About this Course
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This course offers you basic but valuable techniques used by a good translator in the translation between English and Chinese. We’ll discuss what is translation, what is good translation, and learn about how to produce good translations. All the examples used in this course are taken from the course instructor's own translations of various genres and topics of writing. These examples are elaborated on to show you how to understand the idea, style and tone of the writer, the historical and cultural context of the writing, as well as the explicit and implied meanings of words, the grammatical structures of sentences, and the logic of sentences and paragraphs in order to achieve faithfulness, expressiveness, and elegance in the translation. After completing this course, you will know what makes a qualified professional translator and acquire the abilities and skills that such a translator needs...
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Suggested: Ten weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week

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Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified)
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Suggested: Ten weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week

Approx. 25 hours to complete
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English

Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified)

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
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2 hours to complete

A Brief Introduction to Translation

This module discusses why translation matters, what is translation, and what is good translation. It also gives an overview of the content of the entire course....
Reading
3 videos (Total 24 min)
Video3 videos
What Is Translation6m
What Is Good Translation10m

2

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

The Process of Translation

This module discusses the four-step process of translation. Each step is discussed in detail. ...
Reading
4 videos (Total 52 min), 3 quizzes
Video4 videos
Gathering Background Information13m
Deciding on the Word Meaning12m
Looking for Appropriate Expressions13m

3

Section
Clock
7 hours to complete

Understanding and Expressing Word Meaning

This module discusses how to understand word meaning in the source language and how to express word meaning in the target language. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 82 min), 6 quizzes
Video6 videos
Analyzing Grammar and Logic12m
Making Conversions13m
Adding or Omitting Words, Phrases, Clauses14m
Considering Connotations and Tones13m
Being Flexible15m

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Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

Sentence Translation: Word Order, Division, and Combination

This module discusses the techniques often used in the translation of sentences: keeping/changing the original word order and dividing/combining sentences....
Reading
4 videos (Total 48 min), 4 quizzes
Video4 videos
Keeping the Word Order10m
Dividing a Sentence12m
Combining Sentences10m
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Top Reviews

By JFMay 16th 2018

I enjoyed these lectures, plus the teacher, she is so intelligent with a lot of exp.

Instructor

Yuan Yao

Associate Professor

About Nanjing University

Nanjing University (NJU) is committed to excellence in teaching and research. Located on the prosperous eastern coast of China, NJU provides a dynamic environment that nurtures learning, creativity, and discovery on one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. Taking NJU's university offerings on Coursera will be a rewarding experience for learners from every corner of the world....

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