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About billdavisthoughts

From San Diego, CA. I've been a missionary and Bible translator in the Philippines for over 30 years and have travelled as a language learning consultant to 15 countries. I play piano and guitar. I write, read voraciously and love to work on word puzzles. Married for 35 years, we have two daughters and two grandchildren.

Changes in Translation

Translation work has changed. In 1983, I started doing translation with a manual typewriter, and for backup, I used carbon paper (Google those, kids). Now I translate on a Mac Powerbook and I send an email attachment to back up my … Continue reading

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Translating With Needle And Thread

I just sewed up a puzzling translation issue. We ran into a problem translating Jesus’ allegory about the eye of an needle. He said that it’s easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for … Continue reading

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Good Storytelling: Insights From A Two-Year-Old

Believe it or not, but the dozen or so English phrases my almost-two-year-old grandson has mastered illustrate all the elements needed in the writing of good fiction. I recently spent about a week with Max and got to hear him … Continue reading

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Enough To Drive You Crazy?

I renewed my driver’s license yesterday here in Puerto Princesa. Maybe that doesn’t sound like a big deal to you. Perhaps you think there is no adventure involved in such a mundane, routine activity. Allow me to fill you in. … Continue reading

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The Change… it is a’changin’

Okay, a quick post. Something happened to me yesterday that would never happen in the USA. (Wow, you’d think I was, y’know, in another country or something!) I was shopping at the pharmacy. Well, actually it was a “generic” pharmacy (they … Continue reading

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Fun With Translation: Drinking Groups (huh?!)

A Group of Drinks (drinking group?) Okay, before you raise your eyebrows TOO high over the title and picture for this post, read on…   Gather ’round, and let’s talk about gathering round! Groups. How do languages express this concept … Continue reading

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I was thinking… Today is Thanksgiving. Always a good time to ponder and articulate what we are thankful for (although we certainly should not be thankful only one day a year). It’s also my birthday. These two event always coincide whenever … Continue reading

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Proof-Reading is Exciting? (Guest Post)

Proof-reading is Exciting? I thought I would share a post from my favorite blogger (my wife Donna!), as it explains some of the exciting progress we’re seeing in these finals months of translating the Palawano New Testament. Check out her blog … Continue reading

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Mites and Farthings

I was thinking… Actually, what I was thinking was, “What were they thinking?!” Today, while doing some research on the value of the coins in Mark 12:42 (i.e. the “widow’s mites”), I ran across this from the Aramaic Bible in … Continue reading

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Palawan Flu – A Ray of Hope?

Malaria. Many people are not aware, but malaria is a disease that claims over 800,000 lives a year worldwide, most of those being children and infants. In areas where the disease is endemic, every family can name members whose lives … Continue reading

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