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Translation of English Idioms about Colors from the Perspective of Functional Equivalence Theory

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DOI: 10.38007/Proceedings.0001836


Shimin Li

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Shimin Li


Abstract: Color idioms are an important branch of idioms. In this paper the Chinese translation of English idioms about colors is expounded from the perspective of Nida’s Functional Equivalence Theory. Under the theory, literal translation and free translation are discussed as two basic translation methods. A few typical examples are quoted and analyzed, trying to achieve functional equivalence in terms of form and content. The study on translation of color idioms is of significance to enhance the competence of intercultural communication.


Keyword: English Idioms; Colors; Functional Equivalence Theory; Translation