‘The Comparison of the Translation Ability of Students of Translation Studies and Those of Medical Science in Translating Medical Collocations’ by Forouzan Dehbashi Sharif & Atefeh Banifatemi

Abstract: This article reports a comparison between translation ability of the students of the translation studies and the students of medical science in translating medical collocations from English into Persian and vice versa. So, after holding a general English test as a pretest, among the 120 participants, the researcher chose 80 Iranian undergraduates whose general English knowledge were almost the same and divided them into two groups both studying in the 8th semester in the field of translation and in the field of medicine. Then to measure their collocational knowledge and translation competence of the participants, a researcher made translation test was administered, the results demonstrated that there was a significant difference between the ability of these two groups of students in translating medical texts which almost contains a lot of medical collocations. The obtained results of this research showed that BA students of English translation studies in spite of passing almost all of the predicted translation courses showed less ability in presenting appropriate translation of textual medical collocation than the students of medicine at almost the same level of general English knowledge and academic level with no translation background knowledge.

Index Terms: Collocational Competence, Medical Collocation, Translation Ability.

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