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Thread poster: Alexandre Chetrite

Alexandre Chetrite
France
Local time: 19:54
English to French
May 25, 2008

Hello,

I was wondering if there are any specialized translation tools/dictionaries on the Net dealing with local and national expressions (not necesarily slang) from the USA, England, or from anglo-saxon countries.
For example, recently I had to do an investment report translation (into French) with the following US expression : "to bite the bullet"...



[Edited at 2008-05-25 17:40]


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Susan Welsh  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 13:54
Member (2008)
Russian to English
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English idioms May 25, 2008

Dear Alexandre,

Here's one I had bookmarked. I've never used it, but give it a try.

http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/

Did you find your "bite the bullet"? It means that you are going to go ahead and do something difficult or unpleasant that you've been avoiding. For example: "I'm going to bite the bullet, and stop smoking."

Good luck.


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Elvira Alves Barry  Identity Verified
Local time: 18:54
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Portuguese to English
Here are a couple of links May 25, 2008

that I found and use frequently for reference, Alexandre.

http://users.tinyonline.co.uk/gswithenbank/sayindex.htm

http://www.joe-ks.com/phrases/phrases.htm


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Kim Metzger  Identity Verified
Mexico
Local time: 11:54
German to English
Some more references May 25, 2008

By the way, "bite the bullet" isn't just an American idiom. The first recorded use was by Rudyard Kipling.

English idioms
http://www.englishdaily626.com/idioms.php

bite the bullet
http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/65400.html

American vs. British English

http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/questions/americanbritish.html

http://www.peak.org/~jeremy/dictionary/dictionary/dictionary.php


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Alexandre Chetrite
France
Local time: 19:54
English to French
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More precision about my request... May 25, 2008

Hello,

Thank you for the links, they are all great. What I still didn't find is a web site showing the French equivalent (if any) of a precise English expression/idiom and the other way around maybe
An english expression might not have its French counterpart, but I'm still asking.
It could save valuable time when translating....


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Kim Metzger  Identity Verified
Mexico
Local time: 11:54
German to English
English to French May 25, 2008

A non exhaustive list of proverbs, locutions and expressions with their meanings or equivalents given in French.

http://www.e-frenchtranslation.com/proverbs.htm


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sandywendler
German to English
Expressions and slang resource May 26, 2008

you can also check out this slang dictionary, they have British, American, Mexican and lots of others.

http://slang-dictionary.org/


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