It has been my great pleasure to volunteer to be a translator between a Japanese artisan Tohta Mizuguchi and some local volunteers at the Lawai International Center which has been building its temple hall. Yesterday was my last day as an interpreter there because a Japanese carpenter is leaving soon.
I think it is not so difficult to express my ideas and thoughts freely in English, but I knew translating somebody's ideas, thoughts and explanations was a different story. Especially, there were many technical terms of the construction that I didn't know, I needed to understand what it meant before translating. That was both hard part and good part, too, because I got lots of information from both English and Japanese. Though my translation was not good, but I'm thinking to do a good job in the future by sharing what I learned there with you.
According to the science, the answer for the question "1+1" has to be 2. "One plus one" cannot be three nor four. One plus one always equals two. But Iknew "1+1" could be more than two by experiencing a translator. "One Japanese language + One English Language " is not two languages, but much more. I think it could be true to the religions. If you study more than two religions, you will know lots about religions....I wonder did I make sense?
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