Read The Colloquy of the Dogs by Miguel de Cervantes in Spanish

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What is The Colloquy of the Dogs about?

The Colloquy of the Dogs (El coloquio de los perros) is a novella written by Cervantes in 1612 that recounts a conversation between two dogs overheard (or perhaps hallucinated) by a soldier at a hospital. They conversation provides a fascinating overview of the Spanish society and worldview in the 17th century.

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Cervantes' most famous work after Don Quixote!

Miguel de Cervantes was a late 16th and early 17th century Spanish writer who has had an enormous influence on the Spanish language and literature. His most famous work is Don Quixote. He is often compared to Shakespeare, and his works are among the most widely read and studied works in modern literature.

How was this Spanish translation made?

Literal but understandable

We translate works one by and one and individually except where that would harm understanding. See this example:

Hurtaron [They] stole
un a
caballo horse
muy very
bueno. good.

The natural English word order would be a vey good horse but the phrase is still perfectly understandable even in the different English word order, thus we left it in the original word order. However, this would be harder to understand:

Lo It
tengo I have
por for
dificultoso. difficult.

And thus we have chosen a more idiomatic translation:

Lo tengo por I consider it to be
dificultoso. difficult.

Embracing cognates

We aim to help learners make use of the fact that English and Spanish both share much common vocabulary. Thefore, we use Spanish and English cognates where possible.

The word coloquio in the title of this book is a good example. Coloquio is normally translated asa dialogue than a colloquy , which is more formal. Yet, we translate it as a colloquy as it still conveys the meaning, and it also helps learners remember the Spanish word better.

There are many examples of this in the translation: error is translated as error (not mistake), sepultura as sepulture (not grave), campo as campo (not field ), consentir as consent (not agree), etc. We use this principle whenever possible, as we believe this reveals the links between English and Spanish and helps learners remember Spanish words.

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  • over 20 thousand translated words and expressions
  • the original text & aligned Interlinear translations
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