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Strategies for Translators and Interpreters in the World Englishes Era

Yangxue Zeng

Hubei Preschool Teachers' College, 432200, Hubei, China.

*Corresponding author: Yangxue Zeng

Published: 14 November 2022 How to cite this paper


Centuries ago, English was spoken by only a small group of people in Britain, which was less than seven million. In the mid 1990s, English was spoken in some countries as International language. More recently, it acquires the new name of lingua franca. Currently, there are approximately 75 countries and regions in which English is spoken as either the native or second language. According to Crystal (2006), there are 360 to 400 million native English speakers, 400 million people using English as a second language and 600 to 700 million people speaking English as a foreign language worldwide. English, as a lingua franca, is playing an important role in the world. Two thirds of works are published in English, 90 percent of research papers, three fourths of e-mails, 50 percent of radios, 75 percent of TV program are in English, and it is preferred language for international agreements and contracts. The growing popularity of English all over the world bring both opportunities and challenges to people, especially for those translation and interpreting professionals whose work is closely linked to language. Faced with challenges posed by different varieties of Englishes, translators and interpreters can adopt some strategies to better prepare themselves in world Englishes era.

KEYWORDS: Varieties, strategy, language, culture


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How to cite this paper

Yangxue Zeng. Strategies for Translators and Interpreters in the World Englishes Era. OAJRC Social Science, 2022, 3(3), 293-297.

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