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Questions concernant l'équivalent français d'une expression ou d'un mot d'une autre langue.

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Are there good online resources for the easy translations?

Given that site policy is veering away from 'simple' translations (if such a thing exists!), which on-line resources would you advise people to use?
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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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Translation of 'to whom it may concern'

In English, "To whom it may concern" is a generic starter to a letter implying that the letter is addressed to anyone for whom the letter is relevant. For a bit of context, I had to ask someone in ...
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Qui détermine l'orthographe et la prononciation des noms propres étrangers?

Depuis quelques jours, le Colonel Kadhafi fait la une des journaux mondiaux. En anglais, c'est orthographié Gadhafi (CNN) ou Gaddafi (BBC) et, dans les pays francophones, par Kadhafi. L'arabe se ...
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How to say “voted up” or “voted down” in French?

I know how you can say that somebody voted for something in French: Il a voté pour cela. However, on Stack Exchange sites we have a situation where you can vote something up, or vote it down. If ...
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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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How to translate “By the way”? — Comment traduire « By the way » ?

I want to translate a sentence that says something like “By the way, did you remember to get…?” So far I've seen two options: au fait and à propos. Which one would be more appropriate for an informal ...
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Comment traduire « what the fuck » ?

Je ne demande pas ici un éclaicissement du sens de la locution. Je la rencontre, comme tout lecteur d'articles anglophones sur le web, assez souvent, exprimant une interrogation mélée selon le ...
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Comment traduire « upload » ?

J'ai toujours eu de la difficulté avec ce mot. Partout où je cherche, je trouve télécharger, mais j'aimerais pouvoir faire la distinction entre download et upload. Il me semble que télécharger est ...
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Pourquoi « comment vous appelez-vous », et pas « quel est votre nom » comme en anglais ?

We know that when French people want to know someone's name, ask “Comment vous appelez-vous ?”. However this literally means “How do you call yourself?”. Why they don't use something like “quel est ...
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Comment traduire « I don't give a damn » ?

Quelles possibilités existent pour traduire « I don't give a damn » ?
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Comment traduire « what goes around, comes around » ?

En anglais, on a l'expression « what goes around, comes around », qui veut dire (à peu près) que quoi que la personne fasse, elle devra ensuite faire face aux conséquences de ses actes. Existe-t-il ...
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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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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 l'...
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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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Translation of “You are difficult to please”

"You are difficult to please." How to translate this sentence? A direct translation would be Tu es difficile à plaire. but I don't think this is correct, because plaire takes the person as an ...
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Translation of “What is important is eating …”

"What is important for your health is eating good food." Ce qui est important pour la santé, c'est manger de la bonne nourriture. Ce qui est important pour la santé, c'est de manger de la ...
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“There's no such thing as love; only proof of love”

Watching movies of Bernardo Bertolucci I noticed that he gave the same idea to several protagonists. And in pursuit to find the origin I found out that the phrase actually assigned to two french poets:...
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How to say “Lich” in French?

What would you call a "Lich" (or undead sorcerer) in French? Linguee only proposes texts talking about video games, where the names of monsters don't seem to be translated.
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Translation of “I think eating good food is important …”

"I think eating good food is very important to your health." Je pense que manger de la bonne nourriture est très important pour la santé. Is it correct to use the infinitive form manger to ...
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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 do you say “How are you”?

In English it is polite to ask How are you? What's up? How do you do? after a greeting. The answer of course is always something like Thanks, I'm fine. Not much Complaints about personal ...
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Comment traduire « peer review » ?

Comment traduisez-vous le terme « Peer review » en français ? Par exemple, lorsque l'on édite une question ou une réponse sur French Language & Usage beta et que l'on ne possède pas certains ...
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How to correctly say “my friend” in French to express a friendship relation? — Comment limiter la portée de « mon ami(e) » à une relation d'amitié ?

My French teacher always say that “mon amie” or “mon ami” expresses an amorous relationship, like “girlfriend” and “boyfriend”. So, what would be the current way to say things like (for example): I ...
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Translation of “This isn't rocket science”?

The expression This isn't rocket science. is used to say essentially Ce n'est pas trop difficile. Is there a closer equivalent or expression?
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How to translate “evidence” from English to French?

I have a very hard time translating the word “evidence” to French, where evidence is used in the context of science, as in Carl Sagan's famous quote: Extraordinary claims require extraordinary ...
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Quel est l'équivalent de « emphasis mine » pour une citation ?

Lorsque l'on fait une citation et que l'on souhaite mettre en avant certains passages, il est commun de changer la graisse des caractères (ou encore de souligner). Dans un contexte formel (article ...
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Should I use “C'est” or “Il est” or “Il fait”?

Would It is night. be C'est nuit. or Il est nuit. or Il fait nuit. or something else?
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How to translate “actually” in its contrastive meaning?

The sentence I can think it coming from would be “I'll stop … and actually do this.” I fail to content myself with “en fait” or “vraiment”, for the former merely translates “as a matter of fact”, but ...
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Existe-t-il un équivalent français de « OP » ?

Le terme anglais Original Poster et son abréviation OP très couramment utilisée dans les forums en anglais ont-ils un équivalent en français ? Parce que dire à chaque fois celui qui a démarré le fil, ...
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What does the expression “Oh, là, là” mean?

I'm reading a text written in French, and the character is introducing herself to another one. She says her name is Julie Dieudonné-Peyrard, but the other character doesn't understand and asks her to ...
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Comment pourrait-on dire en français « at the end of the day » ?

L'expression « at the end of the day » en anglais s'emploie pour exprimer le fait que les mots suivants sont définitifs, ou les derniers d'un débat. Par exemple : These acts are indefensible. At ...
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Wie sagt man Weltanschauung auf Französisch? / Comment traduire l'allemand “Weltanschauung”?

Versteht man „Weltanschauung” auf Französisch, oder muß man etwas anderes sagen? Ich finde das Wort in Wörterbüchern (z.B. Wiktionary), aber ich weiß nicht, ob die meisten Franzosen dieses Wort ...
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Comment formuler l'équivalent de « any two of three things » en français ?

Comment formuler l'équivalent de « any two of three things » en français ? J'ai trouvé ces différentes réponses sur wordreference.com l'un des quelconques des X machins ou n'importe quels machins (...
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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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Reasons for difference in translation of Pirates of the Caribbean from Quebec to France?

Apparently, the sub-title The Curse of the Black Pearl was translated as La Malédiction du Black Pearl for France and as Malédiction de la Perle noire in Canada. I'm trying to understand what would ...
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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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Is there any French equivalent for the English “thou”?

I mean, in the same epoch that thou was most used in English. Like a contemporary equivalent, that is.
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Traduction de « review » et « survey »

Je me soucie de la traduction des mots « review » et « survey ». En mathématiques, on rencontre souvent « review of a book » ou « a survey on recent developments ». D'après vous, quels sont les bons ...
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La voix passive

The English Passive may often be rendered by the French Passive. However, the French Passive is less frequently employed than the English and various constructions are commonly used instead (on+active ...
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Comment traduire « on-topic » ?

Il me semble avoir vu une traduction en français de l'expression anglaise « on-topic » pour décrire des questions qui sont appropriées pour le site, mais maintenant je ne peux pas le trouver. Donc ...
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How does one “toast someone” in French?

In English, there is a very specific meaning of the word "toast"; when used as a transitive verb, it means that you raise glasses in celebration of someone or something, eg.: Let's toast the winner ...
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Comment traduire « long shot »?

Dans les phrases anglaises suivantes : That's a bit of a long shot. It was a long shot, so it was no surprise we didn't get it. L'expression « long shot » représente quelque chose de peu ...
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Traduction de « Feedback »

J'étais en train d'écrire un « post » sur le meta de ce site et j'ai complètement bloqué sur la traduction du mot « feedback » ou de l'expression « asking for feedback » lors de la traduction de l'...
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Translation of “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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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'. However, ...
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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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Traduire « loose cannon » : franc-tireur, électron libre, ou mieux que ça ?

Je recherche une manière de rendre le sens de l'expression anglaise loose cannon, dans son sens figuré (voir par exemple ici, le sens n° 2). Les deux expressions françaises que j'ai proposées dans ...
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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 words?...
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Comment traduire « relatives » et « parents ». Ambiguïté ?

D'après le dictionnaire, il semble que les deux peuvent être traduits par parents. C'est correct? Comment est-ce que je peux traduire : I will meet my relatives tomorrow C'est possible d'utiliser ...