The Challenges the Translation of Metaphors Pose and the Ways in Which Translators Can Overcome Them


  • Kamal Hassan Omar College of Art, Department of Arabic, University of Zakho, Duhok Kurdistan-Iraq





Metaphors and their impact within languages have been a topic of wide discussion between scholars. This research paper focuses on their translatability as well as the challenges that they pose to translators. Metaphors can become a problem during translation, since they are inherently tied to the culture of its source language, making them potentially meaningless in another. There are a number of different ways in which metaphors can be translated, such as;

The literal translation of a metaphor, thus creating an identical metaphor, termed direct translation. Substitution, which is the translation of a metaphor into an altered metaphor by replacing the image present in the source language to that of a metaphor that has the same or a close sense in the target language, therefore taking into consideration the culture of the target language. Paraphrasing, which is the translation of the sense of the metaphor, or restating a metaphor during the process of translation.


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Omar, K. H. (2021). The Challenges the Translation of Metaphors Pose and the Ways in Which Translators Can Overcome Them. Academic Journal of Nawroz University, 10(3), 286–295.