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  • It is very well-written.
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Proposed texts

LanguageTitle/attributionFeedbackProposer
албанская"Vajza që nuk nuhaste" by Aurora Kenga
Aurora Kenga
Aurora Kenga
Албанія
(Native in албанская)
арабскаяFrom: "Al-Nazaraat" by Mustafa Lutfi Al-Manfaluti
jehd mahdi
jehd mahdi
Ірландыя
(Native in арабская)
арабскаяThe National
mrachidi
mrachidi
ЗША
(Native in арабская)
арабскаяFeeling with pain in Medicine and Quran
romio0
romio0
Палесціна
(Native in арабская)
арабскаяfrom ranaarab
ranaarab
ranaarab
Аб'яднаныя Арабскія Эміраты
(Native in арабская)
арабскаяexcerpt from Nazarat
(Native in арабская)
арабскаяexcerpt from Nazarat
(Native in арабская)
арабскаяA Plea for Freedom
May Darwiche (X)
May Darwiche (X)
Канада
(Native in арабская)
арабскаяPistachio Theory
(Native in арабская)
арабскаяjoke
Asmaa Selim
Asmaa Selim
Егіпет
(Native in арабская)
арабскаяA Group of Short Stories by Mohammed Abdalwali
Faisal Aldawli
Faisal Aldawli
Йемен
(Native in арабская)
арабскаяA Group of Short Stories by Mohammed Abdalwali
Faisal Aldawli
Faisal Aldawli
Йемен
(Native in арабская)
арабскаяA Group of Short Stories by Mohammed Abdalwali
Faisal Aldawli
Faisal Aldawli
Йемен
(Native in арабская)
армянская"Mtnadzor" by Aksel Bakunts
Kristine Khemchyan
Kristine Khemchyan
Арменія
(Native in армянская)
азербайджанскаяBizdən başqa
Sugura Maharramova
Sugura Maharramova
Азербайджан
(Native in азербайджанская)
азербайджанскаяGözlə(poem)
Sugura Maharramova
Sugura Maharramova
Азербайджан
(Native in азербайджанская)
балгарскаяНема такава държава by Slavi Trifonov and the Ku-Ku Band
Peter Skipp
Peter Skipp
Балгарыя
(Native in балгарская)
балгарскаяА дано, ама надали by Grafa and Mihaela Fileva and Venzy
Peter Skipp
Peter Skipp
Балгарыя
(Native in балгарская)
балгарскаяНощна песен
Irina Yakimova
Irina Yakimova
Балгарыя
(Native in балгарская)
балгарскаяFrom "Дванайсте минути любов/ История с танго" by Капка Касабова
Tsveta Velikova
Tsveta Velikova
Іспанія
(Native in балгарская)
балгарская" И ме няма" - Ева Георгиева(EVA) и N.A.S.O
Rositsa Naskova
Rositsa Naskova
Балгарыя
(Native in балгарская)
бірманскаяနောင်တကင်းရာသို့ - နန္ဒာသိန်းဇံ
Su Myat Noe
Su Myat Noe
М'янма
(Native in бірманская)
кітайскаяFrom 革命时期的爱情 by 王小波
(Not native in кітайская)
кітайскаяFrom "Red Rose and White Rose" by Eileen Chang
Yuan Gao
Yuan Gao
Італія
(Native in кітайская)
харвацкаяFrom "Za prozorskim staklom (Tragedija jedne djevojke)" by Ivan Goran Kovačić
Korana Lovri (X)
Korana Lovri (X)
Харватыя
(Native in харвацкая)
галандскаяTitle: Aljaska en de Canada-spoorweg From "De Aarde en haar volken", Jaargang 1892
Irenay
Irenay
Славенія
(Not native in галандская)
англійскаяDemocracy is Coming to the U.S.A. from the album The Future by Leonard Cohen
Peter Skipp
Peter Skipp
Балгарыя
(Native in англійская)
англійскаяStory of the Buddha
(Not native in англійская)
англійскаяHousehold Water
mrachidi
mrachidi
ЗША
(Native in англійская)
англійскаяDiabetes mellitus
Hanifa Rahimi
Hanifa Rahimi
Афганістан
(Not native in англійская)
англійскаяQuality Management in Social Service Organizations
José Moreira
José Moreira
Партугалія
(Not native in англійская)
англійскаяA Septuagenarian Bank Robber Goes from The New Yorker to the Big Screen by David Grann
RUTH MARIA KAKOGIANNOS
RUTH MARIA KAKOGIANNOS
Бразілія
(Not native in англійская)
англійскаяEnvinroment Health Safety (EHS) Policy
Arie Ravid
Arie Ravid
Ізраіль
(Not native in англійская)
англійскаяwiktionaere
Reni Bifamo Von
Reni Bifamo Von
Манака
(Not native in англійская)
англійскаяRussia World Cup
Maria Celina Soares
Maria Celina Soares
Бразілія
(Not native in англійская)
англійскаяCashless by Santi Prastiwi K
Santi Komariyah
Santi Komariyah
Інданезія
(Not native in англійская)
англійская"Trash Talk: On Translating Garbage" by Lina Mounzer
Emal Ghamsharick
Emal Ghamsharick
Германія
(Native in англійская)
англійскаяFrom "The customer is always right"
mdperezlopez
mdperezlopez
Аргенціна
(Native in англійская)
англійскаяmind vs labor
(Not native in англійская)
англійскаяA Farewell to Arms
Suzana Memieva
Suzana Memieva
Балгарыя
(Not native in англійская)
фарсі (персідская)این ارزش‌ها را به فرزندانتان بیاموزید
(Native in фарсі (персідская))
фарсі (персідская)یلدا
(Native in фарсі (персідская))
фарсі (персідская)تاریخچه چهارشنبه سوری توسط حسین حسینی پناه در دوشنبه دوازدهم اسفند 1387
azamy20
azamy20
Іран
(Not native in фарсі (персідская))
фарсі (персідская)Painting from ANDISHE magazine
(Native in фарсі (персідская))
французская"Comment gérer son deuil" by Daniel NDENGUE
Dany Patrick
Dany Patrick
Камерун
(Native in французская)
французскаяFrom "Le Bourgeon" by Georges Feydeau
(Not native in французская)
французскаяC’est terminé !
Sednick Bordes
Sednick Bordes
Гаіці
(Native in французская)
французскаяĽenseignement supérieur en France
Sipan Youssef
Sipan Youssef
Турцыя
(Not native in французская)
французскаяĽenseignement supérieur en France
Sipan Youssef
Sipan Youssef
Турцыя
(Not native in французская)
французскаяUmberto Eco est mort: L'art permet de rendre aimable la laideur du monde
Marijana Pejovic
Marijana Pejovic
Чарнагорыя
(Not native in французская)
нямецкая„Max und Helen“ von Simon Wiesenthal
(Not native in нямецкая)
Gujarati"Post Office" By Dhoomketu, Gourishankar Joshi
Mira Desai
Mira Desai
Індыя
(Native in Gujarati)
гаіцянская крэольскаяEde pitit ou vin responsab by Reveye n'!
Sednick Bordes
Sednick Bordes
Гаіці
(Native in гаіцянская крэольская)
хіндзіTravel Horror Story
Davinder Singh
Davinder Singh
Індыя
(Not native in хіндзі)
венгерскаяAdapted from "Kincsem, a magyar csoda ló", Erdekesvilag.hu
Zsofia Koszegi-Nagy
Zsofia Koszegi-Nagy
Вялікабрытанія
(Native in венгерская)
венгерскаяFrom 'The most famous female inventors and their inventions / A leghíresebb női feltalálók és találmányaik", Erdekesvilag.hu
Zsofia Koszegi-Nagy
Zsofia Koszegi-Nagy
Вялікабрытанія
(Native in венгерская)
інданезійскаяPembayaran Non-Tunai Oleh Santi
Santi Komariyah
Santi Komariyah
Інданезія
(Native in інданезійская)
інданезійскаяBelajar Bersama
Adrian Christian Kaunang
Adrian Christian Kaunang
Інданезія
(Native in інданезійская)
італьянскаяLa sardina Rocchina
EdiUniversum
EdiUniversum
Італія
(Not native in італьянская)
італьянскаяParole in silenzio
Leanne Young
Leanne Young
Італія
(Not native in італьянская)
японскаяFrom "刺靑 (Shisei)" by 谷崎潤一郞 (Junichiro Tanizaki)
Akikorossella
Akikorossella
Італія
(Not native in японская)
казахскаяAl Farabi
Gulnar Sultanbek
Gulnar Sultanbek
Казахстан
(Native in казахская)
казахскаяAl Farabi
Gulnar Sultanbek
Gulnar Sultanbek
Казахстан
(Native in казахская)
курдскаяThe flute player
(Native in курдская)
персідская (фарсі)پیدایش جشن نوروز
(Native in персідская (фарсі))
персідская (фарсі)تاریخچه چهارشنبه سوری نوشته شده توسط حسین حسینی پناه در دوشنبه دوازدهم اسفند 1387
azamy20
azamy20
Іран
(Not native in персідская (фарсі))
польскаяFrom "Hasło kobiety-obywatelki" by Jadwiga Jahołkowska
Ewelina Zatryb
Ewelina Zatryb
Польшча
(Native in польская)
польскаяFrom "Opis obyczajów za panowania Augusta III" by Jędrzej Kitowicz
metafrasi.pl
metafrasi.pl
Польшча
(Native in польская)
польскаяFrom "Słowa cienkie i grube" by Tadeusz Boy-Żeleński
Monika Szymaniak
Monika Szymaniak
Польшча
(Native in польская)
Portuguese (EU)From my own personal literary website, by Tiago Santos Lima (me)
(Native in Portuguese (EU))
Portuguese (EU)A Terceira Margem do Rio, by Guimarães Rosa (Brazilian writer)
Renato Santos
Renato Santos
Бразілія
(Native in Portuguese (EU))
Portuguese (EU)Brazilian National Anthem / Hino Nacional do Brasil, Written by/Letra: Joaquim Osório Duque Estrada, 1909. Composed by/Composição: Francisco Manuel da Silva, 1822
VERLOW W. JR.
VERLOW W. JR.
Бразілія
(Not native in Portuguese (EU))
Portuguese (EU)"A Máquina do Mundo" by Carlos Drummond de Andrade
Marcelo Umeda
Marcelo Umeda
Бразілія
(Native in Portuguese (EU))
Portuguese (EU)"Acapulco - Coleccionador de Tesouro" de Pedro Correia
Helga Ferreira
Helga Ferreira
Партугалія
(Native in Portuguese (EU))
панджабскаяDangers to environment during globalisation by Dr Tejinder Virli
Major Nagra
Major Nagra
Канада
(Native in панджабская)
рускаяАлександр Блок "В дюнах"
(Native in руская)
рускаяFrom "Школа в Кармартене" by Анна Коростелева
(Native in руская)
руская«Божественная комедия» Данте (отрывок)
Svetlana Golovko
Svetlana Golovko
Украіна
(Native in руская)
руская<<весенняя ночь>> Су Ши
Dinara Umetalieva
Dinara Umetalieva
Кыргызстан
(Not native in руская)
сербскаяOdlomak iz pripovetke „Pogledi“ Gordane Jujić
Gordana Jujić
Gordana Jujić
Сербія
(Native in сербская)
SomaliTaariikhda dagaalkii 1977 Somalia iyo Ethiopia
Siyad Abdulahi
Siyad Abdulahi
Эфіопія
(Native in Somali)
іспанскаяFrom "Romero a Roma" by Bruno Moreno Ramos [399 words, I confirm that I have obtained permission to use the text and that there are no previous translations of the text]
(Native in іспанская)
іспанскаяTransparencias by Xinia Estrada (I am the author of the proposed text)
(Native in іспанская)
іспанскаяFrom "Tierras Móviles" by Tania Damianoff
(Native in іспанская)
іспанскаяFrom "Tierras Móviles" by Tania Damianoff
(Native in іспанская)
іспанскаяTierras Móviles by Tania Damianoff
(Native in іспанская)
іспанскаяCarlos Varela "Una palabra"
(Not native in іспанская)
іспанскаяDificultades para contar chistes que les gusten a todos los hispanoparlantes
Marco Ramón
Marco Ramón
Мексіка
(Native in іспанская)
іспанскаяDe "Charles Baudelaire" Poeta Francês
Paulo Vargas
Paulo Vargas
Бразілія
(Not native in іспанская)
тагалогKwento ng Sundalong Patpat by Virgilio Almario
dld102
dld102
Філіпіны
(Native in тагалог)
тамільскаяFrom "Arthamulla Inthu matham " by Kannadasan
(Native in тамільская)
тайскаяFrom "Domain Names 101" by HoaxThsi.com
jatturaput
jatturaput
Тайланд
(Not native in тайская)
украінскаяFrom "Anthem of Ukraine" by Oleksandr Nahornyy
Olexa
Olexa
Украіна
(Native in украінская)
урдуFrom My about health article
Dil Chohan
Dil Chohan
Пакістан
(Native in урду)
урдуFrom the summary of the 1,300 year old epic Alif Laila (الف لیلہ)
ultraali456
ultraali456
Пакістан
(Not native in урду)