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04:40 Jan 13, 2008
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French to English translations [Non-PRO]
General / Conversation / Greetings / Letters / History Book
French term or phrase: encore X fois dormir
Context:

"Au chapitre 7, les judices doivent remplir leur devoir et ajouter du personnel si nécessaire. Nous retrouvons ici notre manière enfantine et typiquement germanique de compter les jours en nuits. Qui ne se rappelle pas sa mère qui lui aura dit ** "encore X fois dormir"** pour expliquer le nombre de jours qui le séparaient d'un certain événement?"

"Judices" exercised administrative and judicial powers in Charlemagne's empire.

Merci!

femme
Barbara Cochran, MFA
United States
Local time: 22:07
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Summary of answers provided
4 +5X more sleepsemiledgar
4 +1X more sleepiesAttorney DC Bar
4X more bedtimesJosephine79
2 -2x more dodos
L.J.Wessel van Leeuwen


Discussion entries: 1





  

Answers


5 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +5
X more sleeps


Explanation:
This what I have heard used in the US "3 more sleeps until Santa comes."

emiledgar
Belgium
Local time: 04:07
Specializes in field
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in FrenchFrench
PRO pts in category: 125

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Transitwrite
1 hr
  -> Thank you.

agree  Victoria Burns: definitely the most nautral-sounding in UK English (don't know about US)
5 hrs
  -> Thank you.

agree  xxxBourth: Trouble is, the very little ones will be counting afternoon naps! Mind you, if they can't count yet you're safe!
5 hrs
  -> Thank you.

agree  ST Translations
11 hrs
  -> Merci.

agree  Ingeborg Gowans
14 hrs
  -> Merci.
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46 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +1
X more sleepies


Explanation:
Just 3 more sleepies to Christmas, etc.

Attorney DC Bar
Local time: 04:07
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 16

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  MatthewLaSon: I prefer this one.
19 hrs
  -> Yes, that's what we say to our babies, anyway.
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59 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 2/5Answerer confidence 2/5 peer agreement (net): -2
x more dodos


Explanation:
that is what we used when our children were small...

L.J.Wessel van Leeuwen
South Africa
Local time: 04:07
Specializes in field
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in DutchDutch

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  1045: Et en français, on disait "encore 2 dodos" ...
1 hr
  -> et oui. on offre une idee et on se fait engue...

disagree  xxxCMJ_Trans: but "dodos" is French and frankly would not be understood by the average English speaker
4 hrs
  -> children are cleverer maybe?

neutral  xxxBourth: "go ni-nights X more time", maybe / There are many spellings! "nightie-nights", etc.
5 hrs
  -> you mean: nite-nite?

disagree  writeaway: with CMJ. a dodo is actually colloquial English for 'dope' (andouille)./a dodo in English is a loon/dope (but colloquial, not very harsh, used by kids mostly)
5 hrs
  -> i do not deal with dope so i wouldn't know...

disagree  Tony M: A translation INTO EN is asked for, and you have just given the FR word; in EN 'dodo' is an extinct bird, or a dope — nothing to do with sleep
10 hrs
  -> next time I can't sleep I 'll count dodos, the extinct type, not the "dope" one...

neutral  juliebarba: well if your parents told you to go to dodos, mine told me to go to bobos!
13 hrs
  -> at lst someone with a sense of humour.
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1 day9 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
X more bedtimes


Explanation:
Just seems more natural to me - it's something you only say to a child - I don't think I ever use the word "sleep" in the plural.

Josephine79
Local time: 04:07
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 12
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