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(similar to)comohe was like a father to me — fue como un padre para mí
- I want a hat like this one — quiero un sombrero como este
- I heard a noise like (that of) a woman crying — me pareció oír a una mujer llorando
- there was a sound like a distant explosion — se oyó como una explosión a lo lejos
- she's very like her mother — se parece mucho / es muy parecida a su madre
- that photo isn't like you at all! — estás completamente distinta en esa foto
- she said she was 40, but 50's more like it — dijo que tenía 40, pero más bien serían 50
- try this one — now, that's more like it! — prueba con este — ah, esto ya es otra cosa
- come on, stop crying! blow your nose! that's more like it! — vamos, para de llorar, suénate la nariz ¡ahí está! / ¡así me gusta!
- what's the food like at the hotel? — ¿qué tal es la comida en el hotel?
- what's she like as a teacher? — ¿qué tal es como profesora?
- you know what she's like in the mornings! — ya sabes cómo es por las mañanas
- she's always like that — siempre es así
- her name's something like Georgina or Edwina — se llama algo así como Georgina o Edwina
- it cost £20, or something like that — costó 20 libras o algo así / o algo por el estilo
- I've never known anything like it! — ¡nunca he visto cosa igual!
- there's nothing like a nice cup of tea! — no hay como una buena taza de té
1.2(typical of)that's not like her: she's normally so punctual — es muy raro en ella porque suele ser muy puntual
- it's not like him to forget — ¡qué raro que se le haya olvidado!
- it's just like you to think of food — ¡típico! / ¡cuándo no! ¡tú pensando en comida!
1.3(as well as)comoal igual quehe, like all his brothers, became a sailor — él, al igual que / como todos sus hermanos, se hizo marinero
2.1(indicating manner)like this/that — así
- hold it like this — ¡agárralo así!
- don't talk to me like that! — ¡no me hables así!
2.2(in same way as)comodon't treat me like a child! — no me trates como a un niño
- I love you like my own son — te quiero como si fueras mi hijo
2.3(in typical manner)comolike the gentleman he was, he opened the door for me — como buen caballero, me abrió la puerta
3(such as, for example)comosports like swimming and badminton — deportes como la natación y el badminton
- don't do anything silly, like running away — no vayas a hacer una tontería, como escaparte por ejemplo
- let's do it soon, like tomorrow — hagámoslo pronto, mañana, por ejemplo
1(as if)she looks like she knows what she's doing — parece que / da la impresión de que sabe lo que hace
- they stared at him like he was crazy — se quedaron mirándolo como si estuviera loco
- it sounds like they've already arrived — por lo que se oye, parece que ya han llegado
2(as, in same way)comoyou don't know him like I do — tú no lo conoces como yo
1(similar thing, person)the like
- judges, lawyers and the like — jueces, abogados y (otra) gente / (otras) personas por el estilo
- I've never seen/heard the like (of this) — nunca he visto/oído cosa igual
- I doubt we shall ever see its/her like again — dudo que volvamos a ver otro/otra igual
- he doesn't mix with the likes of me/us — no se codea con gente como yo/nosotros
1(similar)parecidosimilarI'm glad we're of like mind on this issue — me alegro de que estemos de acuerdo / pensemos igual sobre este asunto
- people of like minds — gente con ideas afines
- Mr. Richardson said men don't like going to the doctor for a number of reasons.
- Marvin likes steak but won't buy one at a restaurant when he can eat one for a fourth of the price at home.
- He was one of those kids who was good looking, clever, good at sport and liked by everybody.
- His fans like to point out his immense natural talent and I agree, he is very talented.
- She is a friendly dog but unlike most very small dogs, she does not like to be picked up.
- As a manager everyone likes him, respects him and wants him to stay.
- For some reason, boys don't like being interviewed.
- I like big events and know how to prepare for and focus on big games and tournaments.
- And if they like my ideas better than hers, they should vote for me.
- If you're not sure what music your daughter likes, consider giving her a store voucher, so she can make her own choice.
- Like many 11-year-old boys, Daniel likes riding his bike and hanging around with his mates.
- What Don likes best about Finley is his eagerness to learn.
- One thing I particularly like about living here is that it's dead quiet at night.
- Like most children of elderly parents, Mike hadn't much liked the thought of finding a care home for his mum.
- I know I started playing guitar because I didn't like playing the piano.
- At the same time, he is reserved and doesn't always like to talk about himself.
- I'm liking Craig Ferguson more and more as time goes by.
- She likes reading, writing, listening to music, and watching movies.
- Little wonder that the fans don't like the sound of that.
- This recipe is guaranteed to please almost anyone who likes chocolate.
- Peter loved farming, and he liked nothing better than helping out his dad with the cattle.
- It is only for one year initially, but I would like to stay longer as Ivana and I are enjoying it here.
- The US does whatever it likes regardless of what has happened in the past.
- They are asked to list, in order of preference, six schools they would like their son or daughter to go to.
- I'd like you to come and meet my parents.
- He said he would like to go on to university and is considering a future career in accountancy.
- They would like to rent for a short time as they have been to see various houses in the last few weeks.
- About a month ago, he suddenly said No, he wasn't going to sell it, they could rent it if they liked.
- The committee would like a little more help in their efforts to promote sport in the area.
- Would you like a cup of tea while you wait?
- He would like to work for a club as a promoter and later start his own record label.
- If you don't mind, I'd really like to go home and think about all this for a while.
- Mr Dunne is entitled to say what he likes - as is each and every one of us.
- Sit down, please; would you like a drink?
- ‘What would you like for breakfast?’ Mrs. Roberts asked.
- I have nothing against Mick and would have liked him to stay on as manager until the end of the season.
- He was very special to me and I would like for everybody to know what a wonderful man he was.
- I never have time to read all the books I would like to.
- However, as I work flat out, it's difficult to find as much time as I'd like for this.
- Were there any areas of research that you had to leave out of the book that you'd have liked to have included?
- We now have a granddaughter and we and her parents would like to put some money away for her future.
1(likely)as like as not, she won't come — lo más probable es que no venga
2(nearly)this film is nothing like as good as the first — esta película no es tan buena como la primera ni mucho menos
- if it's anything like as cold today … — como haga el mismo frío hoy …
- have you finished? — nothing like — ¿has terminado? — ni mucho menos
- champagne? sparkling wine, more like! — ¿champán? ¡dirás más bien vino espumante!
3informal(used as filler)I was only trying to be friendly, like — yo solo quería ser amable
- it was Christmas, like, so we wanted to have some fun — era Navidad ¿no? y queríamos divertirnos
1(enjoy, be fond of)I/we like tennis — me/nos gusta el tenis
- I/we like apples — me/nos gustan las manzanas
- my sister doesn't like cats — a mi hermana no le gustan los gatos
- did you like the film? — ¿te gustó la película?
- I like you — me gustas
- she likes him, but she doesn't love him — le resulta simpático pero no lo quiere
- she likes them tall — le gustan (los hombres) altos
- I'm not liked here — aquí no se me quiere
- I like that one better — me gusta más ese
- I like that one best — el que más me gusta es ese
- how do you like your egg? — ¿cómo quieres el huevo?
- I like my meat rare — me gusta la carne poco hecha
- how do you like my dress? — ¿qué te parece mi vestido?
- how do you like that? he didn't even say thanks! — ¡habráse visto! / ¡qué te parece! no dio ni las gracias
- how would you like an ice-cream? — ¿te apetece un helado?
- how would you like it if someone did that to you? — ¿a que no te gustaría / a que no te haría gracia que te lo hicieran a ti?
- orchids like a damp climate — las orquídeas prefieren un clima húmedo
- I don't like the look of him — no me gusta su aspecto
- we didn't like the look of the place — no nos gustó el aspecto del lugar
- I don't like it (one little bit) — esto no me gusta nada
- I like it! — (joke) ¡muy bueno!
- he wouldn't have liked it if he had lost — no le hubiera hecho ninguna gracia perder
- I like that! — ¡habráse visto!
- I like his nerve! — ¡qué cara tiene!
- help yourself to as much as you like/ all you like — sírvete todo lo que quieras
- do as / what you like — haz lo que quieras / lo que te parezca
- to like -ing /to + inf
- to like sb -ing /to + inf
- I like dancing — me gusta bailar
- she likes to have breakfast before eight — le gusta desayunar antes de las ocho
- I like to think I speak French quite well — yo creo que hablo bastante bien el francés
- I like to think of myself as fair-minded — me considero una persona justa
- I'd like to think he didn't do it on purpose — quiero creer que no lo hizo a propósito
- she didn't like to ask her parents for money — no quiso pedirles dinero a sus padres
- I don't like to mention it, but … — no quiero (tener que) decírtelo pero …
- she likes everybody running around after her — le gusta que todo el mundo ande alrededor de ella
- we like him to write to us every so often — nos gusta que nos escriba de vez en cuando
2(in requests, wishes)quererwe would just like to say how grateful we are — queríamos decirle lo agradecidos que estamos
- would you like a cup of tea/me to help you? — ¿quieres una taza de té/que te ayude?
- I should like you to have it — querría / me gustaría que te lo quedaras
- I'd like two melons, please — (me da) dos melones, por favor
1quererif you like — si te parece
- just as you like, sir — como usted diga, señor
1(sth liked)her/his likes and dislikes — sus preferencias / gustos
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