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Many of you are familiar with my band, Poor Man's Opera. We are designing some t-shirts. Part of the design may include the band name translated into various languages. (It will likely be an Armani-style t-shirt).

We need help translating the band name into various languages. In my experience, online translators are incredibly unreliable, so we're asking you (our oh-so-diverse Objectivist community!) for help if you're fluent. You won't get paid, but it will also take only about four seconds of your time.

So, translate "Poor Man's Opera" into any language with a Roman-based alphabet, and post the translation here. We would like Cyrillic-based alphabet translations as well. I imagine you would have to post that as an image.

Thanks for your help, folks!

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Are you not a fan of the aesthetics of the Dutch language? Don't like the way it rolls off the tongue? :)

Just imagine there was a band in the Netherlands called ____, and your American friend asks you what the band name means in English, and you answer "Poor Man's Opera". That _____ is what we're looking for. A literal translation, meaning how you would say it in your own language. It's not my fault if your language has aesthetic deficiencies. The people to whom you need to complain about that are long gone. :P

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Olex, would I spell that "Опэра Бэдняка"? Thanks! (I hope that's how. Otherwise I'll be disappointed that I've lost what I learned of the Russian alphabet. :) )
No, it is spelled with э in the opposite direction - e. So: "Опeра Бeдняка" Edited by Olex
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It's been a while since high school French, but would the French not be "L'opéra du homme pauvre" as opposed to "pauvre homme?" Please correct me if i'm wrong.

I can do the Latin later this evening (when I can grab hold of my old copy of Wheelock), though I may have to make up a word for "opera." :)

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It's been a while since high school French, but would the French not be "L'opéra du homme pauvre" as opposed to "pauvre homme?" Please correct me if i'm wrong.

Hmm, you may be right as far as grammar goes. I never took it in school, but learned it when I spent a summer in France. Conversationally, at least, I think it would be pauvre homme.

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It's been a while since high school French, but would the French not be "L'opéra du homme pauvre" as opposed to "pauvre homme?" Please correct me if i'm wrong.

I too am working from long-ago high school French, but I believe that since the "h" in "homme" is silent, the correct phrasing is "L'opera de l'homme pauvre". (With, of course, the accent over the e.)

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Are you not a fan of the aesthetics of the Dutch language? Don't like the way it rolls off the tongue? B)

Just imagine there was a band in the Netherlands called ____, and your American friend asks you what the band name means in English, and you answer "Poor Man's Opera". That _____ is what we're looking for. A literal translation, meaning how you would say it in your own language. It's not my fault if your language has aesthetic deficiencies. The people to whom you need to complain about that are long gone. :P

"Golden Earring" springs to mind as perhaps the biggest Dutch band. What are they called in their native tongue?

Here's the Canadian translation:

"Poor Man's Opera, eh"

You have to emphasize the "eh", eh.

Even though the shirts are "done", I think you can see you've left off a vital and valuable language.

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