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(plan, suggestion)idea feminineI have an idea — tengo una idea
- then I had an idea — entonces se me ocurrió una idea
- John came up with a much better idea — a John se le ocurrió una idea mucho mejor
- she hit on the idea of doing it like this — se le ocurrió hacerlo así
- what a good idea! — ¡qué buena idea!
- it's a good idea to oil the hinges regularly — conviene engrasar las bisagras con regularidad
- that's not a bad idea — no es mala idea
- it seemed like a good idea at the time — en aquel momento pareció una buena idea
- it might not be a bad idea to leave now — no sería mala idea que nos fuéramos ya
- you and your bright ideas! — ¡tú y tus brillantes ideas!
- it wasn't my idea — no fue idea mía
- gift ideas for Christmas — ideas para regalos de Navidad
- I don't think much of the idea of your going alone — la idea de que vayas solo no me hace mucha gracia
- I like the idea of going to a Chinese restaurant — me gusta la idea de ir a un restaurante chino
- This weekend I've been quite busy at work on a little project that came out of an idea that Tamsin suggested to me.
- We really want to hear what people think of this and to hear their ideas and suggestions.
- If his ideas pay off, though, it won't be long before gates rise and monies come in.
- None of this is to suggest that the driver retraining course is a bad idea or a soft option.
- The Trust is also on the look out for new members to put forward suggestions and ideas for future projects.
- Everyone liked her ideas but several suggested that she first talk to the mayor.
- Even more could be spent if residents suggest good ideas to improve transport facilities.
- Many of the audience have pledged to do far more than just one of the ideas suggested in the programme.
- Members are also asked to suggest activity ideas for the group to pursue during the year.
- I suggest a few ideas in my book, but as you say, who would have a go at cleaning it up in government?
- He suggested a number of ideas that would change the society and destiny of the island.
- Downing Street, however, described the suggestion as an idea, not a formal proposal.
- I'll have a basic idea, of course, but depending on the texture of the wood and the shape of it, it kind of evolves.
- Of course, ideas like this will not be the only way in which people are encouraged to make a difference.
- An English geologist has come up with one of the most ingenious ideas yet suggested.
- She had suggested the idea to David and Robbie whilst they were in Los Angeles recently.
- This is of course a neat idea and Mo is a very generous man for doing it.
- This year's exhibition will show how the latest ideas and suggestions are being developed.
- Of the ten ideas suggested, five attracted significantly more votes than the rest.
- The scrutiny board is also looking for ideas on possible events and activities linked to the rivers.
1.2(purpose, principle)idea femininethe whole idea of the operation was to attract publicity — habían hecho la operación con la idea de atraer publicidad
- that's the general idea — de eso se trata
- I think I get the (general) idea — creo que ya entiendo
- you get the idea, don't you? — entiendes ¿no?
- what's the big idea? — ¿pero qué es esto?
- In my opinion, these ideas and ideals are slipping fast, and we need to fight for them.
- In fact, it's that good it would make you want to go out walking, which I suppose is the whole idea.
- Perhaps the idea of us meeting up again was not the purpose of our encounter.
- What I love is the idea that the public needs to see punishment taking place.
- In my opinion, the whole idea of Islamic Revolution was about the God's role in the society.
- She was quiet for the whole session; she did not share her opinions or ideas on the text they were studying.
- I suppose the original idea behind the award is to foster great comedy and to open it up to a broader range of performers and audiences.
- The idea that all workers must work until they drop from exhaustion is to approach the problem from the wrong end.
- This of course entails the idea that the ruling ideology doesn't take itself seriously.
- The idea that we must take action to avoid a Brave New World resonates powerfully within our culture.
- The whole idea of on-line courses is that everyone can study what they want.
- No other institution enjoys such sweeping powers to suppress the expression of opinions and ideas.
- If you were passing you wouldn't give this door a second look, which must have been the idea when they installed it.
- Allan has other ideas, of course, and a bid for one or other of his rivals now looks certain.
- The idea, I suppose, is that while Santa was fiddling the lock his reindeer would hover over the driveway.
- Yet this has been accompanied by a huge growth in belief in the idea that our lives are ruled by the stars and in a world of spirits unknown to the sciences.
- Of course, the whole idea is to go there to concentrate and focus on the work, not on what to do in the evenings.
- Of course, the idea that there really were boy knights fighting in the Middle Ages we now know to be a misconception.
- The terrorists must not allow the idea to spread around that you are safe so long as you are neither an unbeliever or a foreigner.
- His responses suggest possible resistance to the idea that personal changes are needed.
- The idea, of course, is that customers are driven to HMV as soon as the New Year sales begin.
- Many of Galton's ideas were, of course, based on prejudices he brought to his science.
- The idea was to meet as diverse a mix of people and hear as many differing ideas as was possible.
- Of course, the idea that all men are created equal does not mean that all men are created the same.
- Instead we must turn to what is intelligible: the values, beliefs and ideas revealed by art.
- Part and parcel of Jewish belief is the idea that God entrusted His message to the Sages.
- It's time to give up, or at least to give up the idea that a unilingual public should be able to follow.
- That they cut the phone line as well makes it more sinister and suggests that the idea was to endanger life.
- Absolutely and at the core of their approach was of course the idea that we are made up of the balance of four humours.
- There was a temptation to chuck it in the bin, but I suppose that defeats the idea.
- It involves listening to the other side, not with the idea of debate but for the purpose of learning.
- Now it's emerged that Google and Comcast have their own ideas for a possible tie-up.
- What I don't understand is the idea that any criticism of America is not appropriate.
- Surely the idea must have been to share it equally - and if it is his home too, should he be forced out of it?
- It is easy to think that the idea of the will to life is wrongly fixated on the idea that there are purposes in nature.
2.1(concept, mental image)idea feminineI find the idea of eating snails revolting — solo la idea de comer caracoles me da asco
- my idea of Ireland — la idea que yo tengo / me hago de Irlanda
- that's not my idea of fun/of a party — eso no es lo que yo entiendo por diversión/por una fiesta
- the very idea! — ¡a quién se le ocurre!
- Many of us perhaps have little idea what it must be like to be in the depths of despair.
- The implication is that the Chinese have either no idea of beauty or a wrong one.
- Do you have any idea how long a hold on new space shuttle takeoffs will continue?
- If you've been wondering what the book is about, this will give you a much better idea.
- Kant nonetheless takes the ideas of God, the soul, and the world to have a valid philosophical use as regulative, i.e., for guiding the direction of inquiry to be all the more encompassing in scope.
- So do you have any idea who influenced the artist Kanye West when he was growing up?
- He probably had the best idea of what was going on of anyone in this room, besides me, that is.
- It was bizarre to speak to someone when I had absolutely no idea what they looked like.
- Until my report later on this week, this might give you some idea of what it's like.
- They have only the shakiest idea of the beliefs and principles of either.
- Do you have any idea how much trouble I've gone through today to try to make it perfect for you?
- I know how it feels to be judged by people who don't have any idea what's going on in your life.
- I recently got back into sabre fencing and I have a pretty good idea of how much I lost.
- Do you have any idea how much money you are wasting to travel to all these places?
- You don't get a really good idea of all the work that goes into the art that represents an album.
- Women probably have a better idea of the male world and male values than men do of women's.
- Do you have any idea where they may have been staying in Thailand, if it was one of the beach resorts?
- Which gives you a pretty good idea of how trusted Col. Kline was by his fellow officers.
- In contrast, Kant calls the concepts of pure reason 'transcendental ideas.'
- When you did it, did you have any idea that it would last for decades and decades?
- Also, check out the group of free songs here, to get some idea what I am going on and on about.
- He keeps trying to make deals with people who idea of deals is your capitulation.
- Once you run the numbers, you should have a fairly good idea of what you'll need to live on.
2.2(understanding)idea femininefor a clearer idea consult this book — para hacerse / tener una idea más clara, consulte este libro
- can you give me some idea of what happened at the meeting? — ¿me puedes dar una idea de lo que pasó en la reunión?
- I've got a rough idea of what you mean — ya me hago una idea aproximada de lo que quieres decir
- have you any idea of the damage you've caused? — ¿tú tienes idea / noción del daño que has hecho?
- you have no idea what I went through — no te puedes imaginar lo que pasé
- where is he? — (I've) no idea! — ¿dónde está? — (no tengo) ni idea
- I haven't the slightest / foggiest idea what you're talking about — no tengo (ni) la menor / (ni) la más remota / (ni) la más mínima idea de qué estás hablando
- she has no idea how to handle people — no tiene idea de cómo tratar a la gente
2.3(impression, belief)idea feminineI had an idea you might not stay there very long — me daba la impresión / tenía la idea de que no te quedarías allí mucho tiempo
- whatever gave you that idea? — ¿de dónde sacaste esa idea?
- I don't know where she got the idea I was Belgian — no sé de dónde sacó (la idea de) que yo era belga
- to get the wrong idea
- don't get the wrong idea — no me malinterpretes
- you've got the wrong idea — has entendido mal
- once he gets an idea into his head — cuando se le mete una idea en la cabeza
- (get one's hopes up) to get ideas — hacerse ilusiones
- (become arrogant) OK, you won, but don't start getting ideas — de acuerdo, ganaste, pero que no se te suba a la cabeza
- he has big ideas about becoming a star — está convencido de que se va a convertir en una estrella
- to put ideas in / into sb's head — meterle ideas en la cabeza a algn
- to give sb ideas — meterle ideas en la cabeza a algn
3(view)idea feminineopinión feminineto have old-fashioned ideas — ser de / tener ideas / opiniones anticuadas
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