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
    Commented May 3, 2014 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.

  • I agree with rsanchez, "resumen" is better.
    – edivimo
    Commented May 2, 2014 at 19:49
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    I would add "visión general (sobre algo)". Commented May 4, 2014 at 20:42
  • Or "revisión"
    – user14206
    Commented Nov 15, 2016 at 22:09

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