Choice of Words in Translation: A Cross-Cultural Perspective



Our final Workplace English Development presentation was hosted by Dr. Lingli Xie, covering the topic of “Choice of Words in Translation: A Cross Cultural Perspective”. Using examples from SUSTech’s own email listserv, Lingli showed the confusion which arises when cultural context is not incorporated into word meaning.

Lingli also highlighted the double edged sword of using a Thesaurus, and how words that have the same meaning oftentimes don’t fit into the same context, using an example from the sitcom, “Friends”. While we want variety in our language usage, we must be careful to consider our choice of words when avoiding repeition.



Workshop-12 Nov(1) (PowerPoint)