English and Chinese Thought Patterns and Their Impact on Translation Teaching

Zhiyuan LIU

Abstract


Translation is widely accepted not only as a transformation of linguistic forms, but also as a particular activity of cross-cultural communication. As one of the most important aspects of culture, thought pattern will exert great influence upon translation. Totally four pairs of English and Chinese patterns are discussed, such as abstract thought vs. image thought, analytical thought vs. synthetical thought, object-centered thought vs. subject-centered thought, and linear thought vs. spiral thought. Based on the discussion, four translation techniques are put forward which will be quite essential in translation teaching. The techniques are such as transformation between animate subjects and inanimate subjects, transformation between nouns and verbs, transformation between prepositions and verbs, transformation between the end-weight sentences and the beginning-weight sentences.


Keywords


Thought patterns; Chinglish; Translation teaching; Translation techniques

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/9578

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