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How should idiomatic expressions be treated?

Should these be translated literally or should a comparable English expression be used? I recently translated something about "joyas de la boca," which reads awkwardly as "jewels of the mouth" in English.

6 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Argeadai

Idiomatic expressions should be translated into a comparable expression (or explained, if one doesn't exist), so that the result sounds natural to a native speaker.

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ikey

agreed, where you are certain of the idiomatic equivalent e.g. "coser y cantar" = "piece of cake" you should always click on the feedback tag or the one that says "still think your answer is correct" and give the the correct translation. Over time I am sure the database will build up some accuracy but the feedback of users is imperative. Likewise if you are not sure don't submit your feedback.

6 years ago