In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
transitive verbbegan, beginning, begun
1(campaign/meeting/journey) empezar(campaign/meeting/journey) comenzar(meeting/journey/campaign) iniciar formalhe begins the day with some exercises — empieza / comienza el día con un poco de gimnasia
- how does one begin a letter of condolence? — ¿cómo se empieza una carta de pésame?
- to begin work on sth — empezar / comenzar a trabajar en algo
- my early life was hard, he began — —los primeros años de mi vida fueron duros —comenzó / empezó diciendo
- to begin -ing/to + inf — empezar / comenzar a + inf
- it's beginning to rain — está empezando a llover
- he began talking / to talk about his work — empezó a hablar sobre su trabajo
- I'd begun to think you weren't coming — ya estaba empezando a pensar que no vendrías
- the two novels don't begin to compare — no hay ni punto de comparación entre las dos novelas
- I can't begin to thank you — no sé cómo agradecerte
- that won't even begin to cover the cost — eso no alcanza ni remotamente para cubrir los gastos
- To solve this problem we arranged to bring in teams of volunteers at night who began the task in earnest - time was running out.
- Back in Oxford, he sat on the City Council, and began his lifelong activity of prison visiting.
- What began as a hobby for the actress is now a viable business proposition.
- He was so impressed with it that he began the process which has led to the opening of the first scheme in inner London.
- Before you begin any activity, drink at least one glass of water 30 minutes prior.
- It was in that town that his son Étienne was born, was brought up, and began his education.
- Then she began her task to educate others on the battle against discrimination and AIDS.
- Since it began as a cartoon in the 1920s, the story of Annie has touched hearts.
- Diversification of the group's activities had also begun by then.
- Whether by accident or design, McKinven could be about to find that life begins at 40-or at least begins again.
- Please could you send me the necessary paperwork required to begin this procedure.
- He begins a business studies degree course at University of Limerick next week after being offered a place earlier this summer.
- Contractors are expected to begin work within two months with a view to completion within 18 months.
- To widespread relief, the second half began as the first had ended and not as it began.
- What began as a small, local competition evolved into an event of national importance.
- He will have to prove himself again in his next role by continuing the innovative work begun by Danon.
- Don't forget to warm up and stretch properly before beginning any athletic activity.
- What began as a hobby a decade ago has evolved into giving performances all over the State.
- He was inspired to begin work on a book about it from an African point of view.
- It began as a funerary tradition but today is associated with a celebration.
- Finally, he began to convert starts into substance and his running was supreme throughout.
- The office has existed in England for at least 800 years, and began as a sort of secretaryship to the King.
- Their marker is brought back to the starting point and they begin once again.
- It began as a wine bar, and the origins show through in the excellence of the wine list and cheese board.
- Regardless of the result this Sunday, Cyril Lyons has now stamped his own personality on this team and this county, and a new era has very definitely begun.
- The man turns away and changes transparencies on the overhead projector and begins his lesson.
- Leigh famously begins work on his projects with no script, no characters and no names, expecting the actors to pitch in on all of these in a collaborative workshop style.
- What began as an academic issue may now be, literally, a matter of life and death.
- They may also independently inherit property and begin the process leading to a divorce.
- As he watched the plane started its engines and began to travel down the concrete.
- A challenge was there to be met and it began as soon as you were near the ground.
- What began as a steady walk by day's end was on the verge of turning into a run.
- The county says it's hired private contractors to begin the clean-up work after the first of the year.
- What began as an attempt to rebut the claim turned into a major research project lasting months.
- It began as a good idea by a small but determined group of York residents.
- The fire has burned about 480 square miles since it began as two blazes last week.
- Ben had hoped that Carl would be able to control the hidden powers in his suit, but Carl had only begun to realize his potential before his death.
- It began as a family day out at the seaside - but a mother and her children were swept to their deaths.
- What began as an industrial campaign turned into a campaign for land rights.
intransitive verbbegan, beginning, begun
1(start)(meeting/year) empezar(meeting/year) comenzar(year/meeting) iniciarse formalI don't know where to begin — no sé por dónde empezar / comenzar
- the author begins by making his own position clear — el autor empieza por aclarar cuál es su posición
- we began with very modest means — empezamos con medios muy modestos
- let's begin at the beginning — empecemos por el principio
2(originate)(river) nacer(custom) originarse(custom) empezarever since the world began — desde que el mundo es mundo
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