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How do you say 'ho hum' in Esperanto?

The title says it all. I can't find it in any of the standard references.
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Kiel esprimi la ideon de “to pick up [something]”

Mi serĉas bonan verbon por esprimi la jenan koncepton: En iu loko estas objekto, kiun mi bezonas. Ĝi povas simple esti tie libere prenebla aŭ ĝi apartenas al iu, kiu pretas doni ĝin al mi tie. Mi ...
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How to translate “trade mark” or “brand” (whether registered or not)?

What is the Esperanto word for "trade mark" or "brand"? In ReVo I found "komerca marko" and "fabrikmarko" that don't seem to be further explained there, but might be fitting. Though: Can e.g. "...
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How do you say ‘vegetable oil’ in Esperanto?

My guess is ‘vegetala oleo’ (or, ‘vegetoleo’ for short).
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Who interviewed whom?

The Vikipedio article on Steve Allen https://eo.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Allen says that Steve Allen interviewed Esperantist William Harmon about Esperanto, but I would have thought it would be the ...
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How do you say 'entrechat' in Esperanto?

I can't find 'entrechat' in the standard sources, and Google Translate throws its hands up at it.
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How do you say 'turnabout' in Esperanto?

I can't find a translation for 'turnabout' in the standard Esperanto sources, and Google Translate throws up its hands at it.
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How do you say 'tamale' in Esperanto?

Google translate only gives 'tamale', which can't be correct, not ending in 'o'.
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Vi amas kiu aŭ kiun?

The phrase Vi amas kiu? Is that correct? or should it have an -n on the end of kiu? Google translate says it shouldn't have one, I believe the -n goes on direct objects, can you determine that ...
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Kiom traduki “unit [of measurement]” (de “Maßeinheit”)?

The English noun "unit" has several meanings, one of them (meaning No. 2 on Wiktionary) being the category of "meter", "inch", "volt", "ounces", "milliliters" etc. unit (plural units) (...
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Ĉu “trapasi ekzamenon” signifas ke oni sukcesis je ĝi?

Ĉu trapasi ekzamenon signifas ke oni sukcesis aŭ nur ke oni ĉeestis kaj partoprenis, sen diri ion ajn pri la rezulto? La angla kaj la franca havas similajn esprimojn, sed laŭ mia kompreno ili ne ...
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What is the difference between “flari” and “odori”?

Both words seem to be defined as 'to smell'.
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paniki, panikigi kaj panikiĝi

Ĉu la verbo "paniki" estas transitiva aŭ netransitiva verbo? Laŭ PIV ĝi estas transitiva verbo, sed laŭ ReVo ĝi estas netransitiva verbo, kies transitiva uzo estas evitinda. Estas malkongruo inter ...
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Verb form in Esperanto Cooking Recipes

How are cooking recipes written in Esperanto? Cooking recipes are a very special genre with respect to verb form, in German (my mother tongue) the infinitive is used as a substitute for the ...
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Verb form used for sounds in Comics

What Esperanto verb form is used for sounds in comics when the sound cannot be described easily by spelling it out? An example is English sigh, German seufz (note the pure verb stem being used here, a ...
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Who is “Kola Adzaj” - an African Esperantist present at the 1937 World Congress in Warsaw, Poland?

In a text written in Hebrew, it's author, Polish Jewish esperantist Icchak Kominkowski, speaks about a friend named "Kola Adzaj", from Africa, who visited Warsaw at the occasion of the 1937 World ...
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How to translate “rape”? [closed]

Committing rape is generally rendered in the E-o texts I read by "perforto", or "seksperforto". This formula just falls too flat on my ears. There is a beautiful and telling E-o root-verb, trudi, ...
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What is the correct word for “Future”?

For example, I've come across two different words, 'futuro' and 'estonteco'. According to several dictionaries 'futuro' relates to the future tense, whereas 'estonteco' refers to a future time. How ...
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La kvanto da fiŝoj en la maro pli kaj pli “malmultas/malmultiĝas”?

Mi ie legis la frazon "La kvanto da fiŝoj en la maro pli kaj pli malmultas.". La vorto "malmultas" iomete ĝenas min, ĉar "malmultas" signifas "estas malmulte da". Iel mi sentas, ke "malmultiĝas" estus ...
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Kion ekzakte signifas la sufikso «-em-»?

Ĉu la sufikso -em- signifas longdaŭran tendencon al la radika vorto, aŭ ĉu nur momentan deziron por ĝi? Mi demandas pro ĉi tiu demando en kiu oni proponas dormema kiel tradukon de la angla vorto ...
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“I am sleepy” in Esperanto

What is the correct way to say “i am sleepy” in esperanto? Google translate insists - erroneously - on “Mi dormas” (I am sleeping / I sleep), but that’s not what i’m looking for. A person that is ...
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Can affixes appear in roots?

From what I've seen so far, roots never end in a suffix or start with a prefix. I've reasoned that it should be that way: If roots contained affixes, it would be confusing and give the impression ...
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O-vorto + post + O-vorto

En Tekstaro (Robinsono Kruso) mi trovis: [...] mi eble estus povinta surterigi la tutan ŝipŝarĝon, pecon post pecon Estis enuige vagi, tagon post tagon Mi komprenus ekz. meti pecon post ...
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Kiel diri “bonvolu” sen aldona verbo? How to say “please” without another verb?

In many West-European languages, the word or expression to mark polite requests ("please", "bitte", "s'il vous plaît") can be used with or without an (additional) verb (usually in imperative). The ...
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Kiel disting(ig)i du signifojn de “kiel”?

Kiel havas kelkajn signifojn. Estas malfacile distingi aŭ distingigi du el ili. Ekzemple: Kiel infano mi spertis feliĉajn jarojn. "As a child" kaj "like a child" estas ĝustaj tradukaĵoj de kiel ...
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Is the Esperanto infinitive ambiguous?

Mi trovis vin manĝi The most likely way to interpret this is I found you eating, meaning that it is you whom I found, it is you who was eating, and you were eating when I found you. Here, manĝi is a "...
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How to use letters in accusative?

In my math book, it describes "the projection of b onto a." Esperanto translates "onto" as "en" + an o-word in the accusative. This effect on consonants is obvious because they end in -o when ...
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What is ”size” in Esperanto?

I can tell the difference betweeen a quantity and the presence of a quality. rapido - speed / rapideco - quickness longo - length / longeco - longness pezo - weight / pezeco - heaviness I thought ...
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Double suffixes?

Is there any specific rule which forbids the same suffix applied twice in a row? Context: I've randomly tried to imagine what programming variables would be called in Esperanto and realized that "...
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How to translate “tutorial”?

I'd like to help translate the Django Girls tutorial to Esperanto. That tutorial is a written step-by-step instruction guiding readers/learners through almost everything needed to build a functional ...
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What is the purpose of the -aĵ- suffix?

I've been learning Esperanto on my own, and recently found the -aĵ- suffix. As far as my understanding goes, this is used to get the concrete/physical/real version of a concept. For example, havaĵo, ...
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Are different writing systems other than (extended) Latin alphabet used in Esperanto?

Would using (for example) cyrillic for writing in Esperanto be considered correct? Екземпле, чу чи тиу фразо естас коректа ен Есперанто? Се ви компренас серба цирила алфабето, ви повус капабли ...
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What are origins of basic suffixes?

Is there an explicit reason for -o, -a, -e, -i? The longer ones vaguely remind me of similar words/constructs in different languages that influenced Esperanto, but the very basic ones seem completely ...
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Kio estas la indikilo de ŝanĝo de aktualaĵo en Esperanto?

La Angla havas "Now," kaj "Next," por indiki novan aktualaĵon. Ekzemple, jen ĉi tiuj: "Next, we move on to logarithms." aŭ (de la ekspoziciaĵo de John Oliver) "And now, this." Kiel oni diras ...
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Grammar for ordinal numbers greater than 10

Saluton! It is to my understanding that cardinal numbers are constructed with a -a prefix. First - 1st - unua Second - 2nd - dua ~ Tenth - 10th - deka Based on this, would "eleventh" be deka unua ...
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Ĉu “pove” estas vorto?

Ŝajnas a mi, ke "pove", de "povas", ne estas vorto, laŭ La Plena, sed mi pensus, ke "pove" signifus ion similan kiel "eble" aŭ "kapable." Kion vi pensas? Feel free to correct my Esperanto!
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How free is word order in a sentence with infinitives

Infinitives do not have case markers. "Mi ŝatas lerni" is the typical order, and so is "egzameni asisti la detektivon". But could "lerni ŝatas mi" work, noting that "mi" is not in accusative and is ...
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Why is there no plural “kio,” like “kioj?”

Why is this nonstandard Esperanto? "Kio estas en la bovlo?" versus "Kioj estas en la bovlo?" when you're pretty sure you're asking about multiple items. This also applies if you're wondering what ...
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KER B2 to C1 study advice

This year I passed the KER B2 exam and I'm now already contemplating what it would take to reach the next level ... other than time :) Is there any advice to share on the preparation from intermediate ...
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Translation of names

In my free time, I'm translating a book to Esperanto as a way of learning. Of the character names, some of them have 'x' in their names. I thought I would keep them, since I'm using diphongs, so Lux ...
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Translating “X would be as if Y”

A couple of times when arguing with someone on facebook (an important procrastination activity) I wanted to say something like "something happening would be as if something else happened", as in say "...
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Ekkrio pro malpureco aŭ naŭziĝo

Kion vi ekkrius/dirus, kiam vi trovus subite kaj neatendante ion aparte malpuran, naŭzan, malbonodoran, ktp? Mi ne povis trovi bonan esprimon por tio. Mi nur trovis en mia nederlanda-Esperanto-...
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Kiel traduki el la angla “item”, kiam oni ne povas uzi la vorton “elemento”?

Saluton! Mi devas traduki retejajn tekstojn, kie aperas ambaŭ anglaj vortoj "item" kaj "element". La diferencon inter la du bone klarigas tiu ĉi paĝo: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/31427117/...
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tiom pri… kiel pri…

Ĉu estas gramatike ĝusta la jena frazo el Tekstaro (Artikoloj el Monato)?: Temas eĉ ne tiom pri la enlitaj momentoj, kiel pri ties prezento. Ĉu ne devas nepre esti kiom pri anstataŭ kiel pri?
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Ŝanĝiĝo de akcento rilate aldonon de -on al fremdaj nomoj

Mi legas la libron La Fermita Urbo de István Nemere. En tiu libro la aŭtoro uzas ne tute Esperantigitajn nomojn, ekzemple Terlik. Mi prononcus tion kiel Térlik, kun akcento sur la unua silabo (la ...
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Seeking a translation for a specific use of the English word “claim”

tl;dr: Is "pretendi" an appropriate translation of the English "to claim" in the sense of an insurance claim? According to ReVo, "to claim" is simply "pretendi". However, the definitions (there and ...
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How to say “add fuel to the fire” in Esperanto?

The English proverb "add fuel to the fire" means "to worsen a situation or conflict, to cause it to become more intense". Similar proverbs also exist in other languages, for example in Dutch ("olie op ...
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Logic behind “ĉiu”?

In Esperanto, why does ĉiu mean "every" when ĉi serves elsewhere as a proximal prefix (e.g. ĉi-flanke) and -u is a suffix meaning "one"? Why does this not mean "this one" just as ti+ -u means "that ...
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How to translate the pro- suffix from English?

In English you can say pro-whatever to say that you are in favour of something, such as pro-independence. I sometimes see people use the same suffix in Esperanto such as in mi estas pro-eŭropa. This ...
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“Pli malgranda” aŭ “malpli granda”?

Mi volas diri "smaller". Ĉu estas ajna alieco en signifo inter "pli malgranda" kaj "malpli granda"? Ĉu ili estas ĝuste samaj? I want to say "smaller". Is there any difference in meaning between "pli ...

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