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Translation in Practice

Nanjing University via Coursera


This course offers you basic but valuable techniques used by a good translator in the translation between English and Chinese. We’ll discuss what is translation, what is good translation, and learn about how to produce good translations.

All the examples used in this course are taken from the course instructor's own translations of various genres and topics of writing. These examples are elaborated on to show you how to understand the idea, style and tone of the writer, the historical and cultural context of the writing, as well as the explicit and implied meanings of words, the grammatical structures of sentences, and the logic of sentences and paragraphs in order to achieve faithfulness, expressiveness, and elegance in the translation.

After completing this course, you will know what makes a qualified professional translator and acquire the abilities and skills that such a translator needs

Taught by

Yuan Yao


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  • Sharon Lake

    Sharon Lake is taking this course right now, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very hard.

    The facilitator was very good and the course well presented. I could not continue because it treated English and Mandarin, I do not know Mandarin. Please do a Translation course in English/Spanish or English/French. Thank you!

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