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Did I translate this poem into French correctly?

Did I translate this poem into French correctly? I'm looking more along the lines of grammar and vocabulary usages and so forth. (This is not a homework assignment; I just did it for fun.) [more inside]
posted by joethefob on Jun 1, 2014 - 9 answers

How to identify particularly good French translations of English books?

My SO prefers reading in French, and I'm introducing her to some of my favourite English-language books. Is there a site somewhere that I can use to look up which books are agreed to have really great translations from English to French? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Apr 9, 2014 - 7 answers

Decyphering this handwritten antique French legal document/curio

I need some help in translating further a curio I purchased recently - a short handwritten legal document (approx. 100 words) from Toulouse France, dated year 1672. My paid help has given up, so I am appealing to you! [more inside]
posted by 2ears1mouth0brain on Jan 31, 2014 - 7 answers

Can you translate these lyrics French ->English?

Can anyone translate the French lyrics of Grenadine's "Sainte-Flavie" into English for me? Google Translate results are typically incomprehensible. Lyrics inside. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by HotToddy on Sep 20, 2013 - 6 answers

"Please don't pull any punches" (or something) in French?

Let's say you wanted to ask something like "Do I look fat in this?" Doing so would cause many or most people to take your feelings into account when answering, and so if the answer really were "Yes, you look fat in that", you might not get an honest answer. So, if you really did want an honest answer, in English you might also say something like "Please don't worry about hurting my feelings", or "Please don't pull any punches", or "Please be brutally honest". How would one say the same sort of thing in French? Not necessarily direct literal translations of those phrases, but preferably a standard (and perhaps idiomatic) phrase getting the same point across.
posted by Flunkie on Sep 18, 2013 - 7 answers

French speakers; shameless free translation request

Going through family papers, my partner recently found a 1950s newspaper article in French, detailing his grandfather's visit back to the area of France in which he spent most of his time in WW1. Google Translate gives us a stilted, semi-incomprehensible translation. We've recently been transcribing his grandfather's war letters and this article would be a wonderful addition to the document. I would be very grateful and owe a favour to anyone willing to have a go at turning it into English for us. It's only 276 words, so hopefully not too difficult. Text is under the cut. [more inside]
posted by andraste on Aug 21, 2013 - 9 answers

Could a fluent French speaker translate this for me?

I would like to know what the beginning of this song says translated to English from French (I'm assuming it's French; at least that's what it sounds like to me). Also, if there's any relevant information you can give me about the French that would be great (e.g., "It's a quotation from..." or "Everyone in France knows that this means..."). Nicolaas Jaar - Etre (Single Link Vimeo).
posted by uncannyslacks on Mar 10, 2013 - 8 answers

Do you speak French? Could you help me translate this?

My piano teacher gave me the music for this. The video is of one of my fave pianists (Cortot) giving a masterclass on the piece and I'd really like to know what he's saying. (Hope this is the appropriate place to ask.)
posted by mermily on Jan 27, 2013 - 11 answers

Pourquoi mon shampoing en français?

Why do so many bathroom/toiletry product labels have (usually poor) French translations (in US markets)? No other household products have these translations - just bathroom stuff.
posted by dmd on Aug 4, 2012 - 11 answers

What Does The French Text on The Drawing Say?

French speaking friends on Ask Mefi - Can you please tell me what the text on this drawing says? Full drawing. Close up.
posted by extrabox on May 16, 2012 - 17 answers

What does "jouir en bien" mean in English?

I need a translation of a family motto: "jouir en bien" or "joir en bien". [more inside]
posted by cda on Apr 4, 2012 - 10 answers

English translation of French lyrics sung by Czech band?

What's the English translation of these French songs sung by the Czech band Miou Miou? [more inside]
posted by nicebookrack on Feb 9, 2012 - 2 answers

Not quite le gripe?

Potential medical emergency filter - I need help translating the symptoms for dyssentery into French ASAP. (gross Medical TMI warning) [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Sep 15, 2011 - 11 answers

How would you translate this into English?

How would you translate this into English? Il n'est voisin qui ne voisine. I know it's a French idiom, but what does it mean?
posted by degoao on Sep 14, 2011 - 9 answers

Reccomendations for accessible French texts for a hobbiest literary translator.

Recommend litetary French texts for beginner translation. [more inside]
posted by choppyes on Jul 16, 2011 - 10 answers

Is my cabbage a boy or a girl?

Please help us with French translation for an engraving on a wedding ring! Details inside. [more inside]
posted by DeucesHigh on Apr 17, 2011 - 6 answers

lost in translation

How can I begin getting low-key freelance work in French --> English translation? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Mar 16, 2011 - 13 answers

How to prepare for a career in Translation (English/French)

My partner did not get into a French translation program. What courses should she do to prepare? [more inside]
posted by angusiguess on Mar 15, 2011 - 3 answers

bloggez-vous français?

Where online would French-language bloggers hang out? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Aug 9, 2010 - 4 answers

Superfluous Ne

Is ne superfluous before devoir in the french? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Jul 29, 2010 - 17 answers

French articles online?

Where can I find good academic articles written in French online? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Jul 13, 2010 - 9 answers

Translation Help~

I need the Japanese and French equivalents of this sentence, please~ [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie on May 16, 2010 - 14 answers

I need help with translating a biological term from French to English

My colleagues are working in animal science and are often using the term "loi de réponse de l'animal" to describe how biological parameters (e.g. milk production in dairy cows) change in response to a stimulus (e.g. modifying the diet). Potential English translations such as "animal response law(s)" do not seem correct. The concept seems pretty simple, so is there an obvious English translation that would cover this?
posted by elgilito on May 14, 2010 - 13 answers

Can you translate this French handwriting?

I received a note in French but don't know what it means. Can you translate this? [more inside]
posted by kongg on Mar 2, 2010 - 18 answers

maxed out the points on your bilingual poetic license?

seeking 'idiomatic' translations of 'wicked game' into french and spanish. (ie: what would manu do?) [more inside]
posted by kimyo on Jan 23, 2010 - 4 answers

I can't go on. I'll go on.

Beckett translation needed badly, please. En Francais. Please look up, or translate the last couple lines of The Unnameable ( L'Innommable ) for me. In English, it works out to: "I can't go on. I'll go on." What is the French? [more inside]
posted by cascando on Nov 26, 2009 - 5 answers

Quoting Proust

Looking for a Marcel Proust quote in the original French. [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf on Oct 23, 2009 - 3 answers

What’s “Peanut Butter Cups” in French?

How would I write “Peanut Butter Cups” in French? [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic on Oct 2, 2009 - 15 answers

What does "s'en fout la mort" mean?

What's the literal translation of the French film title "S'en fout la mort"? [more inside]
posted by Awkward Philip on Aug 17, 2009 - 12 answers

The Doors of Opium

Looking for a good english translation of the essay Les portes de l’opium by Marcel Schwob.
posted by jammy on Jan 11, 2009 - 2 answers

Help me translate skills into money and interpret my path.

Should I be a french translator/interpeter and how? [more inside]
posted by kenzi23 on Jan 6, 2009 - 6 answers

Help me translate a short French passage

French translation subtlety: I'm translating a document on human rights defenders, and am not quite sure of a particular passage. Francophile assistance requested. [more inside]
posted by molybdenum on Dec 10, 2008 - 4 answers

N'oubliez pas ne rendre mon crayon

Translating the French dialog in Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain. [more inside]
posted by nanojath on Oct 29, 2008 - 2 answers

Quickie Spanish and French translation

Spanish and French help please -- quick translation for the following: "Alternatively, please email us at email@email.com." [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Oct 23, 2008 - 17 answers

Where can I find English translations of European comics?

Is there any database or online fan community focused on translating European comics? [more inside]
posted by monkeyagent on Aug 14, 2008 - 2 answers

Can you help translate this into French?

I need help translating something into French! I need to find out if someone received a fax with payment information and whether we were charged for our purchases. [more inside]
posted by leesh on Jun 12, 2008 - 7 answers

Did Kraftwerk translate The Man-Machine into French?

When I was younger I was told that Kraftwerk's Man-Machine/Mensch-Maschine album had a French-language version (L'homme-machine, presumably) that was never released. Does anyone know whether this is true or not? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Apr 19, 2008 - 4 answers

Best French-English/English-French science dictionary?

Francofilter (part 2) (part 1): What's my best option for a science/technical French-English/English-French dictionary? [more inside]
posted by solotoro on Apr 12, 2008 - 5 answers

How would the Hulk say "Hulk Smash!" in French?

If the Incredible Hulk were French, how would he say his famous "Hulk Smash!"?? [more inside]
posted by Naberius on Mar 11, 2008 - 23 answers

You dirty jade! Wait, what?

"He's a dirty jade!" "Go ahead and sleep with him you dirty jade!" This insult was used repeatedly in the Zola book I was reading last night. When I searched for it this morning, Google returned results for other uses in at least three other Zola novels. What does it refer to? (As the more inside explains, I think it's actually an English-language insult, as the original contains something else.) [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Jan 15, 2008 - 17 answers

Looking for an online store to easily find and purchase popular/classic books translated/written in European French. Mag subscriptions too!

I'm looking for popular books, novels, magazines, comic books...in European French (not Canadian French). I'd also like to be able to easily order/purchase them from home (preferably from places like Amazon.com). [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Dec 4, 2007 - 8 answers

French speakers: nuances in translating this phrase?

French speakers: nuances in translating this phrase? [more inside]
posted by lorimer on Sep 14, 2007 - 8 answers

French Speaking Music Lover Filter - Help me identify this french song o great hive mind?

Ok, so my french isn't just bad -- it's nonexistant. Can anyone identify the singer and/or title of the song of which there is a snippet inside? If not the singer, can you give me the proper title, or spelling of some of the lyrics so I can google them and perhaps find the singer that way? I love the smooth sound of this clip and would love to find more. It's a great rumba! :) [more inside]
posted by jwhowa on Sep 1, 2007 - 3 answers

French to english translation

Parlez-Vous Français? I need a french to english translation. I love this short film and find it fun to watch but I think it would be even funnier for me if I knew what was going on. [more inside]
posted by tellurian on Aug 11, 2006 - 8 answers

"Reprint" in French?

Quick little French question - how would you say "reprint" in French, as in, "click here to reprint your receipt". [more inside]
posted by loquax on May 17, 2005 - 9 answers

Does anyone have a link to or scan of an English translation of the poem "Le Dur Desire de Durer" by Paul Eluard?

Can anyone supply me with a link to, or scan of, an English translation of a poem by Paul Eluard? Specifically, "Le Dur Desire de Durer" ("The Dour Desire to Endure")? Merci/Thanks.
posted by stonerose on Dec 8, 2004 - 5 answers

I need an English translation for a song lyric I have only in French

ForeignLanguageFilter: What tools (if any?) are available on the Internet for translating materials that are not prose into English? Specfically, I need an English translation for a song lyric I have only in French. Neither my pathetic high school slacker French nor the usual suspects are producing anything useful... Any suggestions?
posted by JollyWanker on Apr 26, 2004 - 9 answers

How can I say this in French?

I have a Google API app that's getting a lot of traffic from a French site. Can someone give me a quick idiomatic translation into French of a two-sentence "API key overloaded for today" message? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by staggernation on Mar 19, 2004 - 7 answers

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