In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(picture to oneself)(scene/setting) imaginarseit's difficult to imagine anything worse — es difícil imaginar(se) algo peor
- two weeks in Hawaii, imagine! — dos semanas en Hawai ¿te (lo) imaginas? / ¡imagínate!
- I can't imagine not having a car — no me puedo imaginar sin coche
- I can just imagine her saying that — ya me la imagino diciendo eso
- (just) imagine, leaving the poor child alone! — ¡figúrate / imagínate! ¡dejar al pobre niño solo!
- you can imagine how I felt! — ¡te imaginarás cómo me sentí!
- you can't imagine how ill I was! — no te puedes imaginar lo enferma que estuve
- we can't begin to imagine — no nos hacemos ni la más remota idea
- I had expected some reaction from imagining stories of those who did not make it home.
- I could just imagine how things between Roland and I will go.
- Can you imagine the outcry if English football fans were treated in this way?
- I couldn't imagine even going on after that.
- But most Canadians have no trouble imagining that grim scenario.
- But it is difficult to imagine who is going to be fooled by this.
- The main reason we have a hard time imagining these scenarios isn't just that the technical problems are daunting.
- I bet she was imagining the horrors that we were going to go through.
- Have you ever imagined what a million butterflies would look like?
- But never in my wildest dreams did I imagine something like this could have happened.
- However they imagined this end, I cannot help but seeing an image of a body bag being zipped up.
- The surface of a pond represents mental possibility, everything you imagine you could attain.
- Still, it's hard to imagine anyone wanting to see this film while sober.
- "Without my mother, I just can't imagine living, " she says.
- Children's chairs are commonplace now, but the concept had never even been imagined in Newcastle.
- The images of them flying around the house imagining themselves as their favourite anime hero is too cute.
- Sometimes I try to imagine who would be the ideal partner for my friends.
- Ready to go all-out to build the body you imagined in your dreams?
- Can you just imagine how that little scenario of scavenger fun and games unfolded?
- Now imagine just what half a million recalled trucks just cost the General?
2(fancy, mistakenly suppose)you're imagining things — son imaginaciones / figuraciones tuyas
- he imagined he was Napoleon — se creía que era Napoleón
- she keeps imagining that she's being followed — se imagina que la siguen
- don't for one moment imagine that you'll get away with this — no te vayas a creer que esto va a quedar así
3(assume, believe)imaginarsefigurarseI imagine so — supongo / me imagino / me figuro que sí
- I imagine she's very tired — me imagino / me figuro que estará muy cansada
- If the paranoid imagines that everyone he meets is involved in a nebulous pattern of malign intentions, in his accident scene the harm was literal and the direct cause perceptible.
- I watched a man struggled with the stubborn engine and the snow on his car, imagining that he wouldn't be in the best of moods.
- Deduct 10 points for imagining that George might apologise to all concerned.
- The Victorians may be forgiven for imagining that the sun would never set on their empire but, in York at least, they should have anticipated that the tide would eventually rise over it.
- Growing up she imagined that every other woman knew how to raise a child in the same way that they knew how to breathe.
- Without context we can end up imagining that we know it all, that what is past has no value, that maturity and wisdom can come from the pages of a book or the advice of a guru rather than out of the distilled wisdom of a lived life.
- Where he went wrong was in imagining that the same small numbers could then sustain occupation of the country.
- We would have shuffled on for a few more years - imagining that we were coping with a changing world if another train coming down the tracks hadn't blown us completely off course.
- The Swede may have taken up his highly-paid job imagining that landing the World Cup was all that mattered to English football: he knows better now.
- If the trick works, the movements ranged against us will disperse, imagining that the world's problems have been solved.
- We're imagining that the first show will run something like this.
- The uninitiated could be forgiven for imagining that the tradition of heading to a holiday camp for a summer knees-up was in terminal decline.
- I imagine that Oxford and Canterbury had their reasons to believe he might not do a bad job.
- Based on his guess as to the size of the building he imagines that the purchase price would be in the region of US $750-900,000.
- There are also the businessmen with briefcases who look nervously at my camera, imagining that I am a paid spy.
- Yet, put simply, movie-makers have budgetary reasons for imagining that the worst will happen.
- We are supposed to imagine that this telephone conversation could be taking place right now.
- With nothing tangible at stake in terms of league positions, one might have been forgiven for imagining that it would develop into a fairly mundane affair.
- But while it has plenty of gentle slopes, do not let this fool you into imagining that it is purely for softies.
- I think everyone imagines that they are either ‘live’ or far more recent.
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