Determining English equivalents for words or phrases in other languages (that is, translation into English)

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What is the English equivalent to the Japanese word 学者バカ, “Scholar’s fool”?

I’m interested in the words “instant omniscience,” which Calvin Trillin, a former editor for Time magazine, used in a New Yorker magazine article (March 20) entitled "Time Edit": “There were some ...
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She didn't even had me/has me/have me

I'm trying to translate a sentence out of a book, and the author is talking about the past and I'm not sure which one is correct, the sentence goes like this: She was so alone, I was the only one she ...
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English equivalent of “amae” (甘え) - the feeling of pleasurable dependence on another person

Amae is simply defined as the feeling of pleasurable dependence on another person but there is more to it. I'm including an example sentence for the sake of showing how the word can be used but this ...
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A different translation of a quotation by Mevlânâ Rûmî

Recently I am searching the English translation of the quotation Ne kadar bilirsen bil, söylediklerin karşındakinin anlayabileceği kadardır. which is written in Turkish. The quotation belongs to ...
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Term of Art Designation for a Tightrope Walker's Balancing Pole

One hot and humid summer day--7 August 1974, to be precise--my father, in a tone of unusual excitation, bellowed for me to join him in our living room where he directed my attention to the television ...
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“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" ...
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Are these two meanings of “phenomenal” related?

I had seen the word phenomenal translated into Chinese words with an equivalent meaning "of phenomenon" in more and more text especially regarding sports. For example, LeBron James had a ...
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Dutch 'visioneren' in English?

In Belgium, "visioneren" is the Dutch word for the process of "approving video material before usage in broadcast". This is done by the director, or someone else working for television/the movies, to ...
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meaning of “mask out” in screen printing

I'm having a hard time translating a passage about screen printing. For screen prints, mesh (originally silk) is stretched tautly across a frame. An image is glued or otherwise affixed onto the ...
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What does the expression “so we can short it” means?

I was browsing the internet and found the following discussion Their rules are remarkably lax. I would fire the shit out of anyone who wrote a 60 line function, without any hesitation (barring ...
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Is 'I f*cked the dog' an actual idiom and are there alternatives

I am a non-native speaker from Germany. In German there's one idiom that goes: Sich die Eier schaukeln Literally translated, this means "to rock the eggs", where "the eggs" are testicles. This ...
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Link available in two languages: “and” or “or” between the languages?

I'm translating a Belgian press release from French into English. In the article, there is a link to a Belgian website. The link is not in English, so obviously no use to a monolingual reader of ...
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“to take someone to task” does not mean to make someone do something?

I just looked up the translation of the German expression jemanden zur Rede stellen. The one translation for that expression I found was to take someone to task. I use the German expression to ...
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Verb meaning “Verbally correct”? [Translating “Regañar” from spanish]

Talking with my spanish colleagues one used the word Regañar and explained that it means 'tell someone what they are doing wrong', like telling a child to correct their behavior. Can anyone think of ...
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Translation of a German word: “Gutmensch”

The word "Gutmensch" consists of gut = good Mensch = human Sounds like a compliment but actually the word is very insulting. It describes someone who (for example) is not able to take ...
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Meaning of code outlining in the context of programming

Currently I'm translating a book regarding programming. In one section the developement environment LiteIDE and it's features are mentioned. One of them is code outlining. Since I can't find any ...
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Does the following count as “spelling”?

Li-Mei Lin. Lin as in forest, and Li-Mei as in beautiful, but with the characters reversed. Chinese names (and the language in general) is made of characters. So, in order to explain it to ...
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How to translate the modern use of dutch term 'strippenkaart' [duplicate]

Originally, in the Netherlands, a 'strippenkaart' (literally 'stripescard') was a paper card with stripes one could use to travel. Each stripe was equivalent to a certain distance. If you wanted to ...
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Pessimism idiom - opposite of rose-tinted glasses?

In Hebrew, we say "pink glasses" to mean optimistic observation, and "black glasses" for pessimism. I was trying to figure out how popular the literal translations are in English. I found "rose-tinted ...
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Is there a single-word English alternative to “Bravo” [closed]

"Bravo!" Is an exclamation of appreciation with Italian origins (I believe) Is there an English single word with the same meaning? We have phrases with the same intent, such as "Nicely done", "Well ...
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A word or succinct description for a compromised media/news outlet

One which is influenced and steered by pressures from a government which itself is corrupt. Doesn't sound too unfamiliar today, does it? Anyway, it is to help me translate a German word "die ...
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How to specify a date or version to indicate that the situation might be different in the future

(I have huge difficulties expressing this without an example, feel free to edit everything) I have information that refers to the current version of a software. It might be irrelevant to users of ...
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What is the meaning of “the dogs live in clover”?

I was reading an issue of Atlantic Monthly from 1919 and encountered the following paragraph: There is no further context, as these are (according to the article) translated conversations and ...
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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 ...
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English equivalent of tsundere

I wonder if anyone has an approximation for the Japanese “tsundere”? Tsundere (ツンデレ, pronounced [tsɯndeɽe]) is a Japanese character development process that describes a person who is initially ...
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a very strange sentence. please help to understand [duplicate]

There is a book by Galina Demykina "The lost girl and the scallywags" (a Russian one, translated into English, 1977) and there is a very strange sentence: "Zoya saw nothing save thick, ever so thick ...
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What does “nothing that” mean? [closed]

I read this article- Greeks take to the streets for dueling rallies that reflect a divided nation in Washington post. And I'm confused about what the "nothing that" means in this part : The ...
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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 ...
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Meaning of word “nicy” [closed]

Can you explain me the meaning of word "nicy"? I'm newbie in english, and I've already tried google translate, but I'm not sure. Maybe there is some informal forms, or other ways of using this word.
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“He cooked me a soup with a lot of hot oil”

I'm looking for an English equivalent to a Persian expression which means this person got me in a lot of trouble. Literally translated, the expression is this person cooked a soup for me that had too ...
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Measurements without a dimension (raw number)

I'm translating some documents to English which deal with some measurements. Most of the measurements have a unit dimension (length is in meters, weight is in kilograms, etc) but some of them do not ...
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How to translate “other than” and “rather” in a sentence?

I have trouble with some of English phrases, such as other than and rather. I am not sure about the meaning of them. There are two sentences which include these phrases: 1- anything ending in a ...
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Translating the feeling and heritage of “Portugalidade” to proper English term

When translating from Portuguese to English the word "Portugalidade" (ancient "Portucalidade"), that means basically "being Portuguese" or "Portugueseness", in a socio-scientific paper setting, how ...
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English equivalent of two popular Chinese slangs: 学霸 (academic overlord) and 学婊 (academic bitch)

In popular Chinese language, especially in Internet Chinese language, we use the word "学霸" (literally meaning "academic overlord") to refer to someone who does very well in his/her study and who ...
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BBC, Playtime: Summer clothes, don't understand certain parts from audio program [closed]

The radio program is here: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio/playtime/playtime_20150602-0900a.mp3 I don't get the words in (...) included or doesn't understand the meaning. If anyone could ...
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English equivalent of komorebi (木漏れ日) — “sunshine filtering through leaves”

Is there an English equivalent of komorebi (木漏れ日), which means the sunshine filtering through the leaves of a tree (or trees)? It is made up of three kanji and the hiragana particle れ. The first ...
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Rules for Gibberish When the Infix Starts with a Consonant [closed]

The Wikipedia article, Gibberish (language game), provides some rules for inserting various infixes into english words. For example, if the infix is "idig" then the following words are translated as ...
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What would you call a word that doesn't exist in or translate well into another language?

I've run into this situation several times, being a native Spanish speaker. There are some words you just can't translate into another language. Is there a particular word to describe this? I'm not ...
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Difference between “purpose” and “goal”

What does this sentence from Star Trek: The Alternative Factor mean? Jim, madness has no purpose ... or reason ... but it may have a goal. As far as I know purpose and goal are synonyms. How ...
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What is the editing term for a section of text in a translation which was already in the target language and therefore has not been translated?

I'm wondering if a Latin or special editing term exists for texts which was already in the target language in the original, and therefore has just been copied over onto the translation. The ...
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BBC, Playtime: Summer fair, don't understand certain parts from audio program

The radio program is here: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio/playtime/playtime_20150512-0900a.mp3 Don't understand the following fragments: 00:40 – There are lots of brightly … … 01:30 ...
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French (and, hey, others too) equivalent of “anglicize”

Is there a preferred word that means "to change (a word) to sound (or otherwise appear) as if it came from French"? I've found both "Frenchize" and "Francize" with a web search. If the latter is ...
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Captain America said “if you get killed, walk it off!” How to understand “walk it off”?

The Avengers 2 just hit China yesterday. The official translation of the line "If you get killed, walk it off!" is "Someone is trying to kill you, run, run for your life" (This is the English version ...
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“When I think to”

Yesterday I saw in a poster ad the following phrase "When I think to Modena, I recall ...". Now, IMHO it should be "think of" or "think about"; sadly, it looks like a terrible Google translation of ...
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How do you say “question de cours” in English?

In French, une question de cours, is a question in a test for which you just need to know the content of your course. It is an easy question (usually) which does not require any reflection.
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How to translate 计算机及应用 into English?

What's the proper English translation for the degree name "计算机及应用"? Literally, 计算机=computer, 及=and, 应用=application. I think the name means computer and how to use computer in different scenarios. ...
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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 ...
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The meaning of “I never take it for granted”

I was recently translating a subtitle and I couldn't totally get the meaning of this sentence: Coffee is something I drink every day; But I never take it for granted. I'm not sure if she's ...
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What is the difference between translation and transliteration [closed]

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 ...