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How is the emotional concept of “home” expressed in French?

I know that it is generally expressed as chez moi or chez whomever, but what I'm not sure about is whether this has any connotation. In English, home is a completely common and casual word, but at ...
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Can “faire ça/cela” be used as a stand-in for any action?

In English, one possible use of the verb to do is in combination with the pronouns it/this/that to form a stand-in for a more explicit action when the action is already known to the audience, like so: ...
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How do you say “nail” (as in “get something right”) in French?

"Nail" is defined, according to Urban Dictionary, as "to complete a task successfully or get something right". Since it's a slang word, most translation dictionaries such as Word Reference, Larousse, ...
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Expressing “There's no such thing as …” emphatically

All I've found are things such as "(Sujet), ça n'existe pas" or "Il n'y a pas de...", but I find that too simple to convey the whole meaning of the English expression. As a non-native English speaker ...
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How to give a clothes measurement in French?

In order to narrow down the focus of the question, I'll mention the standard sizes whose French translation is required. They are as follows: Small Medium Large Extra Large Now, I know that ...
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Proper conjugation in writing commands (to oneself)?

I sometimes write to-do list items in French, and often find it hard to decide how to conjugate items. E.g: Go to bed at 10 pm ->... se coucher a 10h? me coucher a 10h? coucher a 10h?
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Is this the correct way to use “jusqu'à” ?

Here is what I have written: On doit étudier toutes les matières jusqu'à partir de la troisième. Ensuite, on peut choisir entre les sciences économiques et la technologie, mais c'est obligatoire ...
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How to say growing up

I'm trying to work out how to say variations on the phrase "growing up" to refer to my childhood. Since this is idiomatic in English I don't think a direct translation will make sense.
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Is it the right way to say “It is new and air-conditioned?”

So, I came across the word "climatise," which means air conditioned in English. The subject of my sentence is feminine (la cantine) and I think that the sentence should be written in the following ...
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What is written in this old handwritten French text?

I found this old mary / pieta print and it had this old French text on the back. I'm wondering what it means and since the handwriting is challenging to transcribe it'd be great to get feedback on it. ...
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Why does “Rancunes et partis” translate into “And enmity and spouses” to English in Vive Henri Quatre?

I've been listening to some renaissance music and I stumbled upon the so called first french national anthem, and while listening I heard a few lyrics that confused me so I looked them up. But one ...
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Quelle est la différence entre « par nature » et « de nature » ?

Je veux traduire la phrase suivante en français : Being an international school by nature, XYZ does not focus on promoting the multinational culture but instead on making profit. Est-ce que « par ...
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Comment dire “Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing” (EFSS) en français ?

EFSS (Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing) est le domaine des logiciels permettant aux employés de synchroniser, partager and collaborer sur des documents/photos/vidéos/fichiers avec leur ...
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How do you construct sentences like “I can't go without/with you having eaten breakfast” or “I can't eat with/without you here” [duplicate]

I have been having the most immense confusion on how to translate sentences like "I can't go without you having eaten breakfast" or "I can't go with you having acted like that" I feel like I've asked ...
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How do you say “What is the dragon holding” in french

I have tried most of the on-line translators but I don't think they give the right answer. Many Thanks
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Traduction française de “internet friend”? / French translation of “internet friend”?

In English we refer to people who we only talk to online, and whom we don't know in real life, as internet friends. I've tried brutishly translating this as ami d'internet or copine d'internet but the ...
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Is “variété” used to refer to music?

I was watching this video while practicing my listening comprehension, and was struck by the fact that the girl refers to music as variété and this is widely understood to refer to music by everyone ...
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How do I say “misunderstood” in French?

I want to say When you text someone instead of speaking to them, it is easy to be misunderstood, and you could offend the other person. How would I say this?
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In French how do you something like “Thank you for cooking” or “I love you for being great” and sentences like that? [duplicate]

I've been wondering how to say something like "I love you for being great" or "Thank you for eating with me" in French. What tense/mood do you use to conjugate the verbs in? I'll be using the ...
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“I want to spend the rest of my life with you” in French ?

I want to spend the rest of my life with you ... I am looking for a translation but not necessary a word by word. I mean is : Je veux terminer le restant de mes jours avec toi fits here??
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Saisissez vs. Cle [closed]

I'm under the impression that the words "saisissez" and "clé" mean the same thing: "key". Is there a meaningful difference between the two words? Do they have any alternate meanings?
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How to say “at least” as in “at least help me!”

How do you express "At least" as in the sentence "At least help me!" I think it's (literally) "au moins" but that sounds a bit strange. Thanks!
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Ways to express “what's happening”, “what happened”, or “what will happen” in French

I've been having trouble looking for ways to say "what happened", "what's happening", and "what will happen" in French. I feel it's "Ce qui s'a passé", "Ce qui se passe", and "Ce qui se passera". ...
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Is this a correct translation of “I don't want them to die”?

Is "Je ne veux pas qu'ils à mourir" a good translation or should you use "Je ne veux pas qu'ils meurent"?
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How to say “this early” as in “I have never been this early” in French?

How do you say something like "I have never been this bad" in French? Or something like that? How do you say the "This bad" part? Also, do you say "I have never been" as "Je n'ai jamais été"? Or is ...
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Meaning of “je vais pas en plus venir…” ?

I stumbled upon the sentence: Déjà je suis née fille, je vais pas en plus venir parler la première. I get the meaning of the sentence, that's not the problem. The problem is with en plus venir. ...
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Most common ways of remarking something is weird, strange, or unusual?

A very common remark in English is simply weird, or that's weird, to express that something is generally unexpected. What's the most common way of expressing this in French? I don't want to just look ...
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How do I use Wikipedia to find a technical translation? [closed]

If I'm on the English page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridge_(music) how do I get to the French page: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pont_(musique) Someone showed me to to change the URL in the ...
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There isn't any satisfying French translation of the verb 'to groan', or is there?

The most common French translations for the English verb to groan are gémir and geindre, but this implies weak, rather high-pitched sounds. Gronder is one as in le tonnerre gronde with the right ...
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How to say “I look forward to it”?

I have an email from a supplier letting me know when something is going to be made available. I would like to thank them and say "I look forward to it". How would you say this in French?
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How to translate: multi-event and single-event

QUESTION 1: How can I translate this from english to french: multi-event single-event Google Translate gives me: multi-événement événement unique This first one sound right to me while the ...
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Traduction de « sloped backward legs »

Reviewing a translation. This is a description of a dancer's body : With my long, thin legs that sloped backward and my supersize feet, I had the ideal body for ballet. Ma version actuelle : ...
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How can I translate “I have improved”?

QUESTION 1. "I have improved" How can I translate into French "I have improved"? Google Translate gives me "Je me suis amélioré" using "to be" instead of "to have." Is that correct as translation? ...
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How do you say “would you” in French?

I read many translations of "would you" but I still doubt it. I would like to ask someone following question in French : What job would you like to have?
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Delicatessen, alias « deli » : comment le traduire en français ?

Le fameux « deli », pour delicatessen, dans le contexte new-yorkais d'un "deli" qui livre des café-bagels aux particuliers habitants le quartier. Si l'on traduit deli par déli, on part du principe ...
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How to express “… , but to (do) …” in colloquial French?

"I was well aware of your desire to be his successor, but to resort to murder!?" « J'étais bien conscient de votre désir de lui succéder, mais de là à avoir recours au meurtre... ? » In English, ...
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Translation of “awards”, “honors”, “achievements”

I'm writing my CV in French. How should I translate the following words and phrases into French? Awards: prize for something Honors: Outstanding Graduate of University ABC (Top 5%), recipient of ...
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What is the correct way to say “I have a bad accent” ?

What is the best way to self-effacingly say: I speak french with a bad accent. Would it be: Je parle français avec un mauvais accent anglais. The difficulty I'm having is in distinguishing ...
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How to express “unless”?

Am I correct in thinking that in French you can express the idea of “unless” in the following three different ways? I wonder if you can use them interchangeably? « Je vais prendre l'air. À ...
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« Menaces with spikes of » ?

This is a native aluminum earring. All craftsmanship is of the highest quality. It is studded with bismuth bronze and decorated with water buffalo leather. [This object is adorned with hanging ...
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Translation of “People less fortunate than us”

How can we say “people less fortunate than us” for example in terms of condition, wealth, health, etc. La solidarité, il s'agit d'aider des gens moins fortunés (moins chanceux? moins heureux? avec ...
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“The Queen” in French [closed]

The queen in England is called "The Queen", but how do you translate this into French? What I read in the dictionary is confusing. Please keep the answer simple as I'm not fluent in English (and not ...
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How to express “being left to do” in colloquial French?

“I don't appreciate being left to do all the hard work.” It’s different from just saying “I don't appreciate doing all the hard work.”; the idea of “being left to do” is important. Someone else ...
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Best translation for “I'm back” ?

I used to translate I'm back as "Je suis retourné" but eventually I changed that to "Je suis de retour." Am I right nowadays, is that the most idiomatic way of expressing that?
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Un équivalent du mot anglais « application » pour une procédure administrative

Je cherche un mot en français courant qui pourrait remplacer « application » en anglais, dans le contexte où il s'agit d'une procédure administrative, impliquant dossiers et paiements…
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Alternatives ou meilleure traduction pour le mot blog

Existe-t-il une meilleure traduction française pour "blog"? Je vois le mot existe dans le Larousse, mais j'aurais aimé un mot différent de l'anglais.
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Translation of all that is gold does not glitter [closed]

Je ne parle pas bien Français, mais Je fais un imprimé typographique de célèbre le Seigneur des Anneaux poème en Français. Le imprimé est pour ma copine Français, donc j'espère si quelqu peut faire ...
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Standard, common ways of phrasing questions of the form “How was…” ?

Here are some examples of the type of questions I'm thinking of: "How was your meal?" / "How is your meal?" "How was the concert?" "How is your day going?" "How did the meeting go?" "How was your ...
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Normal way of saying “I'm sure you'd agree”

I want to say a rough equivalent of "I'm sure you'd agree that it's important to ...". I don't really recall hearing a French equivalent, so I've written "Je suis sûr que vous êtes d’accord que c'est ...
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Translate “algebra structure on” in mathematics

I want to translate this sentence in French. We study the Hopf algebra structure on the vector space spanned by [something] In fact, this is what I tried. Nous présentons une structure ...