Date: Mar. Abstract This paper examines the different levels of difficulties that bilingual translators face when translating idioms in English and Arabic. It aims to suggest some solutions that tackle the amount of difficulty. Since the world is getting smaller, Arabs became more open minded. They like to read, explore, and gain more knowledge about other cultures, therefore, they started investigating and looking for books and articles that are written in foreign languages.
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Njoroge Abstract The acquisition of idiomatic expressions is one of the primary challenges to learners of English as a Second Language ESL in multilingual contexts such as Kenya; yet, the learners are expected to use these expressions in their writing.
The study on which this paper is based sought to assess the teaching of English idiomatic expressions in Kenyan secondary schools with a view to establishing the challenges teachers face in teaching the expressions and, thereafter, proposing effective strategies that can be applied for effective teaching of English idioms to ESL speakers. Ten teachers of English from both rural and urban secondary schools in Kenya were interviewed to find out the actual practices in their classrooms, the difficulties they face, and the effective strategies they employ for successful teaching of English idioms.
The data collected were qualitatively analyzed. First, the study notes that it is possible to infer semantic relations between the literal sense of individual parts of an idiom and its meaning when interpreting compositional idioms.
Second, there is incongruity between form and meaning when dealing with non compositional idioms since their semantic interpretation cannot be retrieved by means of their constituent parts. The study concludes that an understanding of the etymology of idioms can improve the comprehension and retention of idioms. The study recommends that idioms should be taught effectively in schools because the acquisition of idioms by learners will be an important indicator of their mastery of the English language.
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English Idioms And How To Use Them
Oxford: Oxford University Press. There is a wealth of information on fixed expressions and idioms, in addition to straightforward lexical, grammatical, and phonetic information between its covers. Students cannot afford to be without a copy. A must for teachers. Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.
English Idioms : And How to Use Them by Jennifer Seidl and W. McMordie (1978, Hardcover)
English Idioms by Jennifer Seidl and W. McMordie (1989, UK-Paperback, Revised)