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从词汇的角度看语言的学习

从词汇的角度看语言的学习

语言是一种非常复杂的现象。它的复杂之处在于,除了它本身具有极为复杂的内部关系和规律(语音、文字、词、句子、语法、篇章、修辞等)之外,它还与使用语言的人类本身以及这种语言所属的政治、经济、社会、文化、历史、地理等环境有着十分密切的联系。也就是说,人们可以根据自己的需要、为着独特的目的从任何一个语言本体和外部的角度来描述、分析和解释语言这种现象。这很像是佛经中印度古代“盲人摸象”的故事所讲的那样,几位“盲人”都很努力地在自己摸到的部位摸索“大象”的样子,都给出了有充分依据却又彼此不同的“大象”观点,谁也无法说服谁。语言研究也是这样,都免不了“盲人摸象”、“以偏概全”的问题。

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冯友兰《中国哲学简史》赵复三中文版《译后记》中存在的问题

冯友兰《中国哲学简史》赵复三中文版《译后记》中存在的问题

冯友兰(1895-1990)的《中国哲学简史》系统地介绍了中国古代哲学的发展史,用通俗、易读的语言对中国古代哲学及其流派的主要人物和思想进行了介绍,是学习、了解中国古代哲学的一本不可多得的入门书。

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Can the Chinese do Chinese to English translation well?

Can the Chinese do Chinese to English translation well?

Of course we can. Not anyone, though, I must hasten to add. I find this topic very thought-inspiring because it involves a key strategy that we should adopt in language study and translation. An uninformed answer to the question means that we might end up trying in vain to learn good English by translating from Chinese to English, one of the biggest pitfalls for us. The Chinese to English translations we can find, in most cases, are generally substandard and foreign-sounding (as to native English speakers). For example, the poorly done Chinese to English translations that are used as purportedly good examples in an authorized, genuine textbook of the official China Accreditation Test for Translators and Interpreters (CATTI). The users of such translations should feel embarrassed about having to settle for this below-par English language, knowing that the texts are just useful, convenient but not good enough to qualify as real English as used by respected native English writers. Really good Chinese to English translations are hard to come by. Bad Chinese to English translations should not be taken as good examples or subjects of study unless they are acknowledged as bad writing that we should avoid in our translation. Read more about Can the Chinese do Chinese to English translation well?