Para que empieces a practicar tus conocimientos, hé aquí algunos textos que puedes empezar a traducirlos al español, aplicando todas las reglas gramaticales aprendidas hasta este momento:
EJERCICIOS PARA TRADUCIR DEL INGLÉS AL ESPAÑOL
- Leer los dos textos y subrayar todos los verbos que puedas encontrar, escribiendo debajo del verbo (de ser posible) si se trata de verbo regular o irregular.
- Subrayar las palabras desconocidas para buscarlas en el diccionario
- Intentar traducir ambos textos. De dificultarse esta ultima consigna, no desesperar porque en clase lo trabajaremos.
¡É X I T O EN ESTE EMPEÑO!
There are two addresses in London that the whole world knows. One is 10 Downing street, where the Prime Minister lives. The other is Buckingham Palace. This famous palace, first built in 1703, is in the very centre of London.
It is two places, not one. It is a family house, where children play and grow up. It is also de place where presidents, kings, and politicians go to meet the Queen.
Buckingham Palace is like a small town, with a police station, two post offices, a hospital, a bar, two sports clubs, a disco, a cinema, and a swimming pool. There are 600 rooms and three miles of red carpet. Two men work full-time to look after the 300 clocks. About 700 people work in the Palace.
The Queen’s day
When the Queen gets up in the morning, seven people look after her. One starts her bath, one prepares her clothes, and one feeds the Royal dogs. She has eight or nine dogs, and they sleep in their own bedroom near the Queen’s bedroom. Two people bring her breakfast. She has coffee from Harrods, toast, and eggs. Every day for fifteen minutes, a piper plays Scottish music outside her room and the Queen reads The Times
Every Tuesday evening, she meets the Prime Minister. They talk about world news and have a drink, perhaps a gin and tonic or a whisky.
AN INVITATION TO THE PALACE
When the Queen invites a lot of people for dinner, it takes three days to prepare the table and three days to do the washing-up. Everybody has five glasses: one for red wine, one for white wine, one for water, one for pot, and one for liqueur. During the first and second courses, the Queen speaks to the person on her left and then she speaks to the person on her right for the rest of the meal. When the Queen finishes her food, everybody finishes, and it is time for the next course!
TWO TEENAGE GENIUSES
Ivan Mirsky is thirteen and he is the number 13 chess player in the world.
He was born in Russia but now lives in America with his father, Vadim. They live in a one-room flat in Brooklyn. Ivan doesn’t go to school and his father doesn’t have a job. They practice chess problems all day, every day, morning, afternoon, and evening.
Ivan was different from a very young age: he could ride a bike when he was eighteen months old and read before he was two. He could play cards at three and the piano at four. When he was twelve, he was the under -20 chess champion of Russia.
His father can’t speak English and can’t play chess, either!. Ivan translates for him. Vadim says, ‘I know that I can’t play chess, but I can still help Ivan. He and I don’t have any friends – we don’t want any friends. Other teenagers are boring! We don’t like playing sports or watching TV. We live for chess!’
Jaya Rajah is fourteen, but he doesn’t go to school. He studies medicine at New York University in a class of twenty-year-olds. Jaya was born in Madras in India but now lives in a house in New York with his mother, father, and brother. They can all speak English fluently. His father is a doctor.
Jaya was different from a very young age. He could count before he could say ‘Mummy’ or ‘Daddy’. He could answer questions on calculus when he was five and do algebra when he was eight.
Now he studies from 8.15 to 4.00 every day at the university. Then he studies at home with his father from 6.30 to 10.00 every evening. Jaya doesn’t have any friends. He never goes out in the evenings, but he sometimes watches TV. He says, ‘I live for one thing – I want to be a doctor before I am seventeen. Other children of my age are boring. They can’t understand me.
Fuente: Headway, Oxford University Press