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 year's exhibition will show how the latest ideas and suggestions are being developed.
- Many of the audience have pledged to do far more than just one of the ideas suggested in the programme.
- None of this is to suggest that the driver retraining course is a bad idea or a soft option.
- We really want to hear what people think of this and to hear their ideas and suggestions.
- Of the ten ideas suggested, five attracted significantly more votes than the rest.
- I suggest a few ideas in my book, but as you say, who would have a go at cleaning it up in government?
- Of course, ideas like this will not be the only way in which people are encouraged to make a difference.
- The scrutiny board is also looking for ideas on possible events and activities linked to the rivers.
- 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.
- Downing Street, however, described the suggestion as an idea, not a formal proposal.
- Members are also asked to suggest activity ideas for the group to pursue during the year.
- This weekend I've been quite busy at work on a little project that came out of an idea that Tamsin suggested to me.
- She had suggested the idea to David and Robbie whilst they were in Los Angeles recently.
- An English geologist has come up with one of the most ingenious ideas yet suggested.
- This is of course a neat idea and Mo is a very generous man for doing it.
- Even more could be spent if residents suggest good ideas to improve transport facilities.
- Everyone liked her ideas but several suggested that she first talk to the mayor.
- He suggested a number of ideas that would change the society and destiny of the island.
- The Trust is also on the look out for new members to put forward suggestions and ideas for future projects.
- If his ideas pay off, though, it won't be long before gates rise and monies come in.
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?
- Of course, the whole idea is to go there to concentrate and focus on the work, not on what to do in the evenings.
- Part and parcel of Jewish belief is the idea that God entrusted His message to the Sages.
- Absolutely and at the core of their approach was of course the idea that we are made up of the balance of four humours.
- 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.
- She was quiet for the whole session; she did not share her opinions or ideas on the text they were studying.
- The whole idea of on-line courses is that everyone can study what they want.
- His responses suggest possible resistance to the idea that personal changes are needed.
- No other institution enjoys such sweeping powers to suppress the expression of opinions and ideas.
- Many of Galton's ideas were, of course, based on prejudices he brought to his science.
- 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.
- What I don't understand is the idea that any criticism of America is not appropriate.
- The idea that we must take action to avoid a Brave New World resonates powerfully within our culture.
- 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 terrorists must not allow the idea to spread around that you are safe so long as you are neither an unbeliever or a foreigner.
- What I love is the idea that the public needs to see punishment taking place.
- 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.
- Now it's emerged that Google and Comcast have their own ideas for a possible tie-up.
- It's time to give up, or at least to give up the idea that a unilingual public should be able to follow.
- The idea was to meet as diverse a mix of people and hear as many differing ideas as was possible.
- In my opinion, the whole idea of Islamic Revolution was about the God's role in the society.
- Perhaps the idea of us meeting up again was not the purpose of our encounter.
- It involves listening to the other side, not with the idea of debate but for the purpose of learning.
- Of course, the idea that there really were boy knights fighting in the Middle Ages we now know to be a misconception.
- The idea, of course, is that customers are driven to HMV as soon as the New Year sales begin.
- That they cut the phone line as well makes it more sinister and suggests that the idea was to endanger life.
- The idea, I suppose, is that while Santa was fiddling the lock his reindeer would hover over the driveway.
- Of course, the idea that all men are created equal does not mean that all men are created the same.
- If you were passing you wouldn't give this door a second look, which must have been the idea when they installed it.
- Instead we must turn to what is intelligible: the values, beliefs and ideas revealed by art.
- In my opinion, these ideas and ideals are slipping fast, and we need to fight for them.
- Surely the idea must have been to share it equally - and if it is his home too, should he be forced out of it?
- Allan has other ideas, of course, and a bid for one or other of his rivals now looks certain.
- There was a temptation to chuck it in the bin, but I suppose that defeats the idea.
- In fact, it's that good it would make you want to go out walking, which I suppose is the whole idea.
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!
- The implication is that the Chinese have either no idea of beauty or a wrong one.
- If you've been wondering what the book is about, this will give you a much better idea.
- He keeps trying to make deals with people who idea of deals is your capitulation.
- Do you have any idea how long a hold on new space shuttle takeoffs will continue?
- You don't get a really good idea of all the work that goes into the art that represents an album.
- Do you have any idea where they may have been staying in Thailand, if it was one of the beach resorts?
- Until my report later on this week, this might give you some idea of what it's like.
- Once you run the numbers, you should have a fairly good idea of what you'll need to live on.
- 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.
- Which gives you a pretty good idea of how trusted Col. Kline was by his fellow officers.
- Many of us perhaps have little idea what it must be like to be in the depths of despair.
- When you did it, did you have any idea that it would last for decades and decades?
- So do you have any idea who influenced the artist Kanye West when he was growing up?
- 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.
- 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.
- Do you have any idea how much money you are wasting to travel to all these places?
- They have only the shakiest idea of the beliefs and principles of either.
- Women probably have a better idea of the male world and male values than men do of women's.
- Also, check out the group of free songs here, to get some idea what I am going on and on about.
- In contrast, Kant calls the concepts of pure reason 'transcendental ideas.'
- Do you have any idea how much trouble I've gone through today to try to make it perfect for you?
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(get one's hopes up, impression, belief, become arrogant)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 — a ver si me entiendes
- 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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