International Education Research

International Education Research

ISSN: 2291-5273 (Print)    ISSN: 2291-5281 (Online)

Volume 1 (2013), No. 2, Pages 34-42

DOI: 10.12735/ier.v1i2p34

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The Role of Dictionaries in Translation Performance: A Case of English to Persian Translation

Reza Jelveh1  Dariush Nejadansari1 

1Department of Foreign Languages, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran


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This study tries to see if the application of dictionaries in translation tasks can improve the quality of translation. In order to reach the purpose, this study investigates the issue both quantitatively and qualitatively in two phases. In the opening phase of the project a questionnaire was given to 230 Iranian translators in seven Iranian state universities to investigate the type of monolingual dictionaries they use while translating informative texts like news reports. In the main phase of the study, three groups of translators with different types of dictionaries- hardcover, computer software, and mobile dictionaries- were selected and given the task of translating three news texts from English to Persian, and their translations were assessed in terms of the accuracy of the words and expressions of the source text and the speed of the job. Results indicated that translators using mobile dictionaries rendered the texts more accurately and much faster than the other two groups. Translators using computer software occupied the second rank, and hardcover dictionary users, bringing up the rear, were the last group to finish the job. This study shows how mobile dictionaries can provide help that meets the needs of translators when translating informative texts.

Keywords: mobile dictionary, translation, accuracy, speed, informative texts

To Cite this Article: Jelveh, R., & Nejadansari, D. (2013). The role of dictionaries in translation performance: A case of English to Persian translation. International Education Research, 1(2), 34-42.

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The Role of Dictionaries in Translation Performance: A Case of English to Persian Translation