Problematic issues in Translating Southern Bedouin Jordanian Arabic idioms into English


  • Mheel Malh AlSmaihyeen University of Jordan
  • Ibrahem Bani Abdo, Dr. University of Jordan



Translation, personal, Arabic idioms, Pragmatics level, stylistics, Semantics level


This study explores the problems facing English Language and Literature students at Al- Hussein Bin Talal University in translating Arabic language idioms used by Arabic Jordanian Bedouin speakers into English. This study is a qualitative research included 20 Jordanian senior level students of the English department at the University of Al- Hussein Bin Talal. A list of 14 Arabic Jordanian southern Bedouin idioms used in this study. The participants were asked to translate these 14 idioms. These 14 idioms were asked to be translated by the 20 participants. Then, their answers were collected and analyzed and categorized into different types of translations (lateral translation, meaning translation, irrelevant translation, no translation at all) according to  (Alousque 2009; Basalamah 2010; Bani Abdo 2016; Alkhuli 2009; Abbasi 2012; Newmark 1981; Meryem 2009; Al-Shawi 2012; and Yowelly and Lataiwish 2000):. The test was located at the University of Al- Hussein Bin Talal which is located at the southern part of Jordan.


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Author Biographies

Mheel Malh AlSmaihyeen, University of Jordan

University of Jordan
Faculty of Foreign Languages
English Language and Literature
Faculty of Languages and Communication, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin
Gong Badak Campus, 21300 Kuala Nerus, Terengganu, Malaysia

Ibrahem Bani Abdo, Dr., University of Jordan

Assistant Professor,

Faculty of Foreign Languages, English Language and Literature, University of Jordan


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How to Cite

AlSmaihyeen, M. M., & Abdo, I. B. (2018). Problematic issues in Translating Southern Bedouin Jordanian Arabic idioms into English. Journal of Social Sciences (COES&Amp;RJ-JSS), 7(4), 366–376.