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Traduction de « heads-up »

Comment est-ce que l'expression anglaise « to give [someone] a heads-up » est traduite en français? Google Translate propose « donner un heads-up », mais on peut sûrement faire mieux. Y a-t-il une ...
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Traduction de « effectiveness » — « efficacité » ou « effectivité » ?

Une collègue m'a demandé récemment de relire une traduction, dans laquelle elle utilisait le mot « effectivité » (pour effectiveness). Spontanément, je voulais lui recommander d'utiliser plutôt « ...
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Équivalent français de l'expression « eating your own dog food »

L'expression « eating your own dog food » (ou « dogfooding ») est utilisée pour désigner la pratique qui consiste pour une entreprise, en particulier les éditeurs de logiciels, à utiliser ses propres ...
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To attend a school, to take a class

Comment peut-on traduire ces phrases en Français? I attended the University of Michigan from 1997 to 2001. I took a French class at Alliance Française last month. Je devine : Je fréquentais ...
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Comment traduire « a cute animal » ?

Je voulais suggérer une traduction pour le commentaire de Borror0 pour « a cute animal », mais je dois bien dire qu'aucun mot adéquat ne me vient à l'esprit. Pourtant, ce ne sont pas les possibilités ...
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How to translate “Up for it”?

To be “up for it” is to be ready to face a certain situation. How can I say it in French with the same emotion?
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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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Comment traduiriez-vous le proverbe anglais « there’s honor among thieves »?

Le New American Oxford Dictionary dit de ce proverbe : there's honor among thieves: (proverb) dishonest people may have certain standards of behavior that they will respect. Je cherche non pas ...
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Comment traduire « software framework » en français ?

Comment traduire « software framework » en français dans un document officiel comme un CV par exemple ? Est ce qu'on peut l'utiliser comme ça ? J'ai aussi trouvé deux alternatives mais je ne sais ...
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Been there, done that (got the T-shirt)

En anglais, l'expression « been there, done that » signifie que le locuteur sait de quoi parle son interlocuteur, qu'il a déjà vécu une situation analogue. Il y a une connotation plus ou moins marquée ...
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Doit-on traduire les prénoms ?

Je suis en train de traduire une histoire d'anglais en français et je me demande s'il est préférable de traduire les prénoms utilisés ? Par exemple, "Kyle", "Kimber", etc. Ces prénoms sont ...
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Le client « poll » le serveur toutes les minutes

Je ne sais pas si je fais de la francisation à outrance; mais je me suis retrouvé dans une situation ou je devais décrire le fonctionnement d'un système informatique en français. Ce que je voulais ...
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Comment traduire « a misspent youth » ?

Dans les phrases anglaises suivantes : I had a misspent youth. He's very good at that game, I suspect a misspent youth. C'est souvent utilisé avec une connotation sociale ou légère. ...
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“Fancy” as an adjective

In two cases I seem to be unable to find the right translation for fancy into French. A fancy camera A fancy hotel It mustn't be so hard to understand but I'm quite hazy about what's meant there ...
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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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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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Why “Very Bad Trip” instead of “Gueule de bois”?

Why French have translated the film “The Hangover” as “Very Bad Trip” and not “La gueule de bois”? Since it should be its usual tradition. Why is that so? Is it more common to use the specific term ...
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How do you translate expressions like “The General is only as good as the soldiers that he commands”?

There is an expression in English in the form "The [blank] is only as good as the [blank]". An example below is The general is only as good as the soldiers that he commands. What is the proper ...
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What is a good translation of “Rüstzeit” or “Retooling time”?

I'm looking for a concise translation for "Rüstzeit" or "Retooling time". This is the time taken to reconfigure a machine for a new batch of work. (Installing new tools, new NC program etc.) Does ...
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Update vs upgrade in French

When talking about a program in English, one can either update or upgrade it. How to make this distinction in French? I am only aware of "mettre à jour".
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How to say “to google something” in French?

As a german speaker with a French background, I was wondering how "to google" would translate in French. "Googler qqch" seems wrong.
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What is the correct word for “the inside of humans soul”?

I'm trying to make up a sentence that describes one of the goals of réalisme. I need to explain, that réalisme is trying to capture and describe the story that is happening inside the characters, ...
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An idiomatic phrasing for “though you wouldn't think it”

… though you wouldn't think it from the way they acted. Is there a French analogue of “though you wouldn't think it”?
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Comment traduire « walk on eggshells » ?

En anglais, nous avons l'expression « walk on eggshells », qui veut dire « être diplomatique, prudent, essayer de ne pas offenser quelqu'un ». Quelle en serait une bonne traduction ?
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Traduction de « timestamp »

J'aimerais savoir si on peut traduire « time stamp » par « plage horaire » ? J'ai vu sur des sites que plage horaire se traduirait par « time slot » mais je trouve que dans un certain contexte c'est ...
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What is the most common polite informal way to refer to a woman or man in French? (e.g. guy or girl in English)

What would be the most common way to say guy and girl/lady in French?(Assuming you are talking about someone in their 30s or 40s and want to be polite but not too formal). Today I was speaking in ...
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Comment peut-on dire « to outstay one's welcome » en français ?

On emploie cette expression quand un invité est resté trop longtemps lors d'une fête. L'invité est utilisé comme sujet de l'expression.
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Existe-t-il un dictionnaire anglais-français de termes techniques?

Je dois parfois traduire de l'anglais au français des offres d'emplois qui sont techniques (dans le domaine logiciel), et j'aimerais pouvoir utiliser un ouvrage de référence pour confirmer certains ...
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Censé vs supposé

To translate the idea of I am supposed to do something What is the difference between saying Je suis censé faire quelque chose as opposed to Je suis supposé faire quelque chose Is ...
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Traduction de “clickbait"

Clickbait is some website content that is aimed at generating advertising revenue, especially at the expense of quality or accuracy, relying on sensationalist headlines to attract click-throughs; such ...
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Comment traduire « footer » dans un contexte sans pagination ?

Lorsque l’on parle d’un simple fichier texte, la traduction de « header » en « en-tête » est très bien, mais je n’aime pas traduire « footer » par « pied de page » tout simplement car un fichier texte ...
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What is the French word for linguistic “borrowing” or “loanword” that came from English?

In English we call a word originally from a foreign language a "borrowing" or "loanword". What is/are the French term(s) for words that came into French from another language? Also, is there a word ...
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“I care about you” in French

How would you say "I care about you" in French, by which you mean to whom it is directed at that their well-being and happiness are of concern to you? Specifically, I want to capture these types of ...
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Traduction de « it takes two to tango »

En anglais « it takes two to tango » veut dire deux choses en général. Deux parties ont besoin de coopérer pour faire quelque chose donc il faut le faire ensemble. (négatif) Deux parties ont fait ...
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How would I say “monthly deduction” in French?

I saw “déduction mensuelle” in Google Translate, but I wasn't sure that that's accurate. I think I want prélèvements don't I? It's a header in a document. There will be a monthly deduction option ...
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French term for “pre-order”?

Is there a common french phrase for "pre-order"? Context: "This product is not yet available, but can be pre-ordered".
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“Bachelor degree” in French?

I have recently had my diploma stating that I have Bachelor degree in maths translated into French. (for those, who speak Russian диплом бакалавра по математике). I have got this diploma in Ukraine. ...
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What are the French “language buffer” words (aka “filler words”)?

I was curious as to how to translate some "filler words" that often appear in English speech but might not translate literally into French. For example, I might often say, "I guess," when talking ...
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How would you translate “Full-stack engineer”?

A full-stack engineer is an I.T. engineer that is knowledgeable in all fields concerning the conception, development and deployment of software projects and especially web projects (As opposed to a ...
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Traduction française de « plug-in estimator »

Existe-t-il une traduction française du terme anglais « plug-in » utilisé en statistique ? Par exemple, « plug-in estimator » signifie « estimateur obtenu à partir de la distribution empirique ». ...
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Une bonne traduction pour « awesome »

On trouve facilement des équivalents pour awesome, le wiktionnaire par exemple propose magnifique ou génial. Ces mots conviennent bien pour un emploi en tant adjectif du type This gig was awesome !, ...
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Usage of 'hot' meaning 'good-looking' or 'attractive'

The word 'hot' in English is usually perceived as: an adjective that conveys the degree of heat possessed by an object. A French translation for 'hot' in this context would be 'chaud'. ...
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Un titre « clickbait » : l'emploi en adjectif ?

En langue anglaise clickbait peut être employé comme tel en tant qu'adjectif (a clickbait article; Dictionary.com, OOD) etc. On peut donc facilement imaginer, pour un titre (d'une article etc.) par ...
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What's the French equivalent for “stick out like a sore thumb”?

In English, if something is egregiously out of place, it can be said that it is “sticking out like a sore thumb”. Example: I was so bad at playing football and they were all professionals; I ...
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French word for female cat?

This feels like a silly question but I want to know if female chat is "chatte" because Google Translate suggests anything but (vulgar terms, beware). Does "chatte" mean female cat and the other ...
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How does one say “We suck” in French?

I saw a French subtitle translate it as "on craint" but when I look in the dictionary I don't see any meanings in this context although the dictionary could be behind in updating...is that correct? ...
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Comment traduire « what has been seen cannot be unseen » ?

Après le visionnage d'un film particulièrement... comment dire, extrême/choquant/bizarre, je cherchais une expression pour décrire mes sensations. L'expression anglaise « what has been seen cannot ...
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Vocabulaire du « punting »

À Oxford et Cambridge, nous avons une activité nautique qui s'appelle « punting ». On a un petit bateau en bois, une longue perche avec laquelle on pousse sur le fond du cours d'eau, et on fait une ...
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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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Is the meaning of “en effet” closer to English’s “indeed”, or “in effect”?

I've seen the phrase "en effet" beginning a French sentence on occasion, and I was wondering whether it was closer to the meaning of the English word "indeed" or the phrase "in effect" - or perhaps it ...