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Translation of “single-digit millionaire”

What's the translation of “single-digit millionaire" in French? “Single-digit millionaire" in English designates an individual whose net worth is between 1M USD and 10M USD.
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How to translate “Facéties de Descendre” in the context of a board game? [closed]

I'd like to translate a card from a French board game. In particular, I'm interested about one of the names of the abilities. Now, I'm not a native English speaker, but I'm pretty sure that the ...
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What is the best way to translate “études” into English? [closed]

I work in the IT department of a French company. My team is "such-and-such études" which then gets badly translated into "such-and-such study team" when dealing with parts of the ...
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How to translate “I sleep in the night”

Can I translate "I sleep in the night" with "je dors la nuit"? That's the Google translation, but my son who learns French at school thinks it might not be correct (and my French ...
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Compréhension de 'en' dans une phrase

Je lis un contrat d'assurance. Il y a une section comme celle-ci: LA TERRITORIALITE S’il en est fait mention aux conditions particulières, vos garanties s’exercent: - Toutes garanties autres que ...
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'en' pronoun translation

Gilson writes in Avicenne en Occident au Moyen Age: Averroès adoptera la méthode du commentaire littéral, suivant le texte d'Aristote, le divisant, en expliquant mot à mot les diverses parties et en ...
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Meaning of “Il dînait de l'Église et soupait du théâtre”

I was reading a short story by a Brazilian writer when I came across a quotation of the following couplet in French: Le matin catholique et le soir idolâtre. Il dînait de l'Église et soupait du ...
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District ou circonscription

Quand on parle des élections américaines à la chambre des représentants, en anglais on parle des congressionnal districts où sont élus chaque représentant. Faut-il le traduire par district ...
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French phonetic transcription to French text [closed]

I need help in finding app or where I could convert French phonetic transcription to actual French text. I have been an assignment on it and don't even understand what the transcript means. Help
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la meilleure traduction de 'braindead'

'braindead' en anglais est un adjectif qui peut être utilisé de façon informelle pour dire: extrêmement bête, mais aussi, quelque chose qui ne nécessite aucune pensée, compétence ou effort. Par ...
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Lettre officielle. Abréviations et structure

I read a text in French related to honorary consular. First of all, it states Consuls honoraires-C0.0. and COA. What is meant with C0.0. and COA ? Are these abbreviations? Secondly, before the main ...
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Comment peut-on traduire “must've been” ?

Par exemple, en anglais, quand je ne sais pas exactement la quantité, la taille, la force, etc. de quelque chose, parfois, je pourrais dire "must've past participle". Voici des exemples: He ...
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French pronunciation of Greek letters

I am reading technical papers which contain many letters from the Greek alphabet. I'm not sure how to pronounce them and having a hard time looking it up. What is the standard French pronunciation of ...
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Conveying “guinea pig”

Entre cochon d'Inde et cobaye, lequel sera plus facilement compris pour rendre guinea pig (c-à-d sujet volontaire ou non d’expériences) ? Peut-on employer couramment guinea pig en français (avec ce ...
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Conveying “let's agree to disagree”

What are some common ways to convey in French: "Let's agree to disagree"? Is Disons qu'on est pas d'accord idiomatic?
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What is the difference between “violet” and “pourpre” in French?

Violet and Purple are treated as distinct colours in the English language. However, I have learned that in French “violet” is the umbrella term for both purple and violet. Is this true? Also, what is ...
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Conveying “on board” (involved in a project or organization or working for a company)

The idiom "on board" may be used to imply involvement in a project or organization, or working for a company. E.g. Welcome to the team. It’s great/nice/good to have you on board. What are ...
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Usage of “Il ne sert à rien de pleurer sur le lait renversé”

Cherchant à rendre en français le proverbe anglais : It's no use crying over spilled milk said to emphasize that it is not useful feeling sorry about something that has already happened. j'ai trouvé ...
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Conveying “to be in someone's good books”

The idiom "to be in someone's good books" means (informally) to be in a state in which one is liked or are treated nicely by someone. For example: He's trying to get back in his boss's good ...
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Comment dire “it's all over the place” en français ?

En anglais, on dit souvent "it's all over the place" pour signifier qu'un discours, un essai, ou un film parle trop de sujets et n'a pas de thème unifié. Je suis curieux de savoir comment le ...
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Is “Le poids de l'entourage” a French idiom or expression?

I was reading a French text and saw this sentence: Le poids de l'entourage est parfois difficile à gérer dans l'éducation de ces enfants but I have a feeling that the translation is very odd, so I ...
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Conveying “off your rocker” (slang for silly, crazy)

If you say (informally) that someone is off their rocker, you mean that that person is crazy, silly, etc.. E.g. You're off your rocker if you think I'm going to climb that mountain. How can one ...
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How to convey “to teach someone the ropes”

The idiom to teach someone the ropes means to teach someone how to do something, especially a job. E.g. "Jack has been here for years – he’ll show you the ropes." Trying to convey the ...
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Usage de “l’avenir appartient à ceux qui se lèvent tôt”

Searching how to convey in French the meaning of the English idiom the early bird catches the worm I found l'avenir appartient à ceux qui se lèvent tôt. E.g. The admissions in this college get filled ...
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“Gosh” and “bon sang”

Gosh, I didn't expect to see you here! Gosh is used (an exclamation in this context) to express (informally) surprise or strength of feeling. [Gosh can be also used as a euphemism for ‘God’. E.g. &...
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Mis à part vs. apart from

My question is the following: can mis à part be used both for expressing "inclusion" and "exclusion" as is the case with the english apart from. What I mean is that in English it ...
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Conveying “out of the blue” (completely unexpected)

If something happens out of the blue, it is completely unexpected; e.g. I hadn’t heard from Georges for years; then I got a letter out of the blue. Google Translate gives Je n'avais pas entendu ...
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Conveying “Go bust”

The idiom "go bust" (informal) means to spend or lose all of one's money; to go broke. If a company goes bust, it goes bankrupt. Linguee gives faire faillite as translation but it sounds to ...
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“Greener pastures” and “pâturages plus verts”

He worked there for two years before leaving for greener pastures. He decided it was time to move on to greener pastures. "Greener pastures" is an idiom meaning a new better, more ...
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Is my translation of “I’m talking about the software. It’s slow in translating but precise.” grammatically correct?

Is my translation of “I’m talking about the software. It’s slow in translating but precise.” grammatically correct? Because « être lent(e) à » égale “to be slow in ...-ing”, I reached « Je parle du ...
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“Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine” — Alan Turing, into French

J'essaye de traduire cette citation d'Alan Turing tout en gardant le format de "quote" : "Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can ...
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“entre le marteau et l'enclume”

Pour traduire : It's difficult to see how to get out of this situation because we're between a rock and a hard place. j'ai dis : Il est difficile de voir comment sortir de cette situation car οn ...
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Conveying “bigger than life”

The other day I was talking about Freddie Mercury. I wanted to convey: Having an outrageously flamboyant stage persona he was a larger-than-life artist. I said Ayant un personnage de scène ...
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Comment dire “as much as” en français ?

Je me demande comment dire "as much as" en français. Par exemple, je voulais dire : As much as we try to stand out, we follow the same rules. Ce que je propose : Autant qu’on essaye de se ...
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What does it mean “il veut me faire ma fête”?

It is in a song named Je Suis Décadente by Brigitte Fontaine Quand Ernest il veut me faire ma fête Je lui dis « A quoi bon ? » très amère
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The meaning of the french verb “Zoner” & the adjective “tanqué”

In the French song "On fleek", Eva said "Reste avec tes grosses folles, t'es bon qu'à zoner", so what's the meaning of "zoner" in this phrase and in general too and what'...
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The meaning of “v. Prendre le seum”

In the French song "On fleek", Eva said "T'as pris le seum et tu t'agites" so what's the meaning of this sentence and what's the difference between "v.avoir + le seum" &...
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Usage of 'rota' (scheduling planning tasks and responsibilities)

Rota: a list of things that have to be done and of the people who will do them; : a fixed order of rotation (as of persons or duties). Companies would be expected to shift their rotas so that offices ...
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Conveying “How come…?” (expressing complain)

Deepl/Google Translate convey how come idiom in questions expressing complain like How come nobody's ever on time to meetings? as Comment se fait-il que personne ne soit jamais à l'heure aux ...
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Usage of budget speaking about time

Can we use budget/budgétiser in colloquial French speaking about time? Time budget for Part 1: Approximately 5 minutes Budget de temps pour la première partie : environ 5 minutes or How to budget ...
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Why has this line in La Peste been translated to its opposite in my English copy of The Plague?

I am currently (and slowly) reading Camus' La Peste [Gallimard] in French concurrently with The Plague [trans. Robin Buss, Penguin] in English. On p 6 of La Peste is this excerpt (emphasis mine): ...
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The meaning of “se faire”

What's the meaning of "se faire" or "me faire" ? Il me fait le philosophe. I want to know the meaning of this sentence.
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“This band is shit” vs “This band is the shit”: similar change of meaning in French

I ain't an English native speaker but I understand (1) "This band is shit" as negative (i.e. a very bad band), and (2) "This band is the shit" as positive (i.e. an extremely good band). I ...
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Quel est le contraire d'une « erreur par omission » ?

J'ai besoin de traduire une phrase en anglais qui pointe les erreurs présentes dans une liste. Elle mentionne des erreurs par omission (« mistakes of omission ») et des erreurs qui correspondent à des ...
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How would you phrase a “work in progress” in French? [duplicate]

I know this question has been answered multiple times already but I want to ask how to phrase this specifically in the context of referring to oneself as a work in progress. The best way I saw this ...
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Toutes ces émotions, ça creuse!

Dans une histoire que je lis, le personnage, Anne, est frustré d'essayer de nouvelles machines d'exercice. Il dit alors: "Toutes ces émotions, ça creuse!" Est-ce à dire: "Toutes ses émotions en ...
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What's the meaning of “C'est le sancho” ?

What's the meaning of "C'est le sancho"? I want to know the meaning of this French expression.
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Comment dire “it’s one thing to …, (it’s) another thing to …” en français ?

Bonjour ! En anglais, on dit souvent que "it’s one thing to ..., (it’s) another thing to ..." et je voudrais savoir comment le traduire en français. Ça a l'air trop anglophone de dire littéralement "c'...
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Célibataire en permanence and petite-fille

I have 2 questions from the French text below: "C’est un chouette garçon. Il faudrait qu’elle le présente à sa petite-fille Caroline, qui reste célibataire en permanence. Background: Earlier in the ...
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Translation of “cirons”

I'm reading Guignol's Band II by L.-F. Céline, and there's a dancing scene in which the narrator has to hit the bar bed, prompting the beat. As he was injured in the war, he is quickly exhausted, and ...

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