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traenenverschmiert

English translation: streaked with tears / with tear-streaked faces

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15:34 Aug 12, 2000
German to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary
German term or phrase: traenenverschmiert
An old lady has just died. Her sons are griefstricken. "Sie liefen traenenverschmiert hin und her." This is a literary translation. I suppose there's no perfect direct translation, but what's closest?
Kim Martin Metzger
English translation:streaked with tears / with tear-streaked faces
Explanation:
When I read the sentence, I see them walking through the room and their faces are streaked with tears. Maybe something like: They were pacing with tear-streaked faces. Hth, Eva
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Eva Gerkrath
Netherlands
Local time: 16:12
Grading comment
Danke schoen, Eva. Das passt sehr gut.
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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Summary of answers provided
nasee below
Nina Gettler
nablinded by tears
DespinaB
naPlease see below
two2tango
nastreaked with tears / with tear-streaked facesEva Gerkrath
natearful/in tears/with tears in their eyesFionaT


  

Answers


13 mins
tearful/in tears/with tears in their eyes


Explanation:
"Traenenverschmiert" I would say is literally along the lines of "covered in tears", but as you can't really use that as an expression, I would choose one of these three:
"tearful(ly)": crying or about to cry.
"in tears": actually crying.
"with tears in their eyes": speaks for itself really
Maybe "in tears" is not so good, as it can only be used if they are actually crying.

FionaT
Netherlands
Local time: 16:12
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in DutchDutch
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31 mins
streaked with tears / with tear-streaked faces


Explanation:
When I read the sentence, I see them walking through the room and their faces are streaked with tears. Maybe something like: They were pacing with tear-streaked faces. Hth, Eva

Eva Gerkrath
Netherlands
Local time: 16:12
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 54
Grading comment
Danke schoen, Eva. Das passt sehr gut.
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48 mins
Please see below


Explanation:
- tearful
- reduced to tears
- in tears
- with tears in their eyes
Gruesse!

two2tango
Argentina
Local time: 11:12
Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish
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1 hr
blinded by tears


Explanation:
"verschmieren" has the nuance of "verwischen" or TO BLUR (something written).
You could perhaps stretch that to mean their vision.

DespinaB
Austria
Local time: 16:12
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 100
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1 hr
see below


Explanation:
I definitely agree with Eva. I think her translation comes closest to the German meaning.

Nina

Nina Gettler
Local time: 07:12
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 36
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