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English translation: smooth, rapid

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German term or phrase:speditiv
English translation:smooth, rapid
Entered by: Heather Starastin
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06:35 Jun 22, 2000
German to English translations [PRO]
German term or phrase: speditiv
This term comes from a job certificate written by a Swiss company. I can't find it in any German dictionary. Are there any Swiss translators around who can help?
Helga Volz
smooth, rapid
Explanation:
Grüezi mitenand! Having spent several years in or near Switzerland, I can confirm that this is a uniquely Swiss expression, which approximates more or less to "flott". I would suggest "smooth/ly" and/or "rapid/ly", depending on on your context.HTH!
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Heather Starastin
Canada
Local time: 05:23
Grading comment
Thanks a lot for your rapid or should I say "speditiv" reply. It hit the nail on the head.
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Summary of answers provided
nabrisk, rapid, swiftAnya Malhotra
naefficientLydia Biberacher
nasee belowDan McCrosky
naSee belowCami Townsend
nasmooth, rapid
Heather Starastin


  

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29 mins
smooth, rapid


Explanation:
Grüezi mitenand! Having spent several years in or near Switzerland, I can confirm that this is a uniquely Swiss expression, which approximates more or less to "flott". I would suggest "smooth/ly" and/or "rapid/ly", depending on on your context.HTH!

Heather Starastin
Canada
Local time: 05:23
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in pair: 166
Grading comment
Thanks a lot for your rapid or should I say "speditiv" reply. It hit the nail on the head.
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29 mins
See below


Explanation:
According to my Duden Deutsches Universal Wörterbuch, "speditiv" in Swiss usage means "rasch vorankommend, zügig," with "speditives Arbeiten" and "etw. speditiv erledigen" being given as examples. How you want to convey that in English would depend on how the word is used (as an adj. or adverb) and what it modifies. I would suggest words like "diligent" and "industrious," but they don't necessarily convey a sense of speed as much as a sense of steadiness and conscientiousness. At any rate, the idea is to make headway quickly. Sorry I can't be any more creative than that right now.

Cami Townsend
PRO pts in pair: 227
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1 hr
see below


Explanation:
adj. or adv. forms of prompt, quick, rapid, instantaneous, straight away, forthwith, immediate, brisk, efficient, smart, speedy, smooth, etc - HTH - Dan

Dan McCrosky
Local time: 11:23
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 1541
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1 hr
efficient


Explanation:
the term "speditiv" includes, rapidly, but doing it the best way
Lydia

Lydia Biberacher
Germany
Local time: 11:23
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5 hrs
brisk, rapid, swift


Explanation:
I'm having trouble today getting to ProZ so bear with me if you have already received answers to this.
The Wahrig gives the following for speditiv: adj. (schweiz.) rasch (vorankommend), zuegig. Lacking further context, you can take your pick from the above.

Anya Malhotra
Local time: 15:53
PRO pts in pair: 48
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