Jordanian Translation Students’ Difficulties in Translating ‎English Proverbs into Arabic ‎

Bilal Ayed Al-Khaza’leh


Translation is a creativity job in which the translator aims to recreate the source text taking into account, faithfulness, regularity, and equivalency when conveying the message of the author. This paper examined the difficulties that encountered (25) translation students at Jadara University, Jordan when they translate English proverbs into Arabic. Moreover, this study attempted to unfold the reasons behind these difficulties. To achieve these objectives, the researcher designed a translation test composed of (25) English proverbs with an open-ended question. The students’ translations were quantitatively analysed to find relevant frequencies and percentages. The results revealed that the major difficulties in translating English proverbs into Arabic are the difficulties in mastering the standard Arabic language, the unawareness of the lexical and semantic difference, the spread of modern colloquial Arabic language, and the students’ unawareness of cultural differences of the English proverbs.


translation, English proverbs, standard Arabic, modern colloquial Arabic

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