In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1.1(joyful, content)(family/person/home) feliz(smile) de felicidad(smile) alegre(disposition) alegreshe's not happy unless she has somebody to shout at — si no tiene a quien gritarle, no está contenta
- I hope you'll both be very happy — que sean muy felices
- to make sb happy — hacer feliz a algn
- he is happy in his work — está contento con su trabajo
- I'd be happier if you weren't going alone — me quedaría más tranquilo si no fueras solo
- he'll promise them anything just to keep them happy — con tal de tenerlos contentos, es capaz de prometerles cualquier cosa
- as happy as a sandboy/as a lark/as the day (is long)/as Larry — contentísimo
- It cannot possibly be your fault, in fact, in may be because of you she had a happy and content life.
- Delia enjoyed good health up to the last and was always happy and content out and about on the land and taking care of the family home.
- If my observation serves me right, old folks are generally happy and contented with the way they spend their free time.
- The world is chockful of people who have lived happy, contented lives and who have made a deep impact on the arts.
- The feel of the warm moist soil around my roots as they got stronger and ever deeper into the ground made me feel happy and contented.
- Having disposed of his family farm he acquired a new home at Lissard where he and his wife were contented and happy.
- He loved the gardening and spent many happy and very contented hours tending to the flowers and the shrubs and the trees.
- The point is I know two depressed people and I'm finding their intrusions into my happy and contented life to be a bit annoying.
- I realised that I am actually fairly happy and contented with my life.
- A man of the land, he was happy and content in the peace and quiet of this lovely and historic part of County Roscommon.
- It will be a clear message from Islamabad that it is not happy over the content of talks.
- She takes with her the good wishes of the community and she is wished a happy and contented retirement in Derrymore.
- I can have a quiet beer and look out over an (again hopefully) happy throng and feel content.
- Our son has been attending the Créche for nearly five months and so far he is very happy and content, as indeed we are.
- He left the pub happy, full and content in the knowledge that the pub staff had done their best for him.
- Many of those families who are in relief camps today were people like us leading happy and contented lives.
- His father, Phillip, paid him a visit to see how his new life was suiting him and was content that Paul seemed happy.
- Now is the time to scrap the Trust and get back to clean wards, happy contented staff, striving for high standards and just rewards.
- Surely you can't have more than one quiet, smiling, happy and contented day in a row?
- I feel very happy and content to be at home in the warm, listening to good music and doing nothing much.
1.2(pleased)to be happy — estar achispado informal
- we're so happy you're back — nos alegramos tanto / estamos tan contentos de que hayas vuelto
- I'm so happy for you — me alegro mucho por ti
- he was very happy that you had found a job — se alegró mucho de que hubieras encontrado trabajo
- he was happy to be back home — estaba contento de estar de vuelta en casa
- she'd be only too happy to help — ella ayudaría encantada / con mucho gusto
1.3(satisfied)to be happy — estar achispado informal
- she's not entirely happy with his work — no está del todo contenta con su trabajo
- some people are happy with anything — algunas personas se contentan con cualquier cosa
- I am very happy with the school and I feel the vitriolic tone of the writing needs comment.
- Surely to God they have a right to a release date and in a format they are happy with.
- Are you happy with the quality of the policy file that you have seen from Operation Helios?
- It will definitely take a lot more tweaking to get me completely happy with it.
- The only Millwall people happy with a goalless draw yesterday were the club stewards.
- I have been happy with my performance and to be fair the crowd have been good with me.
- He has been working at eight other cancer shops in the South West and said he was happy with the results.
- I cannot be happy with my performance because the team as a whole hasn't had results.
- Naturally, you return the first one to the shop and tell them that you're just not happy with it.
- Tiago struggled to get heat into his tyres; so he is not very happy with his performance.
- I am not overly happy with this recipe, next time I am going to try a different one.
- Are you happy with the role of these representative groups in the diversity programme?
- He'll be driving through the gates at The Belfry a man happy with his lot and his position in the game.
- So I am not happy with the size of the squad, but I am certainly happy with the quality of it.
- If we win it on Sunday it will have been a good season for me but if we lose it then I'm not going to be happy with the season.
- We would have been happy with a phasing-in of freedom of contract over three or four years.
- I wasn't too happy with them so I hid them in a paper bag and pushed them to the back side of the picnic table.
- Though in one case a crew was advising a cox that they were not happy with his performance.
- I then often do about three sketches for each character before I am happy with a final one.
- If you're happy with the way things are going, don't be afraid to let your feelings be known.
1.4British informal (tipsy)to be happy — estar achispado informal
2.1(giving pleasure)(occasion/days/times) felizthe happiest days of your life — la época más feliz de la vida
- happy birthday — feliz cumpleaños
- Happy New Year — Feliz Año Nuevo
2.2(fortunate)(coincidence) feliz(position) privilegiado(position) afortunado
- He has a strong personality, continuity of purpose, a mind well stored and a happy knack of communicating it.
- I thus have been inclined to write off the success of my prediction as just a happy accident.
- The league has the happy knack of throwing them up so this is as a good a match as any to opt for one.
- Call it a happy knack of being in the right place at the right time.
- She has the happy knack of making the most mundane report appear interesting.
- The range in the city is broader than in most places, and the locals seem to have a happy knack with fish dishes particularly.
- For opportunities appear, at first glance, to have a happy knack of falling into the lap of the third season trainer.
- Andrew's always had that happy knack of cutting straight to the chase, delighting and upsetting in roughly equal measures.
- The Sharks coach is in the happy situation of having a clean injury slate for his teams most important match of the season so far.
- My second oldest brother, who is nine years older than me, always had the happy knack of being able to bustle me.
- McDowell has the happy knack of convincing us that all he wants to do with his life is to serve the people.
- Munster have the happy knack of bouncing back, of taking defeat and building on it.
- Sri Lanka find themselves in that happy situation after their innings and 15 run victory at Galle.
- When it comes to the real thing however, Rangers have developed a happy knack of hitting the target.
- Both these teams have discovered the happy knack of surprising their critics.
2.3literary formal (felicitous)(choice/thought/remark) afortunado(thought/remark/choice) acertado
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