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Zoology and Animal Physiology, 2022, 3(1); doi: 10.38007/ZAP.2022.030104.

Translation Strategies of Animal Words in Maritime English


Jing Zhang

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Jing Zhang

Xiangshui County Tongyu River Primary School, Xiangshui, China


Maritime English involves a lot of professional terms and cultural background. The shipping industry has international characteristics. English is the working language of the shipping industry. The ability of crew members to use English determines the competence of crew members to a large extent. However, the current level of nautical English in most industries is not high. The purpose of this article is to study the translation strategies of animal words in maritime English. This paper briefly introduces the types of animal vocabulary in maritime English and many problems facing maritime English teaching through literature research and surveys. The questionnaires were used to analyze the main sources of students' difficulty in remembering animal vocabulary in maritime English and their expected translation strategies. The results show that most students find that animal-based compound words are the most difficult, while animal-site compound words are the least difficult. 34% of students think that the problem of remembering animal vocabulary in nautical English comes from using frequency. 28% of students feel that the problem lies in the method of memory. The translation strategies of animal vocabulary in maritime English are: shape interpretation, cultural interpretation, feature interpretation, transliteration, and non-translation. 27.5% of the students supported the interpretation of the shape, and 23.7% of the students supported the transliteration strategy. In the process of translating animal vocabulary in maritime English, translators must first determine the reasons for the interpretation of animal vocabulary, and then adopt appropriate translation methods. They must combine translation strategies with practical applications.


Maritime Translation, Animal Vocabulary, English Teaching, Strategy Analysis

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Jing Zhang. Translation Strategies of Animal Words in Maritime English. Zoology and Animal Physiology (2022), Vol. 3, Issue 1: 36-48. https://doi.org/10.38007/ZAP.2022.030104.


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