Homework Help

Is the following statement about language translation true? "Translating idioms and...

user profile pic

adnan1972 | eNoter

Posted April 26, 2013 at 3:17 PM via web

dislike 2 like

Is the following statement about language translation true?

"Translating idioms and proverbs is one of the main difficulties encountered by translators."

1 Answer | Add Yours

user profile pic

Kay Morse | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted April 26, 2013 at 10:14 PM (Answer #1)

dislike 1 like

Language systems embody cultural awareness instead of simply describing static externalities. The bigger the cultural differences between the Source Language and the Target language (SL and TL), the more difficult will be the translation.

Since proverbs and idioms are  culturally bound regarding meaning (defined and understood by culture bound perceptions and experiences) these have added difficulty for the translator. Thus, yes, translating idioms and proverbs is one of the main difficulties encountered by translators.

Sources:

Kay Morse

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes