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

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the man I forgive everything / of whom I forgive everything / whom I forgive everything

''I forgive X everything because of his obsolete smile.'' Now, this is an aphorism that I think holds the key to many responses regarding the acrimony of some authors, especially that of the ...
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How would you translate this line of Arabic poetry? [on hold]

لعمري ما ضاقت بلاد بأهلها ** لكن أخلاق الرجال تضيق This is a famous Arabic poetry line, that dates all the way back to the pre-Islamic times. It is still used today and heard in political strife and ...
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“Remember thou shalt die”: Shall/will

A common translation of the Latin hortative memento mori is "Remember thou shalt die." I am not interested in a discussion of the Latin, nor of what the expression actually means in English. I am ...
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A word for a joke so poorly told and so unfunny that one cannot help but laugh

There is a word for this in Indonesian language: jayus. (Maybe, it is used in Filipino and Malaysian language also.) It is a joke that is so bad, it's funny. It is often mentioned as ...
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Game localization books [closed]

I'm writing a thesis about game localization so I'm looking for informaiton about how to translate games into different languages. Can you suggest something to read?
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Are English language books translated to contemporary English? [closed]

Were Shakespeare books translated to contemporary English? Which version is more common? Is there a rule to choose which books will have its language updated? Are poems updated too? From which year I ...
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What does "V.S. NO.: Current“ mean in a birth record [on hold]

I am trying to translate a birth record of NJ into Chinese. There is something like this: V.S. No.: CURRENT I guess V.S. means Vital Statistics, but what does "CURRENT" mean? Since there is ...
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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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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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How to say that while performing your job duties you interact with other people in English only?

Odd question, but I just can't google anything on that matter. A friend of mine is writing a CV (she is not a native English speaker). In a CV she wants to say, that while she performs her job duties ...
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What's the English for “allappare”?

This is essentially a translation question and as such off-topic, but please bear with me for a moment. Allappare is an Italian verb that is used to refer to the astringent effect that you may ...
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Of the translations of the gambler

What follows is a few sentences from two existing translation of The Gambler by FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY. At first,I must say ,I don't want by any means to take PEVER and VOLOKHONSKY part. In my view ...
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Question/Matter of definition?

A "Definitionsfråga", as it is called in Swedish, is for instance if you talk about what's good and bad, you can remark that it depends on what you mean by good and bad. You could might as well remark ...
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English for “ayudante de cátedra”

I have to translate "ayudante de cátedra" from a Spanish document. This is a university job that a former good student of a course can take. The student's job is to answer questions from the current ...
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Word or expression for guys who slept with the same woman(prostitute)?

Embarrassingly, in Korean, there is a slang word for this kind of relationship between guys. Might be translated as, "the husband of my wife's sister but only by the hole" ? I don't know how can I ...
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Which terms work best for a translated interface?

This question relates to the best use of English terms for optimal translation to other languages. It may not fit well here, but I couldn't locate a more relevant StackExchange site. I've tried ...
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Translating a surname to English - a tough one

Hello Ladies and Gents! This has been bothering me for the last couple of years. When I was 16-17y old I had a problem with explaining my US/UK friends how to pronounce my surname - "Wieczorek". ...
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Is “the” changing a meaning of the sentence

In the following sentence (from here) Unlike other carmakers who have offered fuel-cell electric vehicles, or FCEVs, as lease-only propositions, Toyota is first to put a price on such a car, at ...
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How can you say when a student receives “a note”?

In italian schools when a student misbehaves a teacher can write "a note" in his register to report his behaviour. Is there anything like that in English? What expression do they use in English or ...
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English word for “monnaie” in the context of money creation

The actual quote is: Un débat sur la monnaie n'a pas encore eu lieu. Il aiderait pourtant à clarifier les choses, plutôt que d'attendre la prochaine crise. Current translation is: A debate ...
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What is the accurate English translation/meaning of the phrase “In nocte consilium”, the motto of Birkbeck College in London?

Not sure if this is the appropriate place to pose this question, but apparently we don't have a Latin Stackexchange... The motto of Birkbeck College in London is "In nocte consilium". However I have ...
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'one's chest has straitened, yet he doth not utter'

This is a rough translation of a line in Arabic poetry and I can't seem to find a good equivalent to it. 'Ones chest/bosom has straitened/has narrowed so much/distressed/heavied (no more room in his ...
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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: ...
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Is there an idiom like the Russian's “Untilled field”?

"Непаханое поле" - a [big] amount of undone work. Updated example: a kid is leisurely watching TV while there a lot of undone homework (which he hasn't even started). Note: the example below is ...
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What can I translate the word “argument” in this passage? What does it mean?

The brain is an argument. We make different decisions in different ways. In addition, different parts of the brain respond to stimuli in different time frames. Think of two teams of lawyers doing ...
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What's a less-artificial-sounding word for “up-to-date” and “up-to-date-ness”?

I'm describing a software design in a proposal document of mine, and I want to express my intention of the design being up-to-date, taking into consideration existing publications and available ...
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Adjective of having multiple “arms” in technical/engineering context

Imagine an object, which has multiple 'slots', which are used to connect that object with other objects. Except that these are not inward pointing slots but the counter parts called 'tangs' (according ...
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A universal term for “educación básica y media”

I'm writing my curriculum vitae in english, but attended school in Chile. In our education system we have "educación básica y media". Those are the first twelve years of formal education before the ...
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How to avoid many “of”s in one sentence?

I am not a native English speaker and frequently face a problem (especially in my research) of avoiding many "of"s in my sentence. Here are some examples: Optimization of control of guaranteed ...
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Negative version of “high spirit”

I am looking for a certain noun similar to "High spirits". It carries two pieces of information: The regarded person is in a very happy state, acts this way and knows no danger. It indicates that ...
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How do I translate “Actualmente estoy cursando tercer año”? [closed]

I am writing my resume and would like to say that I didn't finished my studies yet. So I would like to say which year is my current (I don't know if this phrase is even right). In Spanish I would say ...
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Translation for fer nuzhied

I just amused myself looking over a list of English words taken from Yiddish (Wikipedia). I found a note that a British translation company found "shlimazl" to be one of the 10 most difficult words ...
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Is there a similar English phrase for this Tamil proverb - “Lavish outside home yet starving inside of it”?

In Tamil, a south Indian language, there is a saying which roughly translates into English as: Lavish outside home, starving inside of it. Background : This proverb has a mocking tone and ...
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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 ...
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Heel of Italy in Wikipedia? [closed]

Who can describe it for me? what does mean Heel and relation to italy? the region situated on the "heel" of Italy.
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World Remained Those of Combination?

I read one book, anyone could describe the concept meaning by following sentence: "In the sixth century, at the very close of the classical period, the great libraries of the Mediterranean world ...
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Logithèque - Translation

I would like to translate the French term Logithèque in English. This word is used in the context of a collection of software like the Android Store or Apple Store. But those are not to be paid for. ...
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Translating ad in English

Some time ago, there was a famous advetising line in Italy: "Two is meglio che One". By mixing three English words that everybody knows (one, two, is) with an Italian phrase ( "meglio che" = "better ...
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Is there an online site or API that provides definitive, uncensored translations of internet slang words?

I am a computer scientist studying on sentiment analysis. I need to retrieve uncensored translations of internet slang words such as wtf, lmfao. There are some websites that provide translations for ...
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Does have “well drunk” mean “to be drunk”?

Does have well drunk mean a guy who is alcoholically intoxicated? And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: ...
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Operating System Concept, A Translation is need? [closed]

Who can translate the following sentence in a simple manner? Between garbage collections free space will build up, which cannot be reclaimed until the next time the garbage collector runs. This ...
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Expression for internal struggle

In German language, there is the beautiful expression "seinen inneren Schweinehund überwinden", which amounts to "to overcome one's inner pig-dog", and vividly describes the feeling of surpassing the ...
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What is the English equivalent of the Persian word “Saghi” (ساقی)?

About the word: In Persian, Saghi is someone who pours wine and hands it. In Iran, when friends gather to drink wine together, they sit around and one of them (with a rather higher social status ...
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“Fanning (hot) air off the soul”

Fanning (hot) air off the soul is an approximate translation to the Arabic idiom الترويح عن النفس. It means to do something recreational to relax and change your mood. Are there any similar idioms ...
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How to say “libro parlato” in English

In Italian a "libro parlato" is an ordinary book which has been recorded with a person's real voice (thus giving the book a pleasant "mood" listening experience which cannot currently be achieved ...
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What are different types of translations called?

When translating poetry (possibly song lyrics) with a meter and sometimes literary devices such as rhymes or acrostics, I can ask which of the following translation types are requested: A ...
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Is there an English equivalent to the Indian proverb-“If you have the ability, even grass can be your weapon”?

The original Indian saying (in Tamil) is வல்லவனுக்கு புல்லும் ஆயுதம் (Vallavanuku Pullum Aayudham) Translation : For the capable, even grass can be a weapon Meaning: If you have the ability and ...
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English Idiom 'cut the apple in half'

There is a French idiom, which translated word-for-word is Let's cut the apple in two It means both parties will benefit from 50% of the requested initial negotiated deal. Can this idiom be ...
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The meaning of the following lines?

I encountered the following sentence when reading the book "Algebra for young mind": For others, however, mathematics is a daunting subject, whether it takes the form of equations on a whiteboard or ...
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The meaning of “blue canoe” in the 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 ...