In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(utter, express in speech)(sentence/mass/word) decir(prayer) rezarto say good morning to sb — darle los buenos días a algn
- I said yes/no — dije que sí/no
- he said yes/no to my proposal — aceptó/rechazó mi propuesta
- go away, she said — —vete —dijo
- he didn't say a word throughout the whole meeting — no dijo ni pío durante toda la reunión
- well said! — ¡bien dicho!
- now, say after me: I, Paul Hurst, … — ahora repita conmigo: yo, Paul Hurst, …
- to say sth to sb — decirle algo a algn
- what exactly did she say to you? — ¿qué te dijo exactamente?
- so I said to myself … — así que me dije …
- I said (that) we shouldn't have come — ya decía yo que no deberíamos haber venido
- I can't say I laughed much — no me reí mucho, que digamos
- I must say it looks very nice — la verdad es que es muy bonito
- don't say you forgot! — ¡no me digas que se te olvidó!
- she said (I was) to give you her love — me dijo que te diera recuerdos (de su parte)
- I can't say when they'll be back — no sé cuándo volverán
- who shall I say is calling? — (on the phone) ¿de parte de quién?
- well, what can I say? — ¿y qué quieres que te diga?
- it was, how / what shall I say, a tricky situation — fue, cómo te (lo) diría, una situación delicada
- if you disagree, say so — si no está de acuerdo, dígalo
- why didn't you say so before? — haberlo dicho antes
- I should say so — (emphatic agreement) eso digo yo
- that's to say — es decir
- that is to say — es decir
- she's very self-assured, not to say arrogant — es muy segura de sí misma, por no decir arrogante
- she's better than he is, but that's not saying much — ella es mejor que él, lo que no es mucho decir
- it doesn't say much for … — no dice mucho de …
- there's a lot to be said for waiting — hay muchas razones por las que bien vale la pena esperar
- there's nothing more to be said! — ¡no hay más que decir!
- it will mean a lot of money, to say nothing of time — supondrá mucho dinero, y no digamos ya tiempo
- to say the least — por no decir más
- what have you got to say for yourself? — a ver, explícate
- she hasn't a lot to say for herself — es muy sosa
- enough said, I'll see what I can do about it — está bien, veremos lo que se puede hacer
- the less said about it, the better — cuanto menos se hable del asunto, mejor
- say no more — no me digas más
- you can say that again! — ¡y que lo digas!
- it goes without saying that … — huelga decir que …
- that goes without saying — eso se da por sentado
- though I say it myself — modestia aparte
- that's easier said than done — del dicho al hecho hay mucho trecho
- no sooner said than done — dicho y hecho
- when all's said and done — (finally) al fin y al cabo
- before you could say knife / Jack Robinson — en un santiamén
- least said soonest mended — cuanto menos se diga, mejor
2.1(state)decirit said in the paper that … — el periódico decía / ponía que …
- it says nothing in the contract about overtime — el contrato no dice / no pone nada de horas extraordinarias
- her smile of triumph says it all — su sonrisa triunfal lo dice todo
- Then I paid for my ticket a week and a half late, and I got a letter in the mail saying that I had to pay another fee for being late.
- Think about all the articles in magazines saying guys care as much about their appearance as girls do.
- The book says nothing about relations between the government and Aborigines in New South Wales.
- The text of the affidavit says that it was completed and signed by her.
- The article says that Eric will help educate children about the dangers of the internet.
- Chris, in a murder case we know the black and white letter of the law says the state does not have to prove motive.
- One New Zealand guide book says that there is little at Hororata but a fine stone church.
- She left a note saying she was going to the house that night to kill her father.
- Write them a letter saying you want all your information removed from their system.
- I got a text saying I had won £1000 and all I had to do was claim it by calling a number.
- The textbook says that there should be perfect information for the market to equilibrate.
- One of my notes here says that you're recognized in public a lot now?
- Even though the liner notes may say otherwise, very few of the songs feature him alone.
- His personal website says that he succeeded in having previous plans for an incinerator scrapped.
- When I got the letter in the mail saying they wanted me to join the cast, there was no doubt in my mind.
- He could not say anything beyond what the letter said when I sought more information from him.
- Over the weekend the Sunday Times wrote an article saying people shouldn't rely on buy-to-let to finance their old age.
- The last time I heard from you was years ago when I got a letter saying you were stopping publication.
- Within one month of receiving the hike notice, send your landlord a letter saying you do not intend to renew your lease and then move out.
- The only clue he can find is a newspaper headline saying that the city has been evacuated.
2.2(register)(watch/dial) marcarwhat (time) does your watch say? — ¿tú qué hora tienes?
- She turns and looks at her alarm clock which says eight o'clock.
- The sun was still behind a mountain, but his watch said seven minutes past official sunup.
- My back was damp from the moss and my watch said four hours had passed.
3.1(informal) (suppose)suponerponerdecir(let's) say that … — supongamos / pongamos / digamos que …
- say she doesn't come, then what do we do? — pongamos (por caso) que no viene ¿entonces qué hacemos?
- shall we say tomorrow? — ¿qué tal mañana?
- I don't expect to keep all five vows but, say, three out of five would be good enough.
- In this system, the taoiseach would be elected for a fixed term - say, four years.
- How would you feel if you slipped up and, say, wiped out half of your pot just a few years before you planned to retire?
- Then go find someone else in a different line of work - say, someone with a home office.
- This scheme lends itself to the use of coins as scoring tokens; say, a nickel per point perhaps.
- The delving is sometimes made easier by not taking much food along - say, only a bag of almonds and a bottle of rum.
- Mr. Lander's inconsistency between this item and, say, the cupboards, is noteworthy.
4.1(allege)decirthey say she jilted him — dicen / se dice que lo plantó
- it's said he'll have to resign — se dice que tendrá que renunciar
- he's been ill, or so he says — ha estado enfermo, al menos eso es lo que dice
- never say I didn't warn you — luego no digas que no te avisé
- to be said to + inf
- she's said to be very mean/strict — dicen que es muy tacaña/severa
- never let it be said that I don't care — que no se diga que no me importa
- The author of the report that was said to be prejudicial was called as a witness.
- They also adduced what was said to be a report from the local Meteorological Station.
- I do not think that the conduct of the Inspectors towards Mr Clegg taken as a whole can be said to be unfair.
- This sovereign power is attributed to hate speech when it is said to deprive us of rights and liberties.
- It is your life as a whole which is said to be happy or not, and so discussions of happiness are discussions of the happy life.
- Under domestication, it may be truly said that the whole organisation becomes in some degree plastic.
- It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die.
- Our constitution is said to enshrine the idea of Parliamentary Government.
- This winged beast with the body of a lion and the head of an eagle is said to watch over hidden treasures.
- A few months ago it was said that putting milk into black tea voids any health benefits.
- His failure, it is said, calls into question his motives in serving as a juror in the trial.
- Thus, do you think it can be said that their speech is not free at all?
4.2(decide, pronounce)decirthat's really not for me to say — eso no me corresponde a mí decirlo
5coloquial(respond to suggestion)what do / would you say to a cup of tea — ¿qué te parece si nos tomamos un té?
- that's what I think; now, what do you say? — eso es lo que yo pienso ¿y a ti qué te parece? / ¿y tú que dices?
- I won't say no — no te digo que no
- I wouldn't say no to a drink — no rechazaría una copa
- what say we go halves? — ¿qué tal si vamos a medias?
1decirI'd rather not say — prefiero no decirlo
- it's hard to say — es difícil decirlo
- you were saying? — ¿(qué) decías?
- who says /says who? — ¿quién lo dice?
- says you! — ¡eso es lo que tú dices!
- you don't say! — ¡qué me dices!
- I say!
- I say! what a lovely dress! — ¡pero qué vestido más bonito!
- I say, can you hear me over there? — ¡eh! / ¡ey! ¿me oyen ahí?
1EE. UU.coloquial¡oye! coloquialsay, that's a great idea! — ¡oye, qué buena idea!
- say, buddy — ¡eh, amigo!
- She says that her parents have always been supportive of her and offer advice that is always seriously considered.
- Most parents today would say that their kids have greater opportunities than they did.
- Cameron had to say his speech in front of the class and he basically freaked out.
- The Friday sermon is said by a khatib, many of whom are trained in religious institutes.
- He said that the most likely diagnosis of her condition was chronic tenosynoritis or tendonitis.
- She's sitting on the floor, seeming more and more downcast at every word John says.
- Farrell says that many single parents welcome being able to share the work of caring for a child.
- Only now as I stood in the airport did I realise that she really had not understood a word I was saying.
- He puts more feeling into the few words he says than he has ever done on screen before.
- Every word of what Natwar says in praise of Indira Gandhi is absolutely true.
- The opposition is pending before the trademark office's trial and appeal board, a spokeswoman said on Thursday.
- The funeral goes as planned, everyone says their speeches memorializing this woman to whom they now say goodbye forever.
- Ask an average person in Mumbai their opinion on this issue, and they are likely to say that it is a non-issue.
- I stand motionless and distant as the priest says his speech.
- At 28, Hussain now feels the pressure to marry, but stalls his parents by saying that he is not ready.
- However, she was confident he would be found innocent, her spokesperson said on Thursday.
- All of us at some time in our lives have to stand up and say a few words in public, whether to give away a bride, move a vote of thanks or make a presentation.
- He struggled to recall clearly the words the priest had said to him almost a year earlier.
- "Nice shot, " Kristin said sarcastically with a grin.
- Yet despite reassuring figures, respondents said in interviews that big concerns remained.
- The requirement was stipulated in his bail conditions, a top prosecutor said on Tuesday.
- He was talking to me, and I was trying to say my speech, but he wasn't paying attention.
- I don't trust my boyfriend, I don't believe a word he says, and I honestly believe he is cheating on me.
- The other cases were still under investigation with several suspects being charged, a police spokesperson said on Thursday.
- See, the difference between saying a speech in class and acting with my group is a really big one.
- It's quiet enough that she can hear every word Jared says back to me.
1(statement of view)to have one's say — dar su (/ mi etc. ) opinión
- let him have his say now — ahora déjalo hablar
2(share)say ( in sth)
- I have no say in the matter — yo no tengo ni voz ni voto en el asunto
- they want a say in the decision making — quieren participar en la toma de decisiones
- to have the final say (in sth) — tener la última palabra (en algo)
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