In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(existence)vida feminine(member/president/pension) vitalicioI spend my whole life picking up after you — me paso la vida recogiendo lo que dejas tirado
- never in my life have I been so embarrassed — en la vida había pasado tanta vergüenza
- it will last you for life — te durará toda la vida
- maimed for life — lisiado de por vida
- a post held for life — un cargo vitalicio
- I'd like to live here for the rest of my life — me gustaría vivir aquí el resto de mis días
- he came to politics early in life — empezó su carrera política en su juventud
- in later life she entered a convent — más tarde / más adelante se hizo monja
- he began life as a car salesman — empezó vendiendo coches
- eternal / everlasting life — la vida eterna
- life's been unkind to him — la vida lo ha tratado mal
- there was appalling loss of life — hubo muchísimos muertos
- a life-and-death decision — una decisión de vida o muerte
- he couldn't darn a sock to save his life — no sería capaz de zurcir un calcetín ni aun si le fuera la vida en ello
- (to have) the shock of one's life — (llevarse) el susto de su (or mi etc.) vida
- she gave the performance of her life — actuó como nunca
- life begins at 40 — la vida comienza a los 40
- life insurance policy — póliza de seguro de vida
- my life story — la historia de mi vida
- So he owes us an explanation why only the lives of human beings are sacred.
- Wild animals and tropical diseases claim the lives of thousands of laborers.
- Zambia will benefit more if the lives of animals in forest reserves are preserved and protected against poachers.
- Meanwhile new moments in the life of the nation continue to inspire songs.
- An individual life is a small thing, which must be seized and relished in equal measure.
- The lids seal tight, prolonging the shelf life of the contents.
- One of the defining evils of terrorism is that it uses human beings' lives to send a political message.
- This refers to the life of the machine and cannot be transferred to the next one you purchase.
- The mammal society said these features could be used to identify hotspots where action could be taken to save animal lives.
- Her campaigns to save animal lives have made headlines around the world.
- The lives of several animals, which were staying there overnight, were put at risk.
- It's their profits they are weeping over, not the animals' lives.
- Those of us who presume to speak for the lives of individual animals need to observe our subjects very carefully indeed.
- I think definitely it should be done if it involves the lives of human beings.
- The farmer was trying to protect the lives of many animals through what he did.
- In no time at all, this network of like-minded individuals is developing a life of its own.
- Battery life depends so much on usage that we didn't carry out a specific duration test.
- The lives of most wild animals will be terminated by violence, by starvation, or by disease.
- The accident involving a truck and a car claimed the lives of five people.
- The jubilation of a Welsh rugby success turned to tragedy at the weekend when a car crash claimed the lives of two young men.
- Three children are fighting for their lives after the car they were in plunged into a lake yesterday afternoon.
- The product's proprietary plastic bottle also prevents light-induced oxidation and helps to prolong its shelf life.
- Two men are fighting for their lives after a head-on car smash in Radcliffe.
- Long ambulance journeys are putting the lives of severely ill patients at risk, according to the first research to test the government's plans to close some A&E departments.
- A high-speed head-on car crash claimed the lives of a teenager and two elderly women, an inquest heard.
- The answerphone has storage for only 20 minutes of messages, but battery life is good.
- We insist that the law protect the lives of human beings with special firmness and care.
2.1(vital force)vida feminine
- The two of them together are a dynamic team, full of energy, life and very headstrong.
- The juxtaposition of my somewhat flatly morbid work with the life and vitality of the farm is quite provoking.
- She is smiling in a swimsuit, or rather laughing, and her eyes are alive with life.
- She was a wonderful woman, the life and soul, full of energy, always telling stories.
- They were full of energy and life and argued their convictions against the war convincingly.
- In other words, squeeze the life out of the game and see if they can sneak a goal and cling doggedly to the lead.
2.2(vitality)vida femininevitalidad femininethe measures injected new life into the economy — las medidas revitalizaron la economía
- there's life in the old dog yet — tengo (or tiene) mucho espíritu a pesar de los años
3(lifestyle)vida femininewe lead a quiet life — llevamos una vida tranquila
- married life — la vida de casado
- he's too fond of the good life — es demasiado aficionado a la buena vida
- oh, anything for a quiet life — mira, lo que sea, con tal de que me dejen (or dejes etc.) en paz
- before noun life event — acontecimiento vital / de la vida
- life member — miembro vitalicia
- There is a lot of talk in our group about applying spiritual practices to our business lives.
- Despite her filial devotion, Moore did not leave college expecting to spend her adult life with her mother.
- Much progress have been achieved in all aspects of their daily lives.
- One only has to look at refugee law to see international law having a direct affect on individual lives.
- The acting matron, who's worked at Lynwood for 19 years, says residents enjoy full social lives.
- And this again is true for each one of you, in all that you do in your own individual lives.
- Shakespeare probably ruined my social life at this school also, for all I know.
- In our everyday lives, we treat animals as a means to our ends, but we increasingly lack moral justifications for doing so.
- Their polytheistic view influenced every aspect of their daily lives.
- You need discipline to get results in your social, sporting and professional lives but too many individuals here take a soft option.
- The novelist's story ends just as the literary lives of the historical Charles and Mary Lamb began.
- Have we forgotten that interaction and association are important factors in the social lives of humans?
- The worldly life and the religious life are always considered two sides of a coin in Islam.
- The worst period in my working life was the period during the Thatcher years.
- How much we could all get by way of tax cuts if we could rebuild family life in this country!
- Is it possible for a couple to have a threesome without risking their love life?
- I had also spent most of my working life writing profiles of people for newspapers.
- Wouldn't this kind of attitude to the religious life be seen as somewhat dangerous?
- The play aims to give a humorous portrayal of the everyday life of normal mums.
- Gen Xers refuse to sacrifice their personal lives for the sake of the job.
4(living things)vida feminineanimal/plant life — vida animal/vegetal
- The tide was way out and most of the bird life was as well, but I was happy to wait and see how the rising tide would affect them.
- It is also worth using bread at the times people are feeding the bird life.
- In a matter of minutes, the hallway is not barren and lonely; it teems with life and sound.
- The marine and bird life that followed the boat matched that observed by the Endeavour crew.
- The prop and rudder were intact here as well, and the whole wreck was alive with life.
- If even microbial life exists on Mars, it would produce methane, and would need water to survive.
- The fine paintings of Kota bring alive the teeming life of the hills of Rajasthan.
- You may also see seals, dolphins and sometimes whales, as well as bird and fish life.
- I was still outside its atmosphere, and I could see it was made of gas and seemed to have no life existing on it.
- The Cretaceous was thus the time in which life as it now exists on Earth came together.
- The banks are green again after months of gloom and the margins are alive with life.
- The streets were alive with life this Monday morning on the streets of Manhattan.
- As they entered, they walked through a hallway and into the living room in search of a sign of life.
- What have been the consequences of large waves and water movement to whatever life existed on its surface?
- The discovery suggests that life could exist on planets very different from Earth.
- There was very little in the way of animal life on the islands, sheep mainly, but the bird life more than made up for that.
- Enjoy the lush foliage, the endemic bird life and some leg stretching all at the same time.
- There are fine examples of native trees with their names on them, and plenty of bird life.
- It is a haven for bird life and other wildlife - roe deer and red squirrels can often be spotted from the house.
- The hedge is teeming with wild bird life and just now, at the height of the nesting season, a model of industry.
5(duration)feminine duraciónfeminine vidafeminine vigenciathe useful life of a machine — la vida útil de una máquina
6informal(imprisonment)cadena perpetua femininehe got life — lo condenaron a cadena perpetua
- He was sentenced to life and is currently in Wakefield top security prison.
- There was a huge public outcry when he was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life.
- In England and Wales the same offence is treated as rape where the maximum sentence can be life.
- He was sentenced to life in December last year for the murders of the girls.
- He was a tough Scotsman and had been sentenced to life for the murder of a man in a drunken brawl.
- He was sentenced to life, and must serve a minimum of nine years before he is eligible for parole.
7Art(drawing) del naturalto paint/draw from life — pintar/dibujar del natural
- before noun life class — clase (de dibujo / pintura etc.) con modelo vivo
- As a result it became a real practical proposition to use the apparatus for making drawings from life.
- From this process emerges spontaneous sketches and studied works from life or the imagination.
- Anybody who has ever drawn from life can tell you that drawing is like touching.
- It took him a mere two hours to sculpt his subject from life in wax before going on to mould the likeness in his unique paste.
- The large back room features portraits drawn from life - the actual rather than the ideal.
- Already his painting recorded a scene of a disappearing London that had been painted from life.
- I trained as a painter initially, and spent a lot of my time drawing from life.
- At this period El Greco did not paint from life, except for the heads in his portraits.
- There were various poems, legends, saint's lives, chronicles and similar literature.
- He also began work on his life of 17th century biographer and antiquarian John Aubrey.
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