"O curso tem dois trimestres."

Translation:The course has two trimesters.

April 10, 2013



Not proper idiomatic english here. I reckon 'the course is two semesters long' is a lot better.

April 10, 2013


Maybe The course is two trimesters long or It's a two-trimester course would be better English translations. But you can't change "trimestre" to semester since they mean different things.

Semester = Semestre and Trimester=Trimestre

May 8, 2013


In Canada, we use semester for both, so you could.

December 18, 2017


You could also say : the course is over two quarters

November 15, 2016


One might also say "The course lasts two trimesters" in English.

May 21, 2013


We do have a direct translation for the word "lasts" which is dura (think of the English word duration), which might be a reason they wouldn't accept it. But it's so close.

May 21, 2013


What exactly is a "trimestre" in Portugal or Brazil? :)

April 16, 2013


A three-month period.

May 8, 2013


If a trimestre is a three month period, what is a semestre? As someone mentioned, we don't use these so much in British English, but as I understand it, in English 'semester' is used when something is divided into two periods (two semesters, commonly used in university courses) and a trimester when it's split into three (common when talking about stages during pregnancy). Then it's quarters if it's split into four (often used to split a year into three month periods) It's interesting if the meaning is different in Portuguese!

January 7, 2015


Semester = six months (etymologically speaking).

September 21, 2015


Right! Half a "school" year. But a school year is about nine months in the US; thus the confusing meaning. :-)

October 6, 2015


It probably feels longer to most kids...

October 6, 2015


Which makes a trimester three months, and a semester 4.5. I've encumbered both.

January 6, 2016


AlexTheTutor, trimestre é usado no Brasil. Trimester is not a common word is it?

October 11, 2013


This is American English, semester is not a word used in England. We use 'Term' To describe a portion of the school year. English people would understand you, however :). Also eighth 'grade' is American, in English we say 'year 8' although I am not sure year 8 is equivalent to eighth grade, I suspect it is not! :)

April 9, 2014


We definitely us semester at university level in the UK!

May 9, 2015


You're right, but I would bet that your age is 25 or under...

October 11, 2017


Trimester isn't common in English. In the US, these academic periods are called "quarters", and are less common than they used to be.

October 2, 2014


A quarter is a fourth of a school year, a trimester is a third. Which is a Brazilian trimestre?

(My middle school have grades every quarter, but complicated matters for 5th and 6th graders by rotating us into new fine arts courses every trimester.)

January 6, 2016


A trimester is a three-month period. There are four of them in a calendar year, making them largely equivalent to a quarter or a season. If your school counts three of them, it is counting three terms of about three months, and leaving about three months total holidays.

August 12, 2016


How can something be two trimesters? I thought a 'semester' was 1 out of a total of 2 terms of a course, and trimester 1 out of 3 terms of a course. If it lasts for 2 trimesters then what happened to the third trimester....? Does this make any sense?!

May 19, 2015


In some systems an academic year only has two trimesters. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academic_term

May 20, 2015


Ohhh yeah I see... I guess in certain contexts it could make sense. And I'm being pedantic anyway because grammatically the sentence is fine and can be applied to saying 'two semesters' or 'three trimesters' once you know the structure.

May 20, 2015


A common misconception.

A semester is a six-month period. A trimester is a three-month period. A quadrimester is a four-month period.

August 12, 2016


Yes, you would think that a semester is 6 months. However, in the U.S. education system, the school year is 9 months, and then there is a 3-month summer break. So a semester is half a school year, which is actually 4 1/2 months, not 6 months. The college semester is even shorter, only 4 months.

September 21, 2016


Trimesters is used for pregnancy. It would be semesters.

April 27, 2016


No. If the course had two semesters, it would last twelve months (one year). This course has two trimesters, so it lasts six months (half as long).

Pregnancy lasts three trimesters or 1.5 semesters or 0.75 years, i.e. nine months.

August 12, 2016
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