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Mini-contest 2012: "Yogi Berra Quotes" » English to Arabic

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Source text in English

There were 14 entries submitted in this pair during the submission phase.

Entries submitted in this pair were rated on a per-segment basis. Listed below are all submitted translations of each individual source text segment.

Submitted segment translations

Translations submitted for each source text segment are listed below. Segments have had surrounding punctuation stripped, and the resulting identical segments have been grouped together, so each listed translation should differ, but the difference may be subtle (eg. internal punctuation or diacritics).

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- "I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous."
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+111 | -3
It's [supposedly] humorous because if you were to give your right arm, you could no longer be ambidextrous.
+33 | -2
A somewhat dull oxymoron. Another one of this kind would be "I'd die for the chance of living that moment."
+27 | -1
He is/was a baseballer. Ability to throw/catch with both arms is an obvious advantage. THe paradox of losing one arm to be able to keep using both is what makes this funny
+22 | -1
He would pay any price (idiom -give his right arm) to fulfil his wish of being ambidextrous - he ends up in oxymoron, which is funny.
+24 | -13
Being ambidextrous (as opposed to strongly right or left-handed) would solve a lot of problems (e.g. cutting fingernails). "I'd give my right arm to..." is an idiomatic expression meaning to want something very much.
+8 | -1
to give the right arm means "to pay any price for something", ironically in this case, for being ambidextrous (to be able to use both hands equally well)
[Edited] +5 | -1
I would give my right arm (= I'd do absolutely anything) to be able to use both hands with equal facility.
+6 | -2
A set expression: "I'd give my right arm to {whatever}". Once again, Yogi comes up with something funny to plug in. (By the way, the desire to be ambidextrous is common among baseball players.)
+3 | -1
In baseball been ambidextrous as I am, is a privilege among the baseball players, so is a good translation for this or any sport, due to the big advantages of using both arms and have the same strength, and abilities to throw or bat.
We shall forever remember him.

Translations of this segment (14 total; 14 unique)

أعطي ذارعي اليمنى لأبرع في كلتا يداي
أنا على استعداد للتضحية بيدي اليمنى مقابل القدرة على استخدام يديّ الاثنتين بنفس الكفاءة
كنت لأعطي يدي اليمين كي أعرف كيف استخدم كلتا يداي
أنا مستعد للتضحية بيدي اليمنى حتى أصبح بارعا في استخدام كلتا يدي
مستعد للتضحية بذراعي اذا ضمنت لي البطولة
‏" أتقن عملك، تحقق أملك"‏
كم يود البعض امتلاك المهارات والقدرات
سأبذل كل قوتي لأدخر لنفسي قوة فائقة
أنا مستعدّ للتضحية بذراعي الأيمن في سبيل الحصول على ذراعين أيمنين
لأعطبنّ ذراعي الأيمن إن كان ذلك سيعجلني ذو يمينين
أنا مستعد لأتخلى عن ذراعي اليمنى، لأحظى بالمهارة الحقة
وددت لو أعطي ذراعي اليمنى وأتمكن من استخدام كلتا ذراعي
يٌمكننى أن أتخلى عن يدى اليُمنى لأكون ماهر يدوياَ
عزف الناس عن المكان لازدحامه

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