In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(clumsy)(person/movement) torpe(phrase/expression) poco elegante
- He felt clumsy and awkward in the air, his body too ungainly to be properly streamlined.
- The elephant, unwieldy and awkward yet graceful and powerful, becomes an allegory for the form itself.
- Kouki could see by his stiff stance and awkward movement that he didn't like him.
- In all of them you see a hunched, awkward man, uncomfortable in his own body.
- Now she faked her clumsy and awkward movements, often purposely stumbling over anything that came her way.
- You remember how you felt at that age, when your own body was awkward and when you were full of energy and uncertainty.
- I was always a bit awkward and ungainly as a child, so I thought that maybe I was just on the clumsy side.
- That most people walk in an ungraceful, ungainly and awkward manner with a forward inclination of the body does not mean that it is the normal way of walking.
- The high ceilings and unbroken expanses of wall in such a house can make the rooms seem awkward and ungainly.
- Many of the other performers, however, were stiff and awkward.
- If a grader were a person, he might be called ungainly, awkward, or even a klutz.
- He's a contradiction in that his jump shot, an awkward heave off his right shoulder, is fundamentally flawed.
- Mothers and fathers send out the message that boys are awkward, ungainly and silly.
- The resulting pieces at first look remarkably awkward and ungainly.
- He looks almost exactly as I'd left him; awkward, ungainly and birdlike.
- He baffles hitters with an awkward delivery, a hard fastball and a Frisbee slider.
- Others are clumsy and awkward, obvious targets of adolescent rejection.
- But left-handers are renowned for being awkward and clumsy and in some societies they are still looked upon with suspicion.
- Chris was nearly eighteen and though he was tall, filled out with spiky black hair and handsome features, he still felt awkward, gawky, and ugly.
- I learned to ski in the Dolomites more than 20 years ago, and memories of those buttery sunsets have stayed with me as much as the first awkward turns and ungainly falls off button lifts.
2.1(difficult, inconvenient)(angle/shape) incómodo(angle/shape) poco prácticoit's an awkward place to get to by rail — es difícil llegar allí en tren
- Tuesday's awkward for me — el martes me es difícil / no me viene bien
- you've called at a rather awkward moment, I'm afraid — me temo que llamas en mal momento / en un momento inoportuno
- she could make things very awkward for you — te podría hacer la vida imposible
- They can be handy, but I found they make riding bloody awkward if you're on a bike with a head-down, bum-up riding position.
- It rules, even if the bottle is awkward and hard to spray.
- The wood was hard and awkward, the stone ice cold during most of the year.
- It was a rather banal response, but then I guess Labour's press office is used to dealing with awkward questions.
- He dealt with an awkward question on devolution with the surety and intelligence you would expect from a man who refused to be bullied into Vietnam.
- The South African government's passive response to events in Zimbabwe inevitably raises awkward questions about the depth of its own commitment to democracy.
- It becomes increasingly difficult when it occurs so repeatedly not to start asking awkward questions.
- In fact - as every other employee of the company to whom I've since spoken has agreed - he was fobbing us off in order to get out of doing an awkward, time-consuming job.
- Had staff consulted with the minister and agreed to feign communication breakdown so as not to have to deal with my awkward questions?
- Their stance is one of unswerving resistance, but their films, while dealing with awkward topics, have never been demagogic.
- In addition, he frequently appears to be sidestepping awkward questions by the simple expedient of behaving as if you have asked something completely different.
- This also means that you have to be prepared to listen to some hard truths and awkward questions.
- Their absence both raises awkward questions over whether or not Edinburgh's festival is losing its lustre and highlights the intractable nature of film business politics.
- The lack of sliding side doors sees the Trajet lose out to the Kia here, and the seats can be more awkward and harder to fit.
- And it is bloody awkward to manage in some such situations.
- They have the right to ask some awkward questions.
- Unfortunately, this versatility has meant that the user controls are somewhat awkward and very difficult to master.
- They're reluctant to make much of it because they know that a writer who asks too many awkward questions soon gets labelled as ‘difficult’.
- His claims that the tribunal has shown bias towards him still leave a number of awkward issues to be dealt with.
- O'Brien's hectic schedule may have been cast aside this weekend as he prepares to deal with many awkward questions, which may include some of the following.
2.2(difficult to deal with)difícilhe's an awkward customer — es un tipo muy difícil coloquial
- he's at an awkward age — está en una edad difícil
3.1(delicate, embarrassing)(decision/subject) delicadoyou've put me in a very awkward position — me has puesto en una situación muy violenta / embarazosa
- Remember that for ALL children, discovering their sexual self is a big deal and awkward.
- Not for their use, mind you: a good soundtrack can make a movie better than its sum of train explosions, drug deals and awkward romances.
- She hadn't laughed so much in ages, and it was always fun to make Joaquin awkward.
- The atmosphere grew tenser and an awkward pause ensued.
- They certainly didn't make us feel awkward when we questioned them about some of the dishes - rather, they seemed delighted that we were so interested in what they had to offer.
- I was desperate for approval and to find some common ground to smooth over an unpleasantly awkward couple of days.
- My mind went back to when Josh and I were Sammy's age, and how awkward it was at that age when people didn't want to be your friend.
- It also provided a social setting where the sixth graders could mingle without the pressures of a party or dance, which can be awkward for this age group.
- A relationship with one who is ‘not one of us’ raises the risk that sooner or later a difficult and awkward conversation lies ahead.
- There were a few uneasy seconds of awkward silence, everyone looking at Christine with apprehension.
- I'd like to encourage some interactivity in this blog, so if anyone would like to email me with their awkward or embarrassing moments, I can post them here anonymously.
- If we are honest, those of us who have all of our abilities sometimes are uncomfortable or even awkward alongside those who are seriously disabled.
- She could easily envision the awkward silences and uneasy shifting in the seats.
- The episode ends with an awkward and uncomfortable lovemaking session between Tony and Carmela.
- After a few such trips, I became bolder, and I got myself into quite a few awkward or embarrassing situations as a result.
- Even though she had never really cared to notice, the air was damp and the dripping coming from above made the silence very uneasy and awkward.
- A yellow-haired person would contrast horribly and feel very awkward.
- She finally asked after an awkward pause, exasperated with their indecision.
- I bought a suit today, after two weeks of deliberations, window shopping, and awkward small talk with sales assistants.
- Waiting for her to pick up was awkward and hard, but eventually the phone clicked over and a man's voice answered.
3.2(embarrassed)(silence) incómodo(silence) violentoan awkward smile — una sonrisa forzada
- I feel awkward in his company — me encuentro incómodo / no estoy a gusto con él
- I feel awkward about discussing it with the doctor — me resulta violento hablarlo con el médico
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