fallcoverThe cover of the print version of  Engage magazine features the word “engage” translated into German, Chinese, Arabic and Spanish. Translators from UW Oshkosh, the UW-System and the Fox Valley were used to ensure the correct translation was used for each language. Take a look at the explanations from a few of our translators.

English to German

“This particular verb is—even in English—more French than Germanic. English is Germanic; the verb came into German from French in the 17th century. There are other German possibilities, but they do not quite match the sense and feel of French-English ‘engage.’ I did check with a native speaker: “sich engagieren” is the recommended verb.”

“‘Engage’ is being used as the magazine title in a command form in English—it’s asking people to engage, get involved—so a command form in German is needed. The verb in German is ‘sich engagieren’ and it is reflexive, meaning it needs a special pronoun–‘sich’. In the formal command form, the verb also needs the formal pronoun of address, Sie, as well as an exclamation mark—even if the command is not said in an emphatic, brusk manner. The formal command form of this verb is ‘Engagieren Sie sich!’ With all the pronouns, the formal command form in German takes up more space than the pithy, compact English ‘engage’ …” —Elizabeth Wade-Sirabian, UW Oshkosh professor of German and chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

English to Arabic

“You would use the word ” شارك ” which you would pronounce as ‘shaa-rik’.”

“We would need a sentence to be sure, because Arabic is super complex with it’s conjugation! So it depends who you’re directing the action to, or if it’s a command for example.” —Mohamed and Kaylah Fouda, Appleton residents

English to Spanish

“Engage in Spanish could have many meanings. It depends on the connotation or intention of the English word. Engage as in ‘getting engaged to marry someone’ would be ‘comprometer’ (verb) or ‘comprometerse’ ( getting engaged). It could also mean getting very interested in something, follow something, like when you get engaged in a conversation. In that case it would be ‘engancharse’ (verb) or  ‘engancharse’ like getting engaged with UWO’s news.” —Maria Graf MSN, RN, CTN-A, UW Oshkosh College of Nursing academic instructional staff

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