In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(flood, earthquake) catástrofe feminine(flood, earthquake) desastre masculine(crash, sinking) siniestro masculine(crash, sinking) desastre masculinebefore noun disaster fund — fondo para los damnificados masculine
- disaster relief — ayuda en caso de catástrofe / desastre
- The Hatfield rail disaster occurred while Hall was working on his adaptation, and it shows.
- Does it take a disaster of these proportions to convince us all to give so freely?
- "We did have a disaster recovery plan in place, " Bob says.
- Pete has a meditation on the space shuttle disaster.
- When Mozambique was struck by a flood disaster in 1999, over a million people lost their homes.
- A disaster on the scale of 9/11 or hurricane Katrina disturbs all certainties.
- You know, we just don't cope with disasters on this scale.
- A disaster of this magnitude is one of those defining moments in local television.
- Facing a disaster of such magnitude, understandably the government was unprepared and initially lost touch.
- The horrific devastation caused by this tsunami may be the worst natural disaster in recent history.
- Our topic was inspired by the extensive news coverage of the space shuttle disaster.
- The pilots managed to avert a total disaster by using the engine's throttles to steer the plane.
- Hurricane Katrina will be the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history by a factor of five.
- But clearly, a disaster of a proportion he had never had to deal with was unfolding.
- Whenever a major disaster strikes, the public is confronted with all sorts of unpleasantness.
- Children are those who are most prone to disasters like earthquake, fire and flood.
- And President Bush is offering U.S. aid and condolences to people affected by the Asian tsunami disaster.
- In 1957 a train disaster affected the lives of many people who lived in south London and Kent.
- Technically, the rescued worms were not the worms that survived the shuttle disaster.
- Similar ecological disasters have occurred in other parts of the world too.
2.1(fiasco)desastre masculinea catalog of disasters — una serie de desastres / de calamidades
- The university had a public relations disaster on its hands.
- It was recognised as such by the Iraqi people, but the subsequent handling of events was a disaster.
- Nor is the bank rushing blindly into disaster in the event of a bid succeeding.
- But a series of personal disasters and financial ruin triggered a mental disorder that was to turn the father of two into a killer.
- One type would work in a coaching role and the other act as a referee in the firm to prevent Scottish businesses from suffering Enron style disasters.
- Will the new members fall in line, or will they team up with France and Spain to maintain these hideous financial disasters?
- I know about previous squabbles and financial disasters that affected the club.
- The suite contains the computers and equipment necessary to help a small business function in the event of a company disaster.
- Critics argue it was only Lottery money and government cash that prevented the Games from being a financial disaster.
- After a decade marked by financial disasters and bank failures, the era of unquestioned profit-making would appear to be at an end.
- So lets forget my own personal disasters and get on with the business at hand, that is voting on tomorrows story, start voting now.
- For the less strong, it can be a torment and a prelude to personal disaster.
- Three of the properties so far have been financial disasters.
- Unfortunately, data disasters are more likely to occur on systems relying on older or used hardware.
- But as his career took off, the personal disasters continued to mount.
- Fears may be exaggerated, but unless companies are completely open, they face potential PR disasters ahead.
- The financial disasters are directly traceable to the cultural and ideological catastrophes which these films represent.
- National members face a disaster, in fact, as they try to explain what it is they intend to do.
- Since then I've seen two financial disasters and a terrible fire.
- It has got me into trouble in the past and I'm never far away from having mini financial disasters.
2.2informal (hopeless person)desastre masculine informal
- Your mayoralty has been from start ' till now a disaster in the making.
- India's reply was a total disaster, with wickets falling too rapidly due to run-outs.
- And it was fine for all the media celebs to go to a ball game but it was a total disaster for Kerry to do so.
- Last time I attempted the gym it was a total disaster.
- On Saturday, I picked up some cool rocket balloons for the kids which turned out to be a total disaster.
- Maize, a relatively new crop, is looking like a total disaster, according to Mr Dempsey.
- He, of course, is far worse, a disaster in the making.
- That dinner turned into a total disaster and for one whole month, she was in grief.
- I went on my first date in 7 years 2 weeks ago - what a total, unmitigated disaster!
- Because as we all know, this Budget has been a total disaster for the Labour Government.
- He's had a very hard time. His current situation is a total disaster.
- They will have to believe that they do because it's their last chance of ensuring that their season is not a total disaster.
- I was a total disaster in the shop and I realised that I was going to have to do something else.
- But how else can I understand the fact that my panel session was a total disaster?
- It might be that the first idea was a total disaster and if so drop it and move on.
- This is a very sad collection of songs put together, but what was a second rate band in their heyday is a total disaster today.
- Would there be any way of getting rid of them if they were a total disaster?
- Still, he thought watching mummy play hopscotch was hilarious, so it wasn't a total disaster.
3(misfortune)disaster struck — ocurrió / se produjo una catástrofe
- to be doomed to disaster — estar condenado al fracaso
- the talks ended in disaster — las conversaciones acabaron en un fracaso total
- the vacation ended in disaster — las vacaciones acabaron de forma desastrosa
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