Collective understanding of ASHRAE thermal sensation phrases among Arab students

Hanan Al-Khatri, Mohamed B. Gadi

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Despite their widely spread application, thermal scales' behaviour is not always well understood, especially between non-native English subjects. Examining some translations implemented in recent Arabic studies revealed differences from the international Arabic version. This version, itself, is questioned as its formation and the dialect it considers are not obvious. Moreover, positive impressions were possibly associated with phrases outside the widely accepted range of comfort in the investigated translations. In this regard, two short questionnaires were distributed among Omani high school students to explore their collective understanding of ASHRAE thermal sensation phrases. In the first, the students were requested to translate the phrases into Arabic, order them, and identify (thermal comfort). The second was a multiple-choice questionnaire which questions were derived from the answers of the first. Analysing results revealed a variety in the translated phrases that ranged from 7 to 44, which may be related to the Arabic language features. Besides, there was a weak agreement between the students' translations and the internationally accepted version. Phrases like (slightly cool) and (slightly warm) were not clear for most students. Further research is recommended to explore the impact of using phrases like (cool and not acceptable) and (warm and not acceptable).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 10th Windsor Conference
Subtitle of host publicationRethinking Comfort
EditorsFergus Nicol, Susan Roaf, Luisa Brotas, Michael A. Humphreys
PublisherNCEUB 2018
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780992895785
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event10th International Windsor Conference 2018: Rethinking Comfort - Windsor, United Kingdom
Duration: Apr 12 2018Apr 15 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of 10th Windsor Conference: Rethinking Comfort


Conference10th International Windsor Conference 2018: Rethinking Comfort
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Arabic language
  • Oman
  • Students
  • Thermal scale
  • Translation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)

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