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Tricky words in today´s OVI
           



Pridané: 19.06.2006
Autor: Andy BILLINGHAM
Kategória: 24/2006

The word "outstanding" is a good example of the practical need to learn a minimum of two Slovak translations for each English word, and vice-versa, allowing students to develop out of the "one translation for each foreign word" approach and gain more flexibility and more possibility of understanding. One meaning of "outstanding" is pretty good, expressing the Slovak "vynikajúce", but the other meaning is not so positive, because it means "zatiaľ nezaplatené", as in "outstanding debt".

Understanding the right idea depends on the context and probabilities of word association, so that "an outstanding concert by Sting" is more likely to mean an excellent performance rather than a concert that he's been paid for but hasn't played yet. Another translation of "vynikajúce" is "excellent", and "nezaplatené" is also "overdue". Then another translation of "excellent" is "výborný", and "overdue" is also "po termíne pôrodu". And so on....

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