Determining English equivalents for words or phrases in other languages.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

10
votes
6answers
791 views

Opposite of suffix “less”

I'm looking for a suffix that has the opposite meaning of the suffix "less" as in "stainless". That is, a suffix that means "not free of ...". In German, for example, there is the adverb "behaftet" ...
-1
votes
1answer
23 views

Meaning of goat-footed nature gods play in the fields and woods

There,shepherds play their pipes and sigh with longing for flirtatious nymphs and goat-footed nature gods play in the fields and woods. How can I understand this sentence? And does "play pipes" mean ...
0
votes
1answer
61 views

Why do people use the word “or” when offering a translation?

I have encountered many times speakers & authors who use the word "or" in the process of translating. Here is an example I ran across tonight: Could you keep a different kind of fast such as a ...
2
votes
6answers
81 views

Need a word to represent the opposite of busy

Today I came across the Japanese word which conveys the meaning of having a lot of free time, and is the opposite of busy. The closest word which I can think of is idle, but that word seems to mean ...
0
votes
3answers
176 views

What is the difference between translation and transliteration

It's always intrigued me what the difference is between these two terms. I can guess that translation is a contextual translation whereby the original foreign text is maintained with any language ...
3
votes
2answers
57 views

Tasks for tutorial class sessions, not at home

Writing worksheets for students at university, I'd like to distinguish tasks intended to be solved in tutorial classes from tasks intended as homework. What would be the appropriate term to refer to ...
0
votes
0answers
28 views

Translating a sentense from Swahili to English [duplicate]

So there's this sentence that people have been sharing on facebook that's in Swahili and requires a direct word to word translation to English. Superficially it seems like an easy translation but once ...
1
vote
2answers
98 views

The opposite of close set (eyes)

What's the opposite of close set eyes? wide set eyes? far set eyes? :D I heard this in the TV show Grimm. I got curious what would be the opposite
2
votes
2answers
76 views

What's the English equivalent to the German “Manufaktur”?

I'm looking for the English equivalent to the German word Manufaktur. Basically, a Manufaktur is just a factory, but in German it is assigned with "premium" and "hand-made". The term comes up as a ...
3
votes
2answers
259 views

What word or phrase expresses briefly detaining a suspect on the street and then letting him/her go?

Today, a Dutch paper published a little research triggered by a politician outing the English phrase (abbreviated) "65 percent of them have been detained by the police at least once." I think, and ...
19
votes
33answers
4k views

What's the English equivalent of “Drilling one's head”?

In Arabic (Specifically, north-western Levantine), there's a saying that goes like He drilled my head about/with that lunch meeting (بخشلي راسي باجتماع الغدا) Which means something along the ...
0
votes
3answers
120 views

In English can you say something like: To feel addressed?

I am puzzling how to translate an expression in Dutch to English. There is a way of saying something in German and Dutch that is literally translated to: Do you feel (as) spoken to? For example you ...
4
votes
5answers
286 views

What is the proper English term for polycopié (de cours)?

In French, several universities use polycopiés instead of course books for teaching. The term polycopié can be translated as handout. Is it correct to use it in this case, in which a polycopié ...
13
votes
8answers
1k views

Are there sentences in languages which use grammatical gender that lose meaning when translated into English?

English nouns which don't denote people or animals with natural gender do not (apart from a few rare examples) use grammatical gender. So for example, "table" is always an "it" in English, whereas it ...
1
vote
3answers
97 views

What does “in charge look” in this sentence mean?

A guy sent me this: I love your in charge look lol guys should bow to you. I really don't get what he means especially that "in charge look " part, as English isn't my native language. Thanks in ...
-1
votes
1answer
39 views

Does the “defense sickle” exist in english football/soccer language?

In German football vocabulary, there exists a so called Abwehrsichel during defensive play. The meaning can best be seen at this youtube video at the 09 second mark: ...
0
votes
1answer
30 views

Is this sentence correct?

I am creating an app for Android in my locale language (French) and in English. It will display when the next buses or trams will be coming in real time. I would like to know if this sentence is ...
4
votes
2answers
113 views

Translating Gerunds from Spanish to English (verb+ing)

In Spanish, the gerund form (-ando, -endo) is frequently used adverbially to modify and describe the verb: El alma es dichosa dando y sirviendo. El niño anda bailando. El artista vive provocando ...
0
votes
1answer
35 views

What is the translation for French expression “fiche produit”

In production sector we talk about "fiche produit" to designate the document defining a product. I would like to know what the English translation for that is.
18
votes
2answers
405 views

When did we stop translating proper names?

It used to be that one would just translate a proper name that was in another language into English when referring to that entity. For example, William the Conqueror, Christopher Columbus, King ...
2
votes
0answers
73 views

What does “electrical typical” mean? [closed]

I stumbled upon the following text: Motor starting circuits In the table above is mentioned which electrical typical has to be used for the motor starting circuits. The attached electrical ...
2
votes
2answers
356 views

Why does the word 'peasant' have such a negative meaning in English?

In French the word *paysan (fem. paysanne) translates to English as 'farmer', as well as 'peasant'. (Collins). It is by no means demeaning in many European countries (including France) to refer to ...
0
votes
2answers
42 views

Translating irresponsibility

"I had forgotten" can be translated in two different ways in both Spanish and French. One could say: "J’avais oublié" "Había olvidado" Or — and this is the point I am getting at — you could use a ...
0
votes
1answer
107 views

Is there a word for false false friends?

How would you call a translation which resembles a false friend, but is acutally correct? A false friend resembling translation here is one where the target-language word or phrase: is not ...
3
votes
1answer
467 views

American English equivalent of “revise” (as in studying)

Today, I discovered that the meaning of revise to do with studying is used in British, Australian and New Zealand English, rather than American English: (UK, Australia, New Zealand) To look over ...
25
votes
16answers
5k views

Term describing the practice of anticipating dangers while driving

When one is driving a car (or any other vehicle for that matter) there is a German term that describes the practice trying to predict situations that might occur. When attempting to translate it I can ...
15
votes
19answers
5k views

Single word for a very small amount of time [closed]

In French, if I want to quantify a very small amount of time (but not fixed: it can be 5 ms or 0.1 ms) I can use a pouième. Is there an equivalent in English? I'm not looking for an expression but ...
2
votes
1answer
197 views

“Imitation jewelry” or “costume jewelry”

I've looked up the translation of the word bisutería in Spanish and it translated to imitation jewelry or costume jewelry. Which of the two is mostly used in British English?
1
vote
4answers
938 views

'Horeca', is it English? Alternatives?

In Dutch there's a quite commonly used word that denotes the commercial sector around selling food and beverages for immediate (or near-immediate, e.g. take-out meals) consumption: horeca. (This ...
2
votes
1answer
101 views

Are there any rules I can follow to make my own derived adjectives from a noun in English? E.g. xenogamy to xenogamic

I'm currently looking through dictionaries (both online and "offline") for an adjective of the word xenogamy. Basically I want to translate the Dutch phrase "De kruibestuivende onderneming". What I ...
4
votes
4answers
877 views

The meaning of “blue canoe” - lyrics of “Where to Now, St. Peter” sung by Elton John

In his song Where to Now, St. Peter, sir Elton John sings: I took myself a blue canoe, And I floated like a leaf Dazzling, dancing half enchanted In my Merlin sleep Crazy was the ...
2
votes
1answer
156 views

What is English equivalent to this Russian saying?

Background: Russians use this saying to describe extreme heat conditions in "Banya" when it is becoming almost unbearable. Russian Мои уши в трубочку сворачиваются? English literal translation My ...
1
vote
1answer
57 views

“Account currency” translation [closed]

I'm not a native English speaker and I'd like to translate the following sentence: "Here you can see your Account Terms including the freight and payment terms, minimum order value, and account ...
5
votes
4answers
667 views

Is there an English equivalent for the Swedish expression “the droplet that caused the beaker to overflow”?

In Swedish, the expression "det var droppen som fick bägaren att rinna över", directly translated to "the droplet that caused the beaker to overflow", is used to express that enough is enough. Is ...
6
votes
3answers
937 views

What do you call the green slippery thing formed, due to standing in water?

I can only think of "algae" or preferably "green algae", these are in the context of science. But is there any other general word in English used for this green slippery thing? In Hindi we say, ...
0
votes
1answer
184 views

I was able to re-introduce the process that had not been done anymore. Past perfect?

I am not sure whether or not there should be past simple or past perfect: I was able to re-introduce the procedure that had not been being followed anymore. I was able to re-introduce the ...
10
votes
4answers
1k views

Is there an idiom that conveys the meaning of the French “mi figue mi raisin”?

The French idiom “mi figue, mi raisin” (literally: “half fig, half grape”) refers to someone or something that is neither entirely good, nor entirely bad. I guess the meaning of the expression can be ...
2
votes
1answer
114 views

Are sentences starting with “that” (conjunction) standard English

In Dutch one could say things such as Dat hij dat durft! That he that dares! (An exclamation of astonishment) Which would be roughly translated as: that he dares to do that. Is that initial that ...
0
votes
1answer
54 views

Need a quick translation [closed]

What is the meaning of this sentence: What is the Need you are going after? **Edit** here is the context 1) PowerPoint presentation Intro (4 – 5 slides) a) What is the Need ...
0
votes
1answer
142 views

I find that this monologue is very hard to understand [closed]

This is monologue from Caddyshack movie, which's become pretty famous internet mem. And some points of his speech are hard for understanding for me. So I jump ship in Hong Kong and make my way ...
0
votes
1answer
82 views

How to use 'persevere'?

I need to translate a sentence and I cannot figure out a good way to do so. Can I use the word 'persevere' like this, or are there better ways? Vincas consistently deepens his knowledge, he is not ...
3
votes
1answer
516 views

“Trust arrives walking and departs riding.”

That is the translation (provided by Wikiquote) of the Dutch proverb "Vertrouwen komt te voet en vertrekt te paard." I don't like this translation very much for conversational use. It doesn't "feel" ...
126
votes
15answers
15k views

Do most languages need more space than English?

I saw the following statement on User Experience: Supporting multiple languages can break the user interface, because most languages need more space than english This seems to be a gross ...
1
vote
3answers
264 views

Can you begin a sentence with an emotion?

Is it incorrect to begin a sentence with an emotion? For example: "Afraid and alone, he no longer wished to continue on." I'm translating some work from a foreign language into English, but I ...
0
votes
1answer
48 views

Can I use the term “project platform”?

I'm currently creating a web application for specialized projects. They can be added, edited, graded, published in a database etc. We were looking for a name for this app and thought that "Project ...
1
vote
2answers
178 views

Converting a sentence to passive with “would”

I know how passive voice is created in general: He is rich => He is said to be rich. People say that he's not able to win => He's said not to be able to win. There is a sentence: He ...
0
votes
2answers
82 views

Apply to a university to study/for studying..?

I'm writing my CV and do not know how to correctly say that: * After I graduated from X (//X is a high school), I applied to a university to study chemistry and also computer systems. * I'm ...
2
votes
2answers
173 views

Is there a better term than “technology”?

I already started quite a fruitful discussion about the term methodology over here, but today's topic is the term technology. Whenever words end in -logy, my brain links them to the field of ...
2
votes
6answers
3k views

Is there an equivalent of the spanish “que hueva” slang expression in English to denote that you feel lazy about doing something?

In Spanish slang, particularly in the west, the expressions "que hueva" or "me da hueva" are used, respectively, to convey that you are lazy about doing something. The context might be as follows: A: ...
0
votes
1answer
56 views

What does “enrollment” mean here? [closed]

I have a sentence to translate: The school shall notify parents in writing at the beginning of each school year, and upon any enrollment during the school year, of the obligation to ensure all ...