Punchline as reward: How to use humour in teaching translation
Witty texts used in language classes offer many advantages: not only are they entertaining but jokes may also lessen students’ anxiety. This paper looks at the use of humour in teaching translation – a skill that involves the mastery of the linguistic form in both source and target language and competence in two cultures. In such context, “getting” the joke is in itself an immediate reward signaling that the translator was able to comprehend the intentions of the original text. Finding an appropriate translation technique is a second step, one that depends on the type of the humour used in the original, the type of the text being translated and the importance of either keeping the translation funny or rendering the original word for word.
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