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Zinan Ye
McCone Building M237
(831) 647-4160

Professor Zinan Ye has been teaching translation for more than three decades and is one of the prominent scholars in the field of English-Chinese translation. He has published numerous books and articles on translation, some of which are used as textbooks for translation courses in China. In addition, he has also been involved in training the trainer summer programs in China for more than 10 years and has extensive experience in teaching translation for translators who have already had years of practice.

Courses Taught

Courses offered in the past two years.

  • Current term
  • Upcoming term(s)

Builds on the theoretical and practical foundation laid in Introduction to Translation and introduces the translation of specialized subject matter. Depending upon the language program in which they are enrolled, students will be expected to acquire and demonstrate basic proficiency in the sight and written translation of either commercial and economic texts, legal texts, or scientific and technical texts. The amount of emphasis accorded to a particular topic will depend on the specific professional requirements of each language program. Course assignments will include readings, research, presentations, practice and graded exercises in sight translation, and practice and graded written translation assignments, including exercises in speed translation. Students will also be expected to take at least one midterm and one final exam. The frequency, nature, and structure of course assignments and examinations are largely at the discretion of the instructor(s) of record.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Translation or equivalent background.

Spring 2017 - MIIS, Spring 2018 - MIIS

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This is the first of two complementary courses designed to bring translation knowledge and skills up to the level that would be required of someone working in a professional translation environment. Students will be expected to apply the knowledge and skills acquired during the first-year translation courses to produce translations that meet high standards for content, form, and presentation. A great deal of attention is given to subject matter knowledge and research, precision in text analysis and writing, and the appropriate application of translation technology. Some programs emphasize scientific and technical topics in this course, but others give considerable attention to commercial, economic, legal, and political texts, many of which have a technical component. The frequency, nature, and structure of course assignments and examinations are at the discretion of the instructor(s) of record. Students will, however, be expected to take at least one midterm exam and one final exam.

Prerequisite: 2nd-year student in good standing or equivalent background.

Fall 2016 - MIIS, Fall 2017 - MIIS

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This course is the counterpart to Advanced Translation I. Students are expected to translate texts of considerable difficulty and complexity and to cope with the types of operational challenges that are likely to be encountered in professional translation settings, such as working in teams or coping with multiple technologies. Emphasis is on particular text categories and subject-matter knowledge that are pertinent to current market demand for the specific language combination and direction in which the course is being taught. The frequency, nature, and structure of course assignments are at the discretion of the instructor(s) of record, but will include projects that simulate, as closely as possible, the professional translation environment, as well as at least one midterm and one final exam.

Prerequisite: Advanced Translation I or similar background.

Spring 2017 - MIIS

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Introduces students to the basic theory and practice of translation, both written and sight. Students will learn to apply text analysis, text typology, and contrastive analysis of their working languages to identify, analyze, and resolve translation problems while independently developing an efficient and rational approach to the process of translation. The appropriate application of electronic translation tools will also be introduced. Fundamental translation theory will be emphasized at the beginning of the course and will be conveyed in the form of assigned readings, lectures, class discussions, and independent research. In addition, course assignments will include practice and graded exercises in sight and written translation, utilizing authentic texts drawn from an extensive variety of text categories that include, but are not limited to, current events, general political economy, general legal documents, and scientific and technical topics for general audiences. As the term progresses, student time and effort will increasingly be spent on the preparation and evaluation of written translation assignments. Students will be expected to take at least one midterm exam and one final exam, to be assigned at the discretion of the instructor(s) of record.

Fall 2016 - MIIS

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Areas of Interest

Professor Ye is extremely interested in applying translation theory in practice. In the recent years, he has expanded his interest to include cognitive metaphor and translation and has published a major academic book on this topic.

Academic Degrees

  • MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), University of the Pacific, California
  • BA in English Language and Literature with Emphasis on Translation, Hangzhou University, China

Professor Ye has been teaching at the Institute since 1996.


  • 高级英汉翻译理论与实践 (Advanced Course in English-Chinese Translation). 3rd ed. Beijing: Tsinghua UP, 2013, Ye, Zinan.
  • The Principles and Practices of English-Chinese Translation. Taipei: Bookman, 2013, Ye, Zinan.
  • 英汉翻译对话录 (Dialogue on English-Chinese Translation). Beijing: Peking  UP, 2003, Ye, Zinan.
  • 灵活与变通--英汉翻译: 案例讲评  (The Resourceful Muse: A Casebook in English-Chinese Translation). Beijing Shi: Wai wen chu ban she, 2011, Ye, Zinan.
  • Introduction to Chinese-English Translation. New York: Hippocrene, 2009. Taipei: Bookman, 2010, Ye, Zinan and Lynette Xiaojing Shi.
  • A Course in Cognitive Metaphor and Translation. Beijing: Peking UP, 2013. Taipei: Bookman (to be released 2014). Ye, Zinan.