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I am looking for a good translation that doesn't sound too technical. I read the definition of "síntesis" and found the word "compendio" which has a definition which seems to match "overview" well, but I am unsure how common this word is used in everyday speech. I am really looking for a word that a grade school student would know. Any ideas? Do any other words come to mind?

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What are you overviewing? Context is everything in language. – Flimzy May 3 '14 at 19:41
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It depends a lot on the context, but as you mention síntesis and compendio, a word that is commonly used and has similar meaning is resumen.

Other expressions to have in mind: panorama, introducción, introducción general, plan de la charla.

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I agree with rsanchez, "resumen" is better. – edivimo May 2 '14 at 19:49
I would add "visión general (sobre algo)". – Alfonso Villén May 4 '14 at 20:42

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