In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(odd)raroextrañothe strangest thing happened to me yesterday — ayer me pasó algo rarísimo
- what a strange thing to say! — ¡qué cosa más rara de decir!
- the strange circumstances surrounding her death — las extrañas circunstancias en torno a su muerte
- you're/she's a strange one — mira que eres raro/es rara
- it is strange (that) — (+ subj) es raro que
- I find it strange (that) they haven't replied — me parece raro que no hayan contestado
- how strange (that) she didn't mention it! — ¡qué raro / extraño que no lo mencionara!
- strange as it may seem — por extraño que parezca
- I know all her friends but I've never met her, strange to say — conozco a todos sus amigos pero a ella, aunque parezca mentira / por extraño que parezca, no la conozco
- I found that explanation very strange and I don't understand why I was sent there.
- It was strange how the country air smelled so different from the city air.
- He is always accusing me of having strange ideas about what word should be stressed.
- It is all a little unusual and strange because there is a more practical aspect of its relevance.
- One company was so surprised at the strange story, they rang The Times to check it was not a hoax.
- The stage has been strange somehow, difficult as regards concentration and with a lot of dust.
- It is strange how such concealment goes hand in hand with record-breaking council tax rises.
- The twins were very young, and they wanted their grandmother to explain this strange wind.
- The effects of this strange publicity campaign were not difficult to miss.
- It is strange how ideas such as these last almost as long as brick and mortar buildings.
- A few days ago, a cop had come to our door to explain the strange incident with Nick's dad.
- I decided to persevere with my list of questions, provoking a strange response.
- It is strange how even when it all comes to an end you never stop loving those people.
- At that time, the three of them could not explain how this strange feeling came about.
- It is strange how educationalists so often look at things from the wrong angle.
- At the same time, it goes far to explain why we engage in these strange games with them.
- But these guys hear voices and have strange ideas that they can't explain themselves.
- She had to find out what it was, and she had the strange idea that he would help her.
- I did not think there was anything strange, unusual or threatening in what he said.
- It was strange, it was unusual and to be honest, it was a little bit frightening.
2.1(unfamiliar, unaccustomed)(handwriting/faces) desconocidoI hate sleeping in strange beds — no me gusta nada dormir en cama ajena
- she was strange to city life — no estaba familiarizada con la vida de la ciudad
- to taste/smell strange — saber/oler raro
- For many bank customers, digital banking is no longer a strange or unfamiliar term.
- You can imagine an alien civilisation observing this strange scene and finding it fascinating or amusing.
- I opened up the jiffy bag and inside were four pink hard back tomes with some strange alien language on the cover.
- Granted, some of the strange new places to be visited were not glamorous, precisely.
- I value it, and it is special, deeply special, and strange and unfamiliar, and very precious.
- To be honest, the dishes sounded so strange and unfamiliar that I was stumped as to what to order.
- This is by no means strange and alien terrain for the Bank of England.
- Acceptance of the strange and unfamiliar is not a leap that depends on logic alone.
- Two evenings this week, I have encountered strange weather whilst driving home from work.
- For such speakers, Latin had always been a strange, alien, and bookish tongue.
- Anyway, at the point I left the house there were no strange alien calls and it was still dark.
- They converse in strange tongues, using words and expressions that are totally alien to me.
- When a member of the household is sick our lives are rendered strange and detached from the world about us.
- Indeed, whenever he visited a strange town his first port of call was always the local cemetery.
- He looked at it as though it were some strange alien object that he had never seen before.
- This can be explained by the fact that Europeans found Africans to be alien and strange.
- For these humans the picture only represents a strange object, nature and function unknown.
- She heard the call of some unknown, strange bird in the boughs as she was led into the jungle.
- Cambodian music may sound somewhat strange at first to those who are unfamiliar with Asian music.
2.2literary (alien)in a strange land — en tierras extrañas
- a strange language — una lengua foránea
1he's been acting strange lately — últimamente está de lo más raro
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