Dictionary Usage in the Training of Hispanic Translators in EFL settings


  • Guillermo Cortés Universidad de Antioquia




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This article shows the strengths and weaknesses of the usage of the English monolingual dictionary for training translators in Colombian settings where English is spoken as a foreign language. If not properly guided by teachers and trainers the use of the dictionary may lead students to make unfaifthful and word for word translations at the beginner's stage. It is the teacher's responsibility to help learners find the best way to exploit one of the translators tools.

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Cortés, G. (1999). Dictionary Usage in the Training of Hispanic Translators in EFL settings. Íkala. 4 (1-2), pp. 87 – 99 


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Author Biography

Guillermo Cortés, Universidad de Antioquia

Guillermo Cortés holds a DA in Languages (English-Spanish) and a graduate degree as Specialist in Translation from the University of Antioquia. He works as a full time English - Spanish Translation teacher at the Faculty of Education at the University of Tolima.


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How to Cite

Cortés, G. (1999). Dictionary Usage in the Training of Hispanic Translators in EFL settings. Íkala, Revista De Lenguaje Y Cultura, 4(1), 87–99. https://doi.org/10.17533/udea.ikala.8029




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