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I translated a sentence from my native language Tamil to English using Google Translate and got this:

What qualifications do you have to talk about it?

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It would help if some context were given –  Irene Nov 14 '11 at 19:41
    
Think of a man who drinks all the time, not socially responsible, not taking care of the family. One day he yells at his friend for not being responsible. The friend gets angry and he asks this question in reply, like What qualifications do you have to talk about it? –  Vivek Nov 14 '11 at 20:00
    
What comes to mind is a saying, totally different from the sentence you tried to produce in English (which doesn't make sense in this context): "The pot is calling the kettle black", where the first man is the pot and his friend the kettle. –  Irene Nov 14 '11 at 20:29
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I guess something along the lines of "How do you consider yourself suitable to talk about it?" –  Irene Nov 14 '11 at 20:43
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or "Who gives you the right to judge?" –  shinynewbike Nov 15 '11 at 8:35
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I'm not sure I understand this sentence well since there's lack of further context, but a first thought is "Have you got the authority to talk about it?"

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Welcome to EL&U, Vivek. It would depend on the circumstances in which the question was being asked. Normally What qualifications do you have? would be enough, but in an interview, the interviewer might ask Could you tell us something about your qualifications, please?

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