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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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Is it correct to translate English noun adjuncts into adjectives?

This is related to a question about English noun sequences. The reason I'm asking is because of an apparent inconsistency in which constructions such as peanut butter, climate change or world war are ...
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Islamic terms in Esperanto

Because of the special status Arabic has in Islam, in most languages (including English), the terms used to refer to concepts or objects specific to Islam are usually lifted straight from Arabic ...
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How to say “files are in descending order of their names” in Esperanto?

I was trying to use the word, namely malkreska which I learnt from a Japanese dictionary that it would means 'in descending order'. Can you please help me to construct a sentence? My trial: La ...
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La plej bona traduko de la angla “Let's play it by ear”?

Ĉu "Ni ludu ĝin per orelo" havas la saman signifon kiel la angla, ke ni ne planas, anstataŭ decidos dum la afero kion fari?
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How would one say 'passing a buck' in Esperanto?

or equivalently 'shift the responsibility'. Thank you!
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Does 'Bebojn facile timigas per la tondro' sound natural?

The original sentence Babies are easily frightened by thunders. And how does timas and timigas change the meaning of the sentence? Many thanks!
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How are animal names translated into Esperanto?

Say we have an animal name, for example, "pufferfish", what steps could be taken to obtain its Esperanto translation? The steps I've taken so far are: Google "pufferfish esperanto" Look up Wikipedia ...
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How do you say “made by”?

I've stumbled upon a phrase which I cannot translate using dictionary itself. I would like to say something like "made by excessive use of technical terms" , so far I've been able to come up with ...
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Ĉu traduku aŭ ĉu ne traduku varmarkon? Should trade marks / brand names be translated?

Ŝajnas al mi, ke en Esperanto pli da origine fremdlingvaj (ne esperantaj) varmarkoj estas tradukataj en Esperanton, ol kutimas esti tradukata en la respektiva cellingvo en aliaj lingvoj. Ĉu mia ...
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What is “OK” in Esperanto?

I say "okay" quite often, both when speaking English and my native language, which is Swedish. Here are some examples of how I use it: To describe something, replacing words like fine, good enough, ...
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What does “mufe” mean?

Using vortaro.net, I found this definition for "prepucio" : "Haŭta refaldo, mufe ĉirkaŭanta la penisan glanon". I understood the meaning, but I don't know what "mufe" is. Vortaro.net doesn't have it, ...
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Suffixes -unt and -ut-

I just discovered the two conditional suffixes on vortaro.net: -ut- : la ofendutoj pardonu! -unt- : eĉ perfiduntan mi ŝin volas mia! But I don't understand the given exemples. Can someone help me ...
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Need help in translation for a letter written to my grandfather in esperanto

I have tried google translate, but i will be greatful if someone can help improve the translation. Thank you :) Oni Rorespondas en Esperanto Kairo, 16 Marto 1939. Sinjoro Sajed Ali Multanano, ...
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How do you formally wish someone well?

A formal way to wish someone well in English is to say "may [good things happen to you]", filling in whatever specific blessing you intend to give. For instance, "May you always be happy." I know ...
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How to say 'Poke someone in the ribs' in Esperanto?

I tried to construct the sentence: Piki al iu la flankon Does it make sense? If it does, please translate the sentence 'Nakamura poked Leo in his ribs' or 'Nakamura pokes Leo in his ribs' as an ...
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How do I say “uh-oh” in Esperanto?

I'm posting a lot of translation questions these days because I'm translating subtitles for a video. Some interjections have their specific Esperanto versions, like "ho" for "oh" (Swedish åh). Do we ...
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Kiel traduki «got him killed»?

En la angla oni povas diri «got him killed» por paroli pri io kio kaŭzis ke io mortigis lin. Ekzemple: All that gambling got him killed in the end. Do, tio estas ke la vetludado ne rekte mortigis ...
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How do you say that a song is catchy and stuck in your head?

My best: "Tiel mojosa! Ĝi vere fiksiĝis en mia kapo, nun."
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Ĉu ekzistas vorto en Esperanto por la angla vorto “jobsworth”?

Ĉu jam ekzistas vorto aŭ akceptita esprimo en Esperanto por la angla vorto jobsworth? (Tio ĉi signifas "laboristo, kiu rifuzas esti fleksebla rilate la regulojn de sia laboro por helpi klientojn (...
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How do you say, ‘I wiped down the table.’ in Esperanto?

My guess is, ‘Mi priviŝis la tablon.’ I mean in the sense of cleaning (as opposed to drying), but I am aiming, as does the English, at something more specific than, say, merely removing the dirty ...
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Is there an online Esperanto word stem “diagrammer?”

Is there a site or resource that will take an Esperanto word and diagram the different components? For example, given "malsanulejo," the "diagrammer" would return something like: mal-: prefix meaning ...
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Which is the appropriate translation of 'multilingual'?

I want to use the phrase in a multilingual dictionary. There are several options that I have in mind, but I have no idea which one (or none) should I memorise. lingva, multa lingva, multlingva, ...
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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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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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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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Best Esperanto for the “hot news perfect”

The "hot news perfect" is the past tense for very recent events, languages tend not to have a synthetic form for it, but they do have standard constructions, in English: I have just arrived or in ...
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How should I translate English noun-sequences into Esperanto?

I believe this is more of a grammatical question than a translational one. What I am referring to is things like this in English (using something I saw on Reddit as an example): Zamenhof Day ...
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How to translate “Pescatarian” into Esperanto?

In analogy to the word formation of vegetarano - legomo, can I have pesketarano - fiŝo which does not use the corresponding root of fish in Esperanto? Or fiŝ-vegetarano should be preferred? I wrote a ...
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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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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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What were Clarence Bicknell's Esperanto translations of Alfred Tennyson's poems published in?

I've found a lot of places claiming that he produced these translations, but no one seems to know where they were published(or whether they still exist at all in any format, for that matter).
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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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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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How does one express the English phrase “on your person” in Esperanto?

English has the useful expression of on you or on your person. For example, Do you have a pen on you? I'm not sure whether this is common usage in American parlance, but certainly in Britain it would ...
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Traduko de [de] “Pfanne” [en] “Flash Pan” [nl] “Kruitpan”

Saluton! Mi volas traduki la raporton de Dr. Paul Haller pri sia vojaĝo al la 10a Universala Kongreso en Parizo en la jaro 1914, kiu pro konataj kialoj ne okazis. En la raporto troviĝas la sekva frazo ...
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How do you say “continue doing”?

How do you say in Esperanto continue doing? For example: He continued living there for the rest of his life.
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General rule for translating a combined word like “fish farm” “car factory” “dog story”

A fish farm is a farm that farms fish. A car factory is a factory that makes cars. A dog story is a story about dogs. Point it, it looks like you can just put noun next to noun in English, and voila! ...
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How to say “Money Back Guarantee” in Esperanto?

Money back guarantee is a promise to refund if a customer is not satisfied with the product or service bought. The way I can think of this moment to express it in Esperanto is "garantio de mono ...
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How do you translate “Oh woe is me”?

The original phrasing is in yiddish, which is Oy vey ist mir (אױ װײ איז מיר). This is just a simply phrase that is said when something bad happens to oneself. According to google translate, the ...
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Is there a kind of Wordreference website for Esperanto?

Wordreference.com is a very good website to find translation of words between many languages but Esperanto is missing. I would like to know if there is a website where I can find an equivalent ...
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How can I translate “Pardonu !”?

As many people here, I'm learning Esperanto on Duolingo and it translates pardonu as excuse me or sorry. Is it possible to translate it as forgive me or pardon me ?
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What is the difference between “postuli” and “demandi”?

The verb to ask can be translated as postuli and demandi. Are the two words equivalent or are there differences?
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What is the difference between “anarĥiisto” and “anarkiisto”?

I was looking for a translation of the word anarchist on the web and I found two words to say it: anarĥiisto and anarkiisto. What is the difference between those two words? The website where I made ...
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How to say “common sense” in Esperanto?

I want to say "use your common sense" in Esperanto. How can I translate this to Esperanto? I found "sana prudento" in Reta Vortaro, so can I just say "uzu vian sanan prudenton?
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Kio estas la signifo de “pli farinta”?

Kunteksto: "la franca verkisto Romain Rolland tuj bonvenigis la supozatan decidon "historia evento, kies sekvoj estos grandegaj; ĝi estos pli farinta por la homara Internacio ol ĉiuj teoriaj diskutoj, ...
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How to translate “end-to-end encryption”?

How to translate “end-to-end encryption” to Esperanto? This term is missing in Komputeko. Can I translate this literally as “fin-al-fina ĉifrado”? Is that even an correct compound word? Or is there ...
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How to say “to set a clock”

How should I translate “to set a clock” in the sense of “to set a clock to the correct time.” (Not in the sense of “to set a clock on a table”.)
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Exceedingly Complex Tenses

I would like to know how to correctly compose very complicated verb tenses (more complex than esti+participle). Because their usage is so rare, this is a curiosity question rather than a practical one....