Words and Meanings of Love in Arabic and English with Reference to Translation


  • Marwan M. Hussein Department of Translation, College of Arts, University of Mosul, Mosul, Iraq
  • Safwan I. Thannoon Department of Translation, College of Arts, University of Mosul, Mosul, Iraq




Words, Means, Translation.


The research is an attempt to shed light on words of love in both Arabic and English for the sake of showing the main differences and similarities between both languages and ways of thinking by the speakers of both cultures.

Each word carries a positive and/or negative sense which may be covered by the so-called word nuances. Arabic words are unique in their denotation with different connotations. Therefore, it is difficult to say that a word can stand for another one because Arabic words of love, as the study reveals, are to varying degrees highly emotional and meaningful. English words of love, on the other hand, are clear and forward, frequently associated with sex in modern English. For this reason, they are elaborated on separately as a threshold to discuss the main problems emerging in translating some of them particularly, from Arabic into English. It is found that there is no one-to-one correspondence, except for few of them, between the Arabic words and their English counterparts.

The research indicates that the translation of words of love is highly stylistically and contextually bound. Hence, translating such words requires a well-versed and competent translator.

Finally, the research comes up with some conclusions that have been arrived at during this work.


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How to Cite

Hussein, M. M., & Thannoon, S. I. (2019). Words and Meanings of Love in Arabic and English with Reference to Translation. Academic Journal of Nawroz University, 8(4), 331–338. https://doi.org/10.25007/ajnu.v8n4a478