The principal steps of translation(English-Chinese) are: reading comprehension, Chinese expression, proof and polish. It must be following the original but in accordance with Chinese custom , and should abide by the below principles.

1) Thoroughly understand the original when reading comprehension, it is useful to analyze grammar and help understand the logic level of the sentence.

Eg. Too often we believe what accounts for other’s success is some special secret or a lucky break. But rarely is success so mysterious.


Analysis: the main structure of the sentence is ”We believe …… is some …….” ,“Too often” is adverbial, to emphasize in advance, and “What accounts for … … success” is the subject of the “believe” ‘s object clause, but is guided by the “What”, “account for “ is a phrase, meaning “instructions” , “prove”. So the logic relationship of the whole sentence is: We believe what accounts for other’s is some special secret or a lucky break.

2) To Chinese expression, it should be understand the exact meaning of the puzzling word or extended meaning. “Extended” means word will be deepened when translating to get a “new meaning” to express original implication. English and Chinese language use different ways to express, sometimes very different. It can not find the same meaning expression of the phrase translation in translating, if copy original sample mechanically, and translate in isolation, the translation would obscure or ambiguous. According to the context to extend the word’s meaning and add new meaning , choose the appropriate meaning to express, on the surface, it seems beyond the scope of original meaning, but in fact it can be able to more accurately express the original meaning.

Eg. A creative person will almost never follow a set pattern in developing an idea. To do so would tend to structure his thinking and might limit the creation of possible solutions.


Analysis: in the translation of the sentence, these words “develop (original meaning is “发展”),” “structure (original meaning is “构造”)”, “limit (original meaning is “限定”) “ are all added new meaning for needs. It make the translation conform to Chinese language custom and get more popularity and smooth.

3) to combine context and background knowledge when checking and modifying, respect Chinese language custom

Weigh the original sentence structure when checking and modifying, get suitable combinations, and adjust the word order in accordance with Chinese custom, and strive to express accurately to achieve the unity of content and style.

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Eg. Last night an uninvited guest turned up to make five for bridge. I had the kind of paper book at hand to make being the fifth at bridge a joy.


Analysis: when translating the English sentence, it must be not only to clarify the sentence structure and the meaning of the phrase, such as:” turn up (出现,露面)”, “at hand (在手边)”, but also to understand some background knowledge, ie: playing bridge, only need four person. In this way, appropriate adjust the translation, and it will be get just to the point.