English translation: motorcycle / motorcycle / moped
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Portuguese to English translations [PRO] Tech/Engineering - Automotive / Cars & Trucks / motorcycle terms
Portuguese term or phrase:motociclo vs. motocicleta
These two terms appear in a resolution issued by CONTRAN (Brazilian Traffic Department), and both seemingly mean "motorcycle". However, the client specifically requested that I make a distinction between the two terms in my translation. Any suggestions?
Thank you! I spoke with the client and found out that they had made a mistake and were actually more concerned about differentiating the word "ciclomotor" (i.e. moped), rather than motociclo/motocicleta, which can both be translated as "motorcycle". 4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer
Susy Ordaz Local time: 00:33 Native speaker of: English, Portuguese PRO pts in category: 4
Thank you! I spoke with the client and found out that they had made a mistake and were actually more concerned about differentiating the word "ciclomotor" (i.e. moped), rather than motociclo/motocicleta, which can both be translated as "motorcycle".
Explanation: "motociclo" (in English: moped) is a word meaning a small motorcycle a small motorcycle which also has pedals. This word is used in Brazil in formal texts; the informal word for that is "mobilette".
"motocicleta" (in English: motorcycle) is the general term used to describe a vehicle with two wheels and an engine. When used together with "motociclo", the word "motocicleta" means a motorcycle which is bigger than a moped.