I know that most translations arent literal, but can you help me understand this translation?

Hitori hitori ga chiisana yume wo
Daite kyou mo samayoi aruku

it's subtitled in spanish as

"keep going for those small dreams, which one by one appear every day"

chiisana yume is "small dream" and the rest it doesnt make any sense to me

hitori I understand it is "one person"

daite "to hug or something more personal " is it another definition in this phrase?

kyou = today, fun, bad luck, etc. I dont know which one could be here.

samayoi = to wonder, to loiter . No idea which meaning has in the phrase

aruku = to walk

How all that translates to the former?


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First, hitori hitori ([一人一人]{ひとりひとり}) is "each individual person".

Next, daite is the te-form of daku ([抱]{だ}く). Yes, its basic meaning is "to hug" but here its meaning is "to hold" or "to have".

kyou ([今日]{きょう}) is simply "today". so kyou mo means "today, too," which strongly implies the nuance of "as usual" and "without any change" here.

samayoi is the masu-stem of samayou ([彷徨]{さまよ}う) "to wander". So it connects adverbially to aruku ("to walk") here. So samayoi aruku is something like "walk while wandering" or "wander on foot". Note that the nuance of samayou is not going for a walk as a daily routine; it is more like to lose a goal and wander aimlessly.

So, the whole sentence literally translates as follows:

Each person wanders on foot without an aim as usual today, holding a small dream.

One can say this in whatever ways they want, but I don't think "keep going for those small dreams, which one by one appear every day" is so good a translation. Small dreams do not appear every day.

  • thanks. that doesnt sound at all like the subtitle. Did the translator take way too much freedom to translate? – Pablo 10 mins ago
    – Pablo
    Commented Dec 23, 2016 at 22:35
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    @Pablo I think the translation in the subtitles is incorrect...
    – chocolate
    Commented Dec 24, 2016 at 5:45

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