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How do I say "black people" respectfully in Esperanto?

According to PIV, negro and nigrulo are synonymous meaning a person from the black race. However, they sound derogative to my Scandinavian ears. Are they? Is there a less offensive word?
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How do you say "sunburn" in Esperanto?

I found sunfrapo in PIV, but I can't find any evidence that this term is actually used for “sunburn”. The only examples I can find seem to refer to heat stroke. (PIV lists both definitions.)
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What is "smartphone" in Esperanto?

In my native language, smartphone is a loanword. In Esperanto, I'd expect a kunmetaĵo. So far, I haven't seen any standard, and this surprises me. I've considered saĝtelefono, ruztelefono and ...
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How to say "streak"?

When you make a lesson every day on Duolingo, you have a streak of x days. Which word/expression one would preferably use for that in Esperanto? Which other meanings would it also have?
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How to translate "to manage to do something"?

In German this would be the verb zurechtkommen, it's meaning being very close to to succeed, but emphasis being more on the not failing part. Examples in English: It was hard to raise two children ...
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What's "feedback" in Esperanto?

What's feedback in Esperanto? I used respondo (for example, biologia respondo for biofeedback), but I think it may not be the best translation.
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What is "upside down" and "inside out" in Esperanto?

How can I say "upside down" and "inside out"? I find it difficult to translate them – I don't know which grammar constriction I should use. Most often the expressions describes a state, right? ...
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How do you say "blank" in Esperanto?

While playing a game with several experienced Esperanto players, nobody had a good solution to this. How would you pronounce a sentence like this one: “En mia domo estas ______ ĉambroj” In English, ...
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How can I say "to turn on/off"?

How can I say "to turn on/off" in these contexts: I have to turn on my computer first. Do you know how to turn off the autocorrect-function? Please turn off your phones before entering!
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How do you say "to name after"?

For example, In English I would say he was named after his grandfather because he has the same name as his grandfather. How would I express that in Esperanto?
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How to translate ‘anyway’?

What is a good translation for the word anyway with the meaning of getting back to a previously interrupted subject? Say you're talking about something, then you go off on some tangent. Usually when ...
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How to translate "logo" to Esperanto?

I've heard everything: emblemo, ikono, logotipo, marko, etc. I'd really love to have a general word that I can use like in English, but I'm doubtful that this exists in Esperanto. Is there any word ...
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Is there a general term for marriage which doesn’t exclude gay marriage?

The words related to marriage in Esperanto all seem to based on the edz- root. This seems problematic to me because it is gender specific. John Wells’ dictionary has this suggestion as a translation ...
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How to say "rather"?

I wonder how to translate "rather" in the meanings labelled 2, 3, 4 in its TheFreeDictionary entry: More readily; preferably: I'd rather go to the movies. More exactly; more accurately: He's ...
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How do you say "hang out" in Esperanto?

In English, the phrase hang out means something like to spend time doing nothing in particular. If I search for example sentences on tatoeba.org for the phrase "hang out" as in Let's hang out this ...
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Kio estas la diferenco inter bezoni kaj necesi?

Mi komprenas ke bezoni alvenis de la franca kaj necesi estas latina vorto. Ĉu gravas la diferenco inter la du vortoj?
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What do you call a thing from YouTube in Esperanto?

I have seen words such as filmo, filmeto, video, videaĵo, but people tend to disagree about what is correct or not. Is there a general consensus between dictionaries about the definitions? Can you ...
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How do you say "creepy"?

If you really think about it, some magical guy entering your house through the chimney in the middle of the night is kind of creepy. But how do you say creepy in Esperanto?
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Kiel oni diras esperante "to harass"?

Kiel oni diras esperante “to harass” aŭ “harassment”? En la Telegrama grupo ni konkludis, ke “sexual harassment” povus esti tradukata kiel “seksmolesto” (ĉu ekzistas pli bona traduko?). Tamen, ĉu “...
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What can I say instead of "zorgi"?

As I understand it, zorgi corresponds to all of these: to care Mi ne zorgas. Ĉu li eĉ zorgas pri ĉi tiaj aferoj? to take care of zorgi pri ĝardeno zorgi pri infano to worry ...
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Kion mi diru se mi fartas nek bone, nek malbone?

Se iu demandas al mi: Kiel vi fartas? Kion mi respondu kiam mi fartas nek bone, nek malbone. En aliaj lingvoj mi konas so-und-so (germana), comme ci comme ça (franca) kaj sådär (sveda).
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How do you say "a meme" in Esperanto?

Some words combined with an image can go viral and really stay in your head. This is a pretty universal concept. So how does one say it in the international language? How do you say "a meme" in ...
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What is a good translation of ‘never mind’?

What would be a good translation of never mind? I mean the following sense: If you're about to say something, but then realize that you no longer need to say that or no longer require a response to ...
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How do you say "a (romantic) date"?

I could go with rendevuo por amantoj, but is there a more common way to say it?
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La nuanco inter du malsametaj “ni”

En ĉina mandarino estas du vortoj por "ni" Women / 我们 Ni, sed la aŭskultanto ne estas inklusivita. Do Women nur reprezentas la diranton. Zanmen/咱们 Ni, inklusive la aŭskultanto. Do Zamen inklusivas ...
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How do you say "Toilet Seat"

I've seen this question asked on other sites and believe it or not, we discussed it at NASK (2016) in the advanced class. There was some disagreement on whether seĝo means the whole throne or whether ...
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What is "to afford" in Esperanto?

How can I say "to afford" in Esperanto? For example: I believe I can afford a new computer. We can't afford to lose this opportunity. They can't afford losing more time.
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Ĉi tie or ĉi-tie? Why do people sometimes hyphenate ĉi tie?

I’ve seen "ĉi tie", "tie ĉi", "tie-ĉi", "ĉi-tie". I’m pretty sure that any hyphenation is wrong, but I can’t find the sources for this. Maybe someone can clarify? Is “ĉi" ever hyphenated?
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What is "stress" in Esperanto?

How does one say "stress" and "stressed" in Esperanto? I am looking for a word used in these contexts: I am very stressed right now because of my upcoming exams. Stress is a common cause of headaches....
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How to say "I don't feel like it" in Esperanto

I've had trouble finding a phrase in Esperanto that can be used the same as "I don't feel like it." I've considered "emas", but I think that would describe my personality and not a temporary state. I ...
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What is the Esperanto word for “hype”?

My best guesses are “eksciti(ĝi)” and “furori(gi)”. Are those good enough or am I way off?
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What to use in place of "oops" in Esperanto?

In English Oops! is an interjection used to signal that one has (usually to one's own surprise) done something wrong, or that something one was doing didn't succeed as intended. In German Ups! (...
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What is a good translation for "nerd" in the modern sense?

I'm looking for a good translation for "nerd" as it is used in modern English, i.e. a person obsessively interested in certain topics but possibly lacking socials skills. For example computer nerds, ...
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Words for extrovert / introvert?

When I use the word "extrovert", I'm referring to someone who gains energy / recharges through social interactions. Similarly, when I use the word "introvert", I'm referring to someone who gains ...
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How do you say "good grades (or marks)" in school?

The word grades (or marks) can be translated into many things. I am having trouble finding the correct way to translate it into Esperanto. I am asking specifically about the grades you receive in ...
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How do you say "thumbs up" in Esperanto?

In many places online, things can be rated based on how many thumbs up or thumbs down it receives. How is this expressed in Esperanto? Similarly, the common movie critic expression: I give it two ...
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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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How can I say "cozy"?

Neither Revo nor Lernu gave me any results. I tried both the American and British spellings. These are some keywords from a website defining "cozy": small, warm, comfortable, pleasant, friendly. ...
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How is "pretty" translated?

Of course, I don't mean pretty as in good looking. I mean it in the (possibly more idiomatic) sense of "to a comfortable or moderately high degree, but not entirely". For example "That's pretty good." ...
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How can I say "It was worth it"?

The phrase "It was worth it" is useful quite often, but I'm struggeling to express the idea in Esperanto. At a congress I once heard someone say "Mi unue ne volis vekiĝi frue por matenmanĝi, sed ...
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What is "to skip" in Esperanto?

So far, I have neither heard nor thought of a good equivalent of the English to skip. Preterpasi is as close as I get, but it doesn't have the same meaning at all. Translating directly from my ...
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How do I translate "outsourcing"?

This is one of those words that people keep using in English even though they're speaking German or Swedish. Google translate suggested "subkontraktado", but I didn't find it in ReVo. I think an ...
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How do you say "farm" - a place to grow crops?

Some options that I've heard include farmo, farmejo, farmbieno, and bieno. Looking at the definitions of these words, none seems to fit. Is "farm" an international concept? How do you express this ...
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What is "a snack" in Esperanto?

A snack is a small meal eaten between regular meals. It could for example be some fruit or nuts or a small sandwich. What can I say in Esperanto?
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How to translate "used to"?

How does one translate "used to"? But this definition: use: describing an action or state of affairs that was done repeatedly or existed for a period in the past. Examples: "You used to call me ...
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How can I say "to feel comfortable"?

I know that komforta means comfortable, as in "This chair is comfortable". I am looking for a way to say "I feel comfortable". I suspect that mi sentas min komforta and mi komfortas are wrong. How ...
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How would you say "mindful" without losing meaning?

There are several uses for the word "Mindful" and "Mindfulness". Both, in the modern sense, relate to the practice of being present. This state of mind is usually associated with meditation practices. ...
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What is "deep fried" in Esperanto?

I have learned that "fried potatoes" is "frititaj terpomoj" in Esperanto. Are those "deep fried"? In my native language (swedish) the terms for "putting food in a hot pan (possibly covered with some ...
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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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What is "I'm single" in Esperanto?

How can I name the state of not being in a relationship? A search for "single" gave me: unuopa - which I assume is in the sense of "single, not double" solulo - an alone person, a lonely person, a ...

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