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Determining English equivalents for words or phrases in other languages (that is, translation into English). We don't actually do translations: we can try and help you with your own translation. Please see the detailed tag info for guidance on what to ask.

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English idiom equivalent to the German Gretchenfrage “wie hast du's mit…?”

In German, a Gretchenfrage is: Compound of Gretchen (diminutive of the given name Margarete) and "Frage" "question". In reference to Goethe's "Faust" (published 1808), where the character of ...
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“Buchungsangebot mit Option” translation to English

I wonder whether I'm on the right Forum. I need the translation of the German concept "Buchungsangebot mit Option" into English. It's about hotel rooms reservation. I understand "Buchungsangebot mit ...
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Is there a common saying in English that means “It's just business, I don't feel any shame”

In Gujarati language there is a saying which literally means "no shame in business". It is used in a context where one has to do something unpleasant (or immoral) for the sake of their business (...
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Is “reverse success” a readily understood phrase to English readers?

I'm translating a Russian text about a writer who only got famous in his home country AFTER hitting the big time abroad. The author of the text calls his success at home a kind of "reverse success" in ...
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What expression can be used to say that you are willing to work abroad?

I am translating my resume from French to English and I would like to say that I would agree to (not want to but accept to, it is not required) work abroad. In French I just wrote "Mobilité ...
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Word for not being able to focus on one task

In Hebrew, my native language, we have a word describing the inability of one to focus on a certain task and instead thinking or doing one or many related/unrelated things. This word roughly ...
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What is the type of sound-based language conversion called?

Background I have been using the type of conversion for my Korean students when trying to get them to pronounce English words slightly more accurately. I don't transcribe the meaning of the words. I ...
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How to translate the Romanian word “decrețel”?

Romanian language has the term "decreţel" coined after the 1967 communist regime decree. The Wikipedia argues that the word means decree, but word morphology suggests the "a small thing born out of a ...
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Equivalent word for a particular taste in English

In my native language Tamil, arusuvai means six tastes namely Uvarppu(salty), inippu(sweet), kasappu(bitter), pulippu(sour), kaarppu(pungent e.g. chilli) and thuvarpu. I am looking for a word in ...
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Dismissive term for college diploma

In Portuguese, a college diploma is colloquially referred to as a “canudo”, literally a “tube”. This usage is typically semi-dismissive, for example if you want to imply a diploma — the actual piece ...
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Book translation

I found out that a great book by Ivan Shmelev "Солнце мертвых"(Solntse mertvih) was never translated to english. I'm trying to refer to it in my project. I'm confused with the translation of the name ...
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English equivalent of Greek “Έλα ντε;”

I kind of use this phrase a lot when speaking Greek, and sometimes I feel the need to say it when speaking English as well but cannot think of a good candidate, as a non native English speaker, I also ...
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Does English have a word that only means “to create a social bond”?

Is there a word in English that exclusively means something like "to create a social bond", and which can't also mean a physical linkage? I'm looking for something that can be used in a sentence like ...
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How do “despite” and “rather than” work with each other at here

I read an article from Wall Street Journal by chance this morning. There was a sentence in it, "When an agreement to protect the Dreamers is reached, it will be despite this president rather than with ...
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Repetition of “their”

I'm currently translating from French to English and can't decide how to translate a sentence without the repetition of their being weird. All around the world States are thinking about and are ...
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How to write name 'Jonas' to force /j/ sound?

In Poland and many European countries Jonas is a popular name, spelled slightly differently in each language (Jonasz, Jonàs, Jonáš, Joonas). In most of Europe and Africa it is pronounced with initial /...
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How to express the good in difference?

One of the local companies has a slogan that literally translates to We are all different... fortunately I sense that "fortunately we are all different" sounds better in English. However, it ...
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Open-ended concepts in Chinese usually be alluded by listing specific examples. Would native English speakers find it hard to grasp the connotation?

In Chinese and Vietnamese sometimes a word is made up by listing its examples. For example, "table-chair" means furniture, "month-year" means time, "land-water" means country, "spring-summer-fall-...
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What does the phrase “It's tough to be let down when you don't expect sh*t” mean? [closed]

Sorry for my language, but my student has just found this phrase somewhere and I'm not quite sure how to explain it.
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Which generic word to use in a table of responsibilities to describe “action, work”?

I have a table of responsibilities under a short project. I cannot quote the real table in Russian, so I composed a similar one: Would "execution" fit the purpose? Whereas in the line "Plan of ...
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Can anyone translate this text from the Wessex Gospels of 1175, please?

I would be grateful if someone could translate the following text as I am doing some research on Luke 1:35 and the various historical readings of the text in English : for þan þt halig þe of þe ...
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“an smyte hem in pecys” in English?

I was looking at a recipe for "Vele, kede, or henne in Bokenade" from a 15th century cookery book, but am confused by the words "smyte" and "pecys" in the following phrase: an smyte hem in pecys ...
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Someone who thinks he's very important, but isn't

I cannot find a good equivalent of the Russian "Watchman's syndrome" in English. It refers to someone who thinks he's very important, but isn't. For example, this guy has "Watchman's syndrome": This ...
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What do I call the operation of printing the expiry date and batch number on a drug vial label?

Этикетирование и маркировка флаконов осуществляется на этикетировочной машине. Номер серии и срок годности на этикетку наносят с помощью маркировочного узла машины этикетирования. My translation: ...
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An artificially sweetened drink

I have to differentiate drinks with sugar and drinks with non-nutritive sweeteners. It seems to me that a sweetened drink can refer to both, and that sweet drinks only contain sugar. Is there any ...
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One word for the “feeling one has after acquiring the habit of being flattered” (भाव खाना)

There is a teacher in our school who never approves something unless she is buttered up or flattered. I want to know if there is any word that describes the feeling one has after being flattered. I ...
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Correct translation of “Sweet baking” and “Salty baking”

I am website developer from the Czech Republic. I`ve got local website with recipes in czech language. I am going to make english version of my website but I am struggling with translation of two main ...
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How does this Chinese phrase translates back to English?

This had been news for a while now. We've had reports on TV and net blogs about inappropriate videos known as "儿童邪典" which translates literally to "children evil compendium". These videos depicts ...
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Translation for the spanish term “clave de sol mayor”

I'm looking for a translation of "clave de sol mayor" My attempts: G MAJOR SCALE and MAJOR SCALE BASED ON G
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what is a slang for “become a new person”

I'm looking for an expression or slang for "becoming a new person, forget the things you knew, restart fresh" or something near these. I'm doing a translation from Persian to English and the literal ...
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How to translate Portuguese demonyms containing gender?

I can say "Brazilian company" (empresa brasileira, in Portuguese) for a company in Brazil. If the company resides in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, in Portuguese we say "empresa mineira", or for ...
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Is the term/word “stamp” the same as “seal” when talking about invoices

I'm doing a translation about an invoice process from spanish to english and not quite sure how to translate "timbre" (in spanish) to english not sure if would it stamp/stamp number/seal Any help ...
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Equivalent to 'avec mention très bien' in English [closed]

In order to translate my resume to English, I found a problem in translating the expression "avec mention très bien" to English, I found some equivalents such as: with honors, using google ...
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What do I call a specialist who performs necropsy of a sacrificed animal during a clinical study?

I'm translating a text where a description of a clinical study is given in which animals are subjected to necropsy. One of the sentences goes like this: If they consider it necessary, the autopsist ...
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What is the English term for “assume the least dangerous body pose when falling”?

In Russian, there is the term сгруппироваться ("to group yourself together"), which means "fold your body, bend your legs and arms". This action is believed to be helpful when falling, since it helps ...
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Can I use “regulatory hurdles” instead of “administrative barriers”?

I'm translating a Russian news article in which the head of a Russian region says that the regional government will help a plant construction project - by reducing some "administrative barriers" (...
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Short for “common wishes that everybody says she has?”

A friend is looking for a translation of his album title to English. The title in Persian roughly means "slogan wishes" if split apart and translated word by word. The actual meaning is "wishes that ...
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“Untranslated” or “not translated” text?

"Untranslated" or "not translated" text? Is there any difference in usage? Does both sound equally natural to native speakers? Update: In the means of a software which is better when talking ...
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Sloppy English?

I just read a post by a non-native English teacher whose title reads like this: "Never is late: Nunca es tarde para aprender". Unfortunately, it frequently happens that a Spanish teacher makes ...
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What do we call these gates? A kind of vertical sectioned sliding gate/door

The document I'm translating, a warehouse specification, stipulates that the warehouse's acceptance-and-shipping room should have this kind of gate (door?) In Russian, it's called "подъемно-...
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How do I name a room in a logistics hub where some goods are being accepted for storage and some goods are subjected to the “sending” procedure?

How would one call a room in a warehouse where some goods are accepted for storage and some goods are "shipped away" to the customer? Would "room for the acceptance and shipment (shipping) of goods" ...
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A translation for the Bulgarian word “колбас”, less specific than “sausage”

In Bulgarian we have the word "колбас" (kolbas) which means roughly "cooked meat, almost always with additives, usually ground, usually wrapped in an intestine or in something else". English terms ...
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Is there an adjective that means “under development”? I need one for a document title

The title of a template document I'm translating is quite long and goes like this: Comparison of the formulations of the drug under development Trade name (INN), dosage form, strength, manufacturer,...
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Word for someone who studies to become a teacher

A friend of mine is currently writing her thesis in teaching methodology of mathematics. We are searching for an appropriate translation for the German word 'Lehramtsstudierender'. This is a person ...
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Is there an easier way to say “ an entire bar devoid of notes” in english

Is there an easier way to say " an entire bar devoid of notes" in english? I'm referring to music notation, when a bar has no notes and a whole rest must be used as a result. I want to know if there'...
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Draw a horizontal line in a form to indicate an absence of information - what phrase to use?

I'm translating a document template, to be filled out later for specific purposes. In one of the tables, the person who will fill out the document is instructed to either specify the pharmacopoeial ...
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Generic word for any kind of unit inside the company

I'm translating a document template, to be filled out later for specific purposes. It has a table in the beginning which indicates who exactly produced a particular document. In the first line of the ...
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Magazine's readership base diagram: “Distribution by job title” - would this be a good diagram title? [closed]

Below is a diagram (translated from Russian) that describes the distribution of a magazine in terms of who its subscribers are. I'm thinking of changing the title of the diagram to "distrubution by ...
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What do I call the window in the warehouse which is used to submit kitted goods to the customer?

I'm translating a text about a warehousing system inside a company. There is a window inside the warehouse through which the person (say, from a production department) may collect the goods and/or ...
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What do I call this “heel fixture” used for attaching a pallet rack column to the floor?

I'm translating a text about a pallet racking system. One sentence goes like this: Крепление стеллажей к полу осуществить через металлические подпятники с помощью химических анкеров. Attach ...