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What is the suitable english word?

Posted: Sun Feb 17, 2008 8:31 pm
by Mr.Libyan
What is the suitable verb?
Going into translating some dialect foreign languages to english could simply lead to some actions which are not normally used in english language. What is the best way to translate these to english??
e.g:
to produce a musical sound by using your tongue and mouth, or to utter trilling cries of joy.
*** Arabian women do that with some songs in traditional weddings ceremonies***

Re: What is the suitable english word?

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 3:00 pm
by Joe
Not sure but maybe you said it yourself:

to trill

verb [ intrans. ]
produce a quavering or warbling sound : a skylark was trilling overhead | [with direct speech ] “Coming sir,” they both trilled.
• [ trans. ] sing (a note or song) with a warbling or quavering sound : trilling a love ballad, she led him to her chair.
• [ trans. ] pronounce (a consonant) by rapid vibration of the tongue against the hard or soft palate or the uvula.

Another word that comes to mind is the Swiss singing action, to yodel, but I don't think that's quite right.

Re: What is the suitable english word?

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 7:42 pm
by Mr.Libyan
Thank you.