nagra
Major Nagra
कनाडा
(Native in पंजाबी)
रूसीАлександр Блок "В дюнах"
Ekaterina Khovanovitch
Ekaterina Khovanovitch
रूसी संघ
(Native in रूसी)
रूसीFrom "Школа в Кармартене" by Анна Коростелева
(Native in रूसी)
रूसी«Божественная комедия» Данте (отрывок)
Svetlana Golovko
Svetlana Golovko
युक्रेन
(Native in रूसी)
रूसी<<весенняя ночь>> Су Ши
Dinara Umetalieva
Dinara Umetalieva
किरगिस्तान
(Not native in रूसी)
सर्बियाईOdlomak iz pripovetke „Pogledi“ Gordane Jujić
Gordana Jujić
Gordana Jujić
सर्बिया
(Native in सर्बियाई)
सोमालीTaariikhda dagaalkii 1977 Somalia iyo Ethiopia
Siyad Abdulahi
Siyad Abdulahi
इथियोपिया
(Native in सोमाली)
स्पेनीFrom "Romero a Roma" by Bruno Moreno Ramos [399 words, I confirm that I have obtained permission to use the text and that there are no previous translations of the text]
Alejandro Moreno-Ramos
Alejandro Moreno-Ramos
स्पेन
(Native in स्पेनी)
स्पेनीTransparencias by Xinia Estrada (I am the author of the proposed text)
(Native in स्पेनी)
स्पेनीFrom "Tierras Móviles" by Tania Damianoff
tania damianoff
tania damianoff
संयुक्त राज्य अमरीका
(Native in स्पेनी)
स्पेनीFrom "Tierras Móviles" by Tania Damianoff
tania damianoff
tania damianoff
संयुक्त राज्य अमरीका
(Native in स्पेनी)
स्पेनीTierras Móviles by Tania Damianoff
tania damianoff
tania damianoff
संयुक्त राज्य अमरीका
(Native in स्पेनी)
स्पेनीCarlos Varela "Una palabra"
Mag.phil. Nikola Simone Greier
Mag.phil. Nikola Simone Greier
आस्ट्रिया
(Not native in स्पेनी)
स्पेनीDificultades para contar chistes que les gusten a todos los hispanoparlantes
Marco Ramón
Marco Ramón
मेक्सिको
(Native in स्पेनी)
स्पेनीDe "Charles Baudelaire" Poeta Francês
Paulo Vargas
Paulo Vargas
ब्राजील
(Not native in स्पेनी)
टैगलोगKwento ng Sundalong Patpat by Virgilio Almario
dld102
dld102
फिलिपीन्स
(Native in टैगलोग)
तमिलFrom "Arthamulla Inthu matham " by Kannadasan
(Native in तमिल)
थाईFrom "Domain Names 101" by HoaxThsi.com
jatturaput
jatturaput
थाईलैंड
(Not native in थाई)
उक्रेनीFrom "Anthem of Ukraine" by Oleksandr Nahornyy
Olexa
Olexa
युक्रेन
(Native in उक्रेनी)
उर्दूFrom My about health article
Dil Chohan
Dil Chohan
पाकिस्तान
(Native in उर्दू)
उर्दूFrom the summary of the 1,300 year old epic Alif Laila (الف لیلہ)
ultraali456
ultraali456
पाकिस्तान
(Not native in उर्दू)