Literal translation

Literal translation, direct translation or word-for-word translation, is a translation of a text done by translating each word separately, without looking at how the words are used together in a phrase or sentence.[1]

In translation theory, another term for "literal translation" is metaphrase (as opposed to paraphrase for an analogous translation).

Literal translation leads to mistranslating of idioms, which is a serious problem for machine translation.[2]

  1. ^ "LITERAL | meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary". dictionary.cambridge.org. Retrieved 2019-09-21.
  2. ^ Hutchins, John (June 1995). ""The whisky was invisible", or Persistent myths of MT" (PDF). MT News International (11): 17–18. Archived from the original on 3 January 2021. Retrieved 16 February 2022.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)

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