We talked about bible translation and since we have friends who are bible translators, I asked the kids to write down questions they are curious and have our friends reply them.
First, translating a Bible is project involving many people. There are always mother-tongue speakers of the language the Bible is being translated into. The 'ideal' translator is one who can read the original Greek or Hebrew, read English (because of commentaries and translation helps available in English), and knows linguistics and translation theory as well as the national language of the country (because the translator has to live there), and the language the Bible is being translated into.
Very rarely does any person know all these things. So a committee is formed with full- and part-time workers to fill in these gaps. Often a person from SIL knows several of these things and serves as a coordinator to keep it all working. Also SIL supplies consultants and quality control checking as needed.
2. How long does it take to translate at least one third of the bible?
Depending on the difficulties and people available, a New Testament (about 1/4 of the Bible) can be translated very quickly in 5 to 7 years. This only happens if a very similar language has a completed translation that can be computer adapted to make decent rough draft. In general, 10 to 15 years are usually needed to complete a NT.
3. Do you have to have a bible by your side when translating?
Yes it is very important to have a Bible by your side when translating. In fact, it's very good to have several Bible available to help by suggesting different ways to describe the same ideas. Translators use Bibles on the computer quite a bit.
4. How many languages are there that you have to translate?
There are over 7000 languages in the world. Some of them are dying languages, and some of them have some or all of the Bible. Right now translators are working in well over 1,000 languages already, and our best guess is that there are a little under 2,000 languages that still need the Bible and don't yet have anyone working on them.
5. Do you like translating Bible?
I enjoy the little bit of translating I have done. I am a consultant that helps to check other people's Bible translations. I also am a teacher who helps to train people that will be translators.
6. Do you write by hand?
No, not usually. We mostly work on the computer. We have special computer programs that help translators keep track of all the complicated things in the Bible. The programs also make it easier to send to a printer who will print the completed books.
7. Do you need to memorize the whole Bible?
No, we don't have to memorize the whole Bible. But the more someone has memorized the Bible, the more it will help with the work--and with living a life following the Lord.
8. How many Bible have you translated?
Our friends, who are missionaries with Wycliffe, suggested this page for more resources for kids.
We talked about the exploration into the "New World" and made more maps of the explorers.
The older kids continued on Rod and Staff English (they will continue to do this in summer)
We stopped Mandarin Chinese for this week.
We did a review on the English from the Roots Up
We continued to practice Math.
We talked about space travel.
We watched many interesting videos of astronauts in the International Space Station (you can find them easily on youtube).
We also watched on on Scottt Kelly, the astronaut who spent one year in space.
We calculated how long it would take for us to travel to all the planets (including Pluto)
We did not do art this week.
We will be going to the Teach Them Diligently Conference in Ohio this week. After that we have families visiting and some family vacations planned.
Other than that, Big Bro and Big Sis will finish up their Rod and Staff English (they only have a few lessons left).
Big Bro will continue Singapore Math 5B and Big Sis 3B for the entire summer. They will do an exercise or half everyday just to keep in track. Lil Sis will finish Singapore Math 1B.
I also made Mandarin Chinese review worksheets for them that they have to do, a little everyday.
They are not going on summer camps or programs, so the rest of the summer, they will play, read, and relax. Mommy will prepare for next year and it is already looking so enticing!! =)
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