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Which one do you call “pepper”, pimienta o pimiento?

So I always thought pepper was the english equivalent of the spanish word pimienta But now I look the translation for pimiento and it also returns pepper (Google Translator) Do you call both ...
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is “paschalilla” a right translation of this pie (Pascualina)?

I was looking for the word of the pie Pascualina in English , and google translator gave me "paschalilla". I dont think that's the right translation because I made a google search for images for that ...
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How to say “lanzar serpentina” in english?

Is it to launch serpentine? This is what I mean. When a person lanches serpentine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krzBwKbuD44
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How to write “break down the figures from the attached pages” in English?

I want to properly write "desglosa del anexo (o apéndice) las figuras" in English. I've been translating it as "Break down the figures from the attached", but I don't know if "break down" is the ...
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What do you call the pages at the end of a book(children books) that you can “break down”

Im a spanish speaker I do not know how to properly call this kind of "pages". The pages and the end of a children books that are meant to play or have figures for children to cut. In spanish we call ...
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is frola paste an accurate translation of this pastrie/cake or is it a translator failed attempt to translate a name?

How is this cake/pastrie called in English? The name it's from spanish. The red paste is membrillo (quince)
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Proper word to describe fool-style or super easy tool

In Chinese, there is a word 傻瓜(fool)式(style), usually use as 傻瓜(fool)式(style)安装(installation)包(package) and 傻瓜(fool)式(style)方法(method) . 傻瓜式 usually indicate a super easy procedure, can mean a way/...
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Is “I know where you are coming from” the equivalent in english of “Sé a dónde querés llegar” from spanish?

Lately, I hear a lot in English the phrase "I know where you are coming from" . The funny/weird thing to me, it's that it seems to be used in the same situations we spanish speaking people uses the ...
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Difference of “and” and “&”

I want to translate the name of my college from Chinese into English. The translation is like that "Guangxi Vocational and Technical College of Communications", but if I wish to make this name ...
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Does 'much later' here mean just 'a lot later' or 'for a long time'?

Uncle Vernon waited until Piers was safely out of the house before starting on harry. He was so angry he could hardly speak. He managed to say, "Go-Cupboard-stay-no meals," before he collapsed into a ...
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What would be the equivalent of “Grundlagen” from German in a scientific paper?

I am required to make the first chapter of my scientific paper be called "Einleitung" in German, that would be "Introduction" in English, but the second one should be "Grundlagen", which I can't find ...
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How to write the address of a house that consists of several numbered buildings

I'm translating a Russian document in which there is the following address (literally from Russian): 107076, Moscow, Korolenko Street, House 2 Building 6 That is, House 2 consists of several ...
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What does “doorknob” mean in this context?

In Lowell's answer in his interview what doorkonb means? INTERVIEWER Don’t you think a large part of it is getting the right details, symbolic or not, around which to wind the poem tight and ...
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What do we call this pocket of fabric in which we put tent poles when assembling a camping tent?

When assembling a camping tent, we sometimes have to put the tent poles through a kind of tunnel created using a strip of the same fabric of which the tent is made. The Russian term for this channel ...
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What does “thrashing about” mean?

In an ROBERT LOWELL's interview, in interviewer's question, I don't get the meaning of the part. Also in LOWELL's answer I dont get the part in italic, could any one help me to understand? ...
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Formal letter: what is the English version of “En attandant votre réponse, veillez croire, Monsieur, à l’expression de …”

I have a hard time writing a formal letter in English for the first time in my life and without any good reference or previous training. I am stuck in the final phase where I want to express that I am ...
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Is it correct to say “preselecting examination”

I am applying for a scholarship and I need to write an application letter for the preselections. I filled the subject field by "Application for [name of the scholarship] scholarship preselecting ...
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What does “still on my watch” mean in this context? [closed]

I translate the dialogue from the game, I want to get its interpretation: I still on my watch even after hundred years. I don't understand sense of the phrase "still on my watch". What means it in ...
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How should the names of Hindu deities be spelled?

For instance, shouldn't Lord Rama actually be spelled as Lord Ram, because that's how we pronounce it? Why then do I frequently find an extra 'a' at the end in texts?
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How can I translate Italian “farla”/“farlo”?

In Italian, I could write a sentence like the following. Porto l'auto da mio cugino per farla riparare. It means I am taking my car to my cousin's, where somebody will fix it. It doesn't ...
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what is the meaning of “expressive” after noun in context?

I can't translate this sentence into my native language. The emperors and scholar-officials cannot be reached now, but they have left a wealth of evidence that they found their state sacrifices and ...
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Is there proverb about war and mother?

In Ukrainian, there is proverb "Кому війна, кому мати рідна". I would translate it into English as following: "What is war for one, that is mother for another". This means that while some people are ...
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I want exact definition for some phrases in some specific sentences

I want to translate a short story for my term project from English to Persian, I face problem finding suitable equivalence for some phrases, indeed I looked them up in several English/Persian & ...
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Interpretation and meaning of “”They were speaking to each other halfcircular words at the semiround table."

I translated a sentence to English: "They were speaking to each other halfcircular words at the semiround table." In original language, this sentence is: "Разговаривали друг с другом за ...
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What does the sentence mean in IELTS?

When I doing my IELTS test, I found Write ONE WORD AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer and in a blank Time at current address:_______ I filled in fortnight, because I think only one word or ...
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What is the meaning of 'screen' in this context? [closed]

Tate and I started to make an anthology together. It was a very interesting year I spent with Tate and his wife. He’s a poet who writes in spurts, and he had about a third of a book. I was going to do ...
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What's the meaning of “take out” in this context?

It seems he is talking about a third book and about the poem that he put in that,am I right? INTERVIEWER I was struck on reading Land of Unlikeness by the difference between the poems you rejected ...
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What this phrase trying to say?

Could anyone please help me with this, I dont get the meaning, why he said that is satisfying and also crushing? And also what is the meaning of I read a good deal? Btw gradually he become a poet It ...
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What is the meaning of“it make the thing living” in this context?

he was a young man about thirty. I never had him in class, but I used to go to him. He’d read aloud and we’d talk, he was very pleasant that way. He’d smoke honey-scented tobacco, and read Baudelaire ...
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Statistics show ,that …recent figures show,that

I had a test where i needed to translate from German to English . Can u say "statistics show,that ..." ? And the other sentence which was marked as wrong : " Recent figures show, that London is ...
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Meaning of plunge?

I'm reading Dracula by Bram Stoker. There is this passage in the first chapter which I can't wholly understand: '... for I was minded to jump from the caleche and run, whilst they reared again ...
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Do you pronounce foreigners' names with the foreign pronunciation?

Some names, like "Michael" sound dramatically different depending on whether you pronounce them the German or English way. Which one do you use when talking in English?
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Best English equivalent for the French word “parcelle”: plot or parcel?

I am working on a project where I have to define some spaces we define in French as parcelles, which are in my case part of lands used for a specific usage, such as plantations. After looking for a ...
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“Custody of exams”?

I'm trying to translate a sentence and I don't know if I am correct. I am trying to say that professors keep the exams with student's answers in a box under lock and key for several months because the ...
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English equivalent of French “Sousou”

I'm translating a French text and they used the word "sousou" : "Tiens, quelques sousous pour t'acheter un bonbon." -> "Here, some ? to buy a candy" A "sou" is a coin and "sousou(s)" (s added for ...
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What the meaning of “ əˈtraktiv ”?

When I type one English word on Google Search Engine, It's show me small translate form on their result. When I search for "Attractive", it's give me result like this What I'am confused is the text ...
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How do I translate this sentence and keep the translation free of any reference to the person's gender? [duplicate]

In Italian, I can use the following sentence without revealing the gender of the person I am talking of. L'utente preferisce mantenere protetta la propria identità. (The user prefers to keep [...
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Congratulate someone on the forthcoming new year

In Russian we say, "С наступающим Новым Годом!" What's the English equivalent? How do you congratulate a person before New Year comes? After 23:59:99 on the 1st of January we can say Happy New Year - ...
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What is the meaning of `we search for a 1 filled list individual`

I am looking a python lib named deap, but stuck at beginning. The first paragraph says: This is the first complete example built with DEAP. It will help new users to overview some of the ...
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Word for “penis” when speaking to children

Is there a word in English commonly used to mean "penis" when speaking to babies or children? For example, in Russian we say "пипка." My son's learning English from me and I want to teach him this in ...
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Are “normative document” and “regulatory document” synonymous?

From the Russian Federal Law on Circulation of Medicines: The registration dossier shall comprise the following documents: 1) draft designs of primary packages and secondary (retail) packages ...
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How to providing English translation of foreign terms used in a English text?

I'm a non native English speaker writing a dissertation in British English. In this text I'm referring to some methodologies whose names are in other languages. For example one of the methods is ...
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Naming a table that describes the movement of cryovials

I've got a document that describes the establishment of a cell bank. At the very end of this document, there's an unfilled table, a template. The personnel will add a line to this table each time a ...
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May God damn the guilty person

In my mother language, when someone is going to curse or damn someone who's been the origin of a bad social disaster or someone who has caused a big catastrophe in a family and does not know who was ...
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Meaing of “And still for all our talk”

Would you please help me get to the bottom of the meaing of quite a vague phrase "And still for all our talk"? Again, it is a part of G. Hansard´s song Bird of Sorrow. Thank you.
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Will “Individual ECG findings” be understood as “ECG findings presented on a per-individual basis”?

There's a table in a document I'm translating: it provides ECG data on patients receiving a drug. The columns are: code of patient (his unique ID), age of patient, date of ECG test, results of ECG ...
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Ancient English 101

I'm trying to make alerting messages on my website feel old-fashioned. Is there any straightforward approach to translate modern English into ancient English? I can't tell which exact stage of English ...
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what is someone ''who mentions and repeats their help to us again and again'' called?

In my language there is an adjective and a verb for somebody who mentions their help repeatedly and every time they see you. This word is used to show disapproval. The dictionary translations are ''...
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How do you say “enchufado” in English?

"Enchufado" or "enchufe" is a colloquial way of saying that a person got a job because a friend or relative gave it to him, instead of earning it themselves. I thought about the word "appointed" but ...
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How to ask “¿hay?” In English?

The other day i was giving an English lesson to some friends :p one of them asked me for a snack, i gave her a frozen yogurt pop... then another friend's son asked me" there is, there is?? Trying to ...