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20:11 Jun 30, 2003
English to French translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase:I like to study stars
describe my ideal job, why I want to do this job, what I would enjoy about it
Explanation: I know you want to get a good grade, but I don't think this is the way to go about it.
Speaking as a longtime language teacher, I can assure you that if you turn in an assignment with the very sophisticated French of these excellent, professional translators, you will find yourself in very hot water with your teacher: a teacher can tell very quickly whether a student is writing at their own *level* of language learning.
Frankly, I'd advise you to go back and start your assignment over again *in French*, using the kinds of French structures you've already learned. If you don't know how to say something, here's a very handy hint: don't say it! Your teacher will never know what you were thinking and wanted to say (we may be very good at reading student papers, but we certainly can't read their minds!).
So go back through your book, find model sentences that look like what you want to say, and plug in the names, times, places, etc., that you want to talk about. Your teacher will be impressed, your French will have grown stronger through practice, and nobody will be put in an awkward position.
Good luck and happy writing.
Yolanda Stern Broad, Ph.D.
ProZ Moderator, French to English & Retired French professor
Yolanda Broad United States Local time: 07:22 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in pair: 720