Some of my characters will be speaking their native language, which could be French, Spanish, or some alien language. Their dialog must of necessity be translated into English since my short stories and novels are written for English-speaking readers. However, non-English speakers sometimes drop words and phrases of their own language into their dialog. You have probably noticed this in television shows or movies which involve native French- or Spanish-speakers. To keep this sort of "local color" in my stories, their dialog is written in this fashion. I also drop in occasional English versions of alien slang, old sayings, and idioms. You can find these foreign/alien words and phrases along with their American English meanings in the pages which follow:

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A good place to go to translate to or from English and another (Earth) language is Google Translate.


Page updated: 01 June 2021
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