Translating Collocations from English to Arabic among Iraqi EFL Learners

Aws Muayad Mahdi, Mohamad Subakir Mohd Yasin
2015 English Language and Literature Studies  
Correspondence: Aws Muayad Mahdi, pursuing an MA degree in English Language Studies at the School of Language Studies and Linguistics, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia; a staff member in the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Eduction at Abstract This paper will thoroughly examine the notion of collocation and will analyse translations of English collocations into Arabic while detailing other related points. It will also incorporate a detailed explanation of the various types of collocations in English. A
more » ... ions in English. A collocation is defined as a combination of two or more words that usually occur together in different language contexts. Although there have been many published literatures on collocation, there is limited examination of collocation in Iraq, and the specific problems faced by Iraqi EFL students translating English collocations into Arabic. This study examines the effect of mother tongue interference on the translation of English collocations into Arabic among Iraqi EFL students. The results reveal that 67% of the participants failed to achieve the pass mark, and only 33% achieved an acceptable level of understanding and translation. A detailed explanation of the results will be presented, as well as a conclusion and recommendation of this study.
doi:10.5539/ells.v5n3p57 fatcat:2rqfwumsg5gc3jlxyeye7kg32y