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"Like lovebirds"

Los españoles somos muy del uso de frases coloquiales tales como "Se me ha ido el santo al cielo", "Esto está donde Cristo perdió la zapatilla", etc... pero ¿sabemos como podríamos expresarlas en Ingles?.

Aquí os vamos a dejaros unas que posiblemente causen sensación en vuestras conversaciones:

1. Más vale tarde que nunca: “Better late than never
2. Me importa un bledo/un comino: “I don’t care” o, más fuerte, “I don’t give a shit”.
3. Meter la pata: “Mess up/screw up”.
4. Se me ha ido el santo al cielo: “It totally slipped my mind/I completely forgot
5. Darse el piro: To take off, to bail, to jump, to Bounce.
6. Feliz como una perdiz: “As happy as a clam”.
7. Menos da una piedra: “Like squeezing blood from a stone”.
8. Más vale pájaro en mano que ciento volando: “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush”.
9. Hacerse el sueco: “To blow somebody off”.
10. Irse a la francesa: “To sneak out without a peep/without so much as a word”.
11. Esto está donde Cristo perdió la zapatilla: “This is in the boonies”.
12. Tener más cuento que Calleja: “To be a drama queen/to be more trouble than your worth”.
13. Irse por los cerros de Úbeda: To get sidetracked, to go off on a tangent (irse por la tangente en este caso).
14. Quedarse a cuadros: Be gobsmacked (muy de Reino Unido); my jaw dropped.
15. Ya saldrá el sol por Antequera: What will be will be.
16. Gastar menos que las vías del tren o ser de la Hermandad del puño cerrado: To be tight-fisted, to be a penny-pincher.
17. Faltar un hervor: Not the sharpest knife in the drawer, not the sharpest tool in the shed.
18. Caer en saco roto: To fall on deaf ears.
19. Hacerse el sordo: To give somebody the cold shoulder.
20. Tomar el pelo: To pull somebody’s leg.
21. Ser más lento que el caballo del Malo: To be slower than molasses.

Y la especial la que podréis usar el próximo día 14 de Febrero, día de los enamorados:

Enamorados como tortolitos:"Like lovebirds"


"Yo man/How are you, sir?"

Believe it or not, we all choose our words carefully.  We speak differently when we speak to our bosses, our mothers and our friends.  However, when speaking a foreign language sometimes it’s easy for these differences to get lost in translation and you end up speaking to your boss as if he were your child.  Worrisome or embarrassing at best, it’s important to learn about register in English.  Here we’re going to give you some examples about how you can speak formally and informally but it’s up to you to decide when to use each one. 

1.     Greetings.
A simple “Hello” is a great go-to greeting for friends, family or colleagues.  To be even a bit more formal, you can try “Good morning,” “Good afternoon,” or “Good evening.” 
When talking to your friends you can sound more relaxed by saying “Hey there,” “Hi,” “What’s up?” or “How’s it going?”

2.     Making a request:
In Spanish, there’s a strong tendency to use the imperative form (“Dame el boli; Pásame ese papel”).  However, in English we tend to form these requests as questions using “can” or “could”.

Now let’s look at a formal way to ask these same questions:

  • “I’m sorry to bother you but could you let me borrow your pen?”
  • “Would you mind passing me that paper over there?”
In informal requests we’re more relaxed but the imperative still sounds quite demanding. Sometimes we emper it with a tag question:

  • “Can I borrow your pen?”
  • “Pass that paper, will you?”

3.     Expressing emotion. 
Giving positive feedback or congratulating someone is always appreciated but it’s not really appropriate to say, “Cool!” or “Sweet!” to your boss or professor.

You could say, “Wow, that’s great news.” Or “I’m really impressed, that’s amazing.”  Excellent, wonderful, incredible and terrific are some other options.

You’d be more likely to tell your friend “Oh my god!! That’s awesome!” or “Wow, that’s so cool! Sick!!”

So there you have it.  To finish things off I’ll just say, “Thank you very much for your time,” or, “catch ya’ on the flip side!”

Abigail Franckquepohl | 121 Conversation
Autora: Abigail Franckquepohl
Profesora en 121 Conversation. Nacida en Nueva York, se ha trasladado a España para conocer otra cultura y otro idioma. Es profesora acreditada con el TEFL y lleva cinco años dando clases de inglés para extranjeros.

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