Andrew Woods
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How to translate "smoothie" in Esperanto?
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Smuzio is fine for the specific use of trinkaĵo farita (el fruktoj kajaŭ legomoj) per miksilo. It is just an Esperanto respelling of "smoothie", which is very international. The clunky alternatives, ...

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Translated sentences of Kellerman's 'A complete grammar of Esperanto'
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I found the following partial solution set by Vaughn Seward: ANSWER KEY (PDF) Unfortunately it only goes up to Lesson 17 (out of about 60). I also found an online Hebrew version of the book which ...

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What is "to skip" in Esperanto?
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Preterpasi means to move past, to pass. (Note that PIV does not accept transitive uses of unadorned pasi except as an "archaic" equivalent of trapasi.) Mi preterpasis lin en la koridoro. I ...

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Compound Tenses
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The short forms are correct, and I would not blink if someone used kurantis ("was running") or irontis ("was about to go"). However, ordinary Esperanto style tends to avoid compound tenses, and I ...

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Translating single-word commands
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Your examples look like labels for buttons instructing the program to do something on your behalf. It is generally felt that -i is best: ŝati, komenti, kunhavigi, voĉdoni pore etc. The idea is that ...

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Should I use "komencas" or "komenciĝas" when talking about which letter a word begins with?
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Komenci is transitive. If we are told that a word komencas, then what does it komenci? The only immediately intelligible answer is "itself". So it komencas sin or komenciĝas (= "is begun"). Lia nomo ...

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Ĉu la tabelvorto "ĉies" signifas "de ĉiu" aŭ "de ĉiuj"?
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Ambaŭ estas ĝustaj, kaj la poseda rilato povas preni iun ajn formon: de unu al unu, de unu al pluraj, de pluraj al unu, de pluraj al pluraj, ktp. Ĉies patrino ricevos cent dolarojn. (= la patrino de ...

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How old is a "knabino"?
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Strictly speaking, the words refer to children who have not completed puberty. I think, if you want to be very colloquial, it is probably less confusing to say ulo and ulino. If someone pointed out ...

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What's the difference between the words "aĵo" and "esto" and "estaĵo"
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Here are definitions of the three main words you mentioned: aĵo — thing or substance (of a vague kind) esto — the state of being, existence, presence estaĵo — a being, thing that exists (usually a ...

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How to say "stirring spoon" in Esperanto?
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My first impulse would be to call it a ligna kulero or lignokulero, but since there are places where people use wood (e.g. bamboo) for table cutlery, perhaps you might prefer ligna kuirkulero, ...

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What is the difference between the many words for "number"?
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The difference between nombro and numero is that nombro refers to the number itself, as a concept, while numero refers purely to a label. Ŝi havas grandan nombron da ekzemploj. She has a large number ...

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What is "jewelry" in Esperanto?
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In English, jewel usually means a precious stone. It is sometimes used for the item of clothing incorporating it, but it is more common to say a piece of jewellery or an item of jewellery, etc. The ...

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Are there other alternatives to "ekzemple"?
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You don't even need a word there. Mi havas multajn hobiojn: naĝi [or naĝadon], promeni, kudri, kaj tiel plu. It is possible to use kiel, but it feels a little incomplete without ekzemple. ...

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How do you say "creepy"?
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I think timetiga is fine. Dictionaries give things like tremiga and harstariga. Here are some ideas: koboldeca, diableca, fantomeca — goblinish, devilish, ghostly harstariga, (tim)tremiga — hair-...

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What's "think tank" in Esperanto?
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Vikipedio donas la vorton pensfabriko, kiu konservas la familiarecon de la angla. Alie, vi povas uzi publikafera instituto aŭ ŝtatafera fondaĵo ktp. Origine, think tank (laŭlitere, penso-cisterno) ...

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What's "feedback" in Esperanto?
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Feedback has several meanings in English. In science and engineering, a circuit providing feedback is a retrokuplo, and the result can be pozitiva/negativa retrokuplado or -eco. (Kupli is to couple.) ...

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How do I refer to intelligent life?
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The simple answer should work: inteligenta vivo, referring to living things who are capable of reason, raciaj estaĵoj, or vivuloj kapablaj je rezono. In Monato, SETI is glossed as Serĉado de ...

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Kio estas la diferenco inter "skatolo" kaj "kesto"?
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Permesu al mi citi pravigojn el la Lernu-forumo: Kesto estas pli fortika ol skatolo, kaj ĉiam granda. En sia traduko de La Batalo de l' Vivo, Zamenhof metis fajreltenaj kestoj kun pendantaj ...

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When I assign sex to an animal, does it become li / ŝi?
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Zamenhof's intuition was that human beings could be li, ŝi, or ĝi, but that animals are always ĝi. Kiam oni parolas pri bestoj, mi konsilas ĉiam uzi nur la senseksan pronomon “ĝi”, — ne sole kiam (en ...

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How do you say "to name after"?
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Li portas/ricevis la nomon de sia avo. Al li estis donita la nomo de lia avo. Li estis nomita (baptita) per la nomo de sia avo. Li estis nomita samnome de sia avo. Li estis nomita je sia avo. The ...

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"far"="fare de", "per"="pere de", ĉu oni povus apliki ĉi tiun regulon al aliaj vortoj?
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Ne, ne ekzistas ia regulo de tiu speco. Kiam vorto aŭdiĝas sen taŭga finaĵo, preskaŭ ĉiam oni devus supozi ke la preterlasita finaĵo estus -o. La malofta vorto far estas esence mallongigo de fare de. ...

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How can I say "overwhelming"?
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The original meaning of whelm was "to turn upside down", and overwhelm may have originally meant "to capsize", and thus "to submerge." A lot of this is preserved in modern usage. So, the closest you ...

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Kiel esperantigi la esperimon "O2O"
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Laŭŝajne, O2O, online-to-offline estas kvazaŭ-anglalingva esprimo, uzata preskaŭ nur en Ĉinio, por fako de merkatiko. Ĝi aludas retan reklamadon kiu penas gvidi aĉetontojn al fizikaj butikoj. Evidente,...

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How do you say "play hard to get" in Esperanto?
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Here are some ideas: taksi sin altapreza to consider oneself dear ŝajnigi sin neinteresata, nekortuŝebla to make a show of being uninterested, unmoved ludi la forulinon, la fierulinon to play the ...

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What is a good translation for "nerd" in the modern sense?
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Nerdo and giko are widespread internationalisms, and likely to be understood by most readers. However, they obviously reproduce the ambiguity you have described: malŝikuleto versus obseduleto. If you ...

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How to choose fid- versus kred-?
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The primary meaning of kredi is believe (a statement). The primary meaning of fidi is trust (a person). So the original distinction is between putting faith in an idea, or in a person. For example, ...

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Kiel oni povas mallongigi la vortojn „ŝalti/malŝalti“ aŭ „enŝalti/elŝalti“?
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Se spaco ege mankas, vi povas uzi Ŝ kaj MŜ. Tamen, pli kutimaj estas EK kaj HALT.

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I-verbo kun relativa «kiu»
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Tiaj esprimoj estas ĝustaj. Ili ne havas, kion manĝi, ili ne havas, per kio hejti la fornon. They do not have anything to eat, they do not have anything to heat the stove with. (Marta) Oni ankaŭ ne ...

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Is there a better expression for "over there" than "tie"?
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You can just say tie or tien, probably the best choice when pointing at an empty location. La ĝusta loko estas tie. The correct position is over there. Metu ĝin tien. Put it over there. However, you ...

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How do you say "grounding", as in a grounding aroma?
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This is an interesting one, especially as the English phrase grounding aroma is itself not self-explanatory. Being grounded can refer to being physically, emotionally, mentally, energetically and/...

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