In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(act, sound)risa femininefeminine carcajadafeminine risotadaI recognized his laugh — reconocí su risa
- she gave a nervous laugh — se rió nerviosamente
- she has a horrible laugh — tiene una manera horrible de reírse
- don't worry, she said with a little laugh — —no te preocupes —dijo con una risita
- to have a laugh (about/at sth) — reírse (de algo)
- I could do with a good laugh — no me vendría mal reírme un rato
- give us a laugh — haznos reír
- the book is full of laughs — el libro es muy divertido
- Max barely stifled an explosive laugh of relief.
- A nervous little laugh escaped her, to her chagrin.
- Trying to make the audience laugh is perhaps not much more difficult than trying to explain why it laughs.
- Her laugh sounded forced and nervous sometimes, but you could tell the difference.
- It was a real laugh, a ha-ha laugh, unlike the fit of hysterics he'd had earlier.
- I have not heard an audience laugh so hard and so long in a movie theater in a long time.
- All he knew was that that laugh sounded like nothing he had ever heard before.
- Matt laughed so hard that he snorted and it only made us laugh harder.
- A laugh came to her eyes, like she was remembering some funny memory.
- She gave a nervous little laugh, unable to hold his gaze any longer.
- I gave a mirthless laugh at her joke and continued my search.
- She laughed a tinkling little laugh, and I wondered if she even knew about Becca.
- Make your own mind up and laugh along the way.
- Michael's weak attempt to stifle a laugh was futile.
- He had the same lopsided grin he sported to make people laugh at his antics.
- He looked back at his friend over his shoulder and laughed a short, hearty laugh.
- But his plan became clear as she started bursting out with guffaws and laughs and giggles when he tickled her.
- But the laugh sounded false, and she didn't think it was very funny.
- He let out a loud, hearty laugh.
- The man's laugh echoed against the metal walls as he left the hanger.
2informal(joke, fun)it will be a laugh — será divertido
- she's a good laugh — es muy divertida
- to do/say sth for a laugh — hacer/decir algo de cachondeo
- she told you she was too busy? that's a laugh! — ¿te dijo que tenía mucho que hacer? ¡no me hagas reír!
- Kate's the funny, bubbly one in the group, so wherever they go they always have a laugh.
- After dinner, people swap stories, play music, have a laugh.
- And if not, well, at least we can all share a good laugh about it.
- The head doorman is a bit of joker and you can have a laugh with him but it's not advisable to upset him too much.
- I have to confess that I always get a good belly laugh out of such nonsense.
- For audiences, the point of comedy is to have a laugh.
- He loved to have a laugh, a bit of fun and to have a drink.
- And there are plenty of laughs along the way to make up for it.
- We're not as good as some of the other teams, but we have a good laugh.
- It was good to see the crowd stop taking themselves so seriously and have a laugh for once!
- Time to actually talk to patients, make a fuss of the kids and have a laugh.
- And nothing cures a cold as efficiently as a good laugh.
- And now for a good laugh: Andie passes along this gem from the Onion.
- Sometimes, especially when going to bed, it was good just to have a laugh, and forget about the worries of the day.
- Fun, light spirited and cute, you like to have a laugh, but never take a lot of things seriously.
- He showed his sense of humour and gave the public plenty of laughs along the way.
- Who am I to complain about them, they just wanted a good laugh, and I was glad I provided some entertainment on the last lazy, unproductive Friday.
- It was good to talk about it, have a laugh and clear the air.
- What I miss is being able to relax, see my mates, go for a beer and have a laugh.
- I get dressed up and go to work at a pub or a club; I see colleagues and have a laugh.
1reír(se)I couldn't stop laughing — no podía parar de reír(me)
- she laughed out loud/to herself — se rió a carcajadas/para sus adentros
- to burst out laughing — soltar una carcajada
- to make sb laugh — hacer reír a algn
- it's all very well for you to laugh — (tú) ríete si quieres
- to laugh about sth — reírse de algo
- there's nothing to laugh about — no sé de qué te ríes
- to laugh at sb/sth — reírse de algn/algo
- don't laugh at me — no te rías de mí
- once you've got a work permit, you're laughing — una vez que tengas el permiso de trabajo, el resto es coser y cantar
- The audience laughed lightly at the absurdity of this.
- The script had jokes in it, you could tell, but no one laughed because of the timing.
- She told me herself and I laughed until my eyes leaked tears and my nose leaked snot.
- Your excitement was infectious as you laughed and gasped as we were whirled and twisted.
- Matt almost laughed aloud in spite of himself.
- He liked the way sometimes a little crease wrinkled the side of her nose when she laughed.
- Amy laughed hysterically at her joke and placed the items on the conveyer belt.
- He almost laughed out loud at how clumsy he had been at that age.
- Kate laughed as she looked at him, wondering just what was going through his mind.
- She laughed until the tears attempted to roll up her appley cheeks and she had to beg for mercy.
- We laughed, we flirted and we agreed to continue having the great talks we have together.
- As we waited to go out again, we sat in a circle, laughed and ate hot cross buns.
- Rarely, he remarked afterwards, had an audience laughed so heartily at his jokes.
- Will laughed quietly and I looked up to see him nodding, looking at me softly with a smile.
- All the kids around the playground laughed hysterically at this pathetic joke.
- They really laughed and asked some good questions and most of them bought a book.
- I laughed all the way through and in the end I left the cinema grinning from ear to ear.
- With the tension broken, both men laughed heartily at the thought.
- He then laughed in a way that sane people do not laugh and asked for ten male volunteers.
- I told her she had already sent one and she laughed and said her memory was going.
1they were laughed off the stage — se rieron tanto de ellos, que tuvieron que salir del escenario
- you don't say!, he laughed — —¡no me digas! —dijo riendo
- Don't rise to their teasing; try and laugh it off or just plain ignore them!
- Apologize in a lighthearted way, and laugh it off by turning it into a joke.
- When I was a child, if I told my parents I thought they were wrong about whatever they would just shrug and laugh it off, maybe correcting my grammar along the way.
- Probably thinking I hadn't caught the exchange, he shook his head, laughed it off, ‘Never mind.’
- Ordinarily, Alexander's slip in the radio studio would be laughed off as a joke.
- I've tried talking to my parents but they just seem to laugh it off and ignore me saying that I'll feel better tomorrow.
- Mention this to the star and he simply laughs it off.
- He never seems to notice, he shrugs, laughs it off, but she smiles at these women, at every one, she smiles into their eyes.
- She tried to laugh it off dismissively, but her words seemed to pique his interest.
- Avoiding, dismissing or laughing them off on a consistent basis means that many important issues go unresolved.
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