I am writing my thesis in French but I am not allowed to write any word in English. The problem is that some technical words are not usually into French, how can I translate them?

For example, these words are very hard for me to translate:

  • backhaul
  • plug-and-play
  • ...

Also words that belong to someone cannot be translated like the name of an algorithm "quicksort" or the name of a model, ...

I would like to hear your suggestions.

  • 1
    Can you please ask one question at a time. I can see 3 questions in what you wrote.
    – None
    Jul 11, 2014 at 14:52
  • Backhaul = "Télécommunication" ou "Réseau d'accès". Plug-And-Play doesn't have a translation (it's a marketed name, it's the same as many English products that don't have a translation, we just don't translate it). IE: Quicksort(English) = Quicksort(French)
    – Sifu
    Jul 11, 2014 at 15:34
  • I am curious to know where you are doing your thesis...
    – user3595
    Jul 12, 2014 at 16:00

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The translation of many technical words can be found on Wikipedia that going to the English articles then switching to French, e.g.:

Then http://www.linguee.fr/ if another great resource, e.g.:

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