In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1comparative littler" /;ˈlɪtlərˈlɪtlə(r)/superlative "littlest /ˈlɪtləst/
1.1(small)pequeñochico Latin AmericaI don't like little dogs — no me gustan los perros pequeños
- a lovely little dog — un perrito precioso
- what's in the little box? — ¿qué hay en la caja chica?
- what's in that little box? — ¿qué hay en esa cajita?
- would you like some more? — just a little piece — ¿quieres más? — bueno, un pedacito / un trocito
- a little old lady — una viejecita
- sit down (for) a little while — siéntate un ratito
- she is a little bit better — está un poquito mejor / algo mejor
- Both men saw the rabbit race from the branches with his little puffy tail ablaze.
- There's always a little old man sat behind the counter, and no one ever seems to be in there.
- They're like tiny little orange triangular men, all silently judging you as you drive past them.
- A little old lady lined up behind me with a carton of rice milk and some organic ginger biscuits.
- In one shop, I bought a beautiful little Russian icon, painted on a wooden panel.
- But try telling that to the little old lady who has waited in vain a couple of years for a vital eye operation.
- Possibly he has little complimentary sachets of shampoo and shower gel too.
- The little family groups which dig in for a spot of breeze could not have asked for anything better.
- In this, she is like every poor little rich girl the world has ever known.
- They are mean and petty and will fight each other to the death over one little tiny nut.
- Special little token prizes will be presented to all boys and girls under three and four.
- All he needed to do now was to point his telescope at the sun all day and look for a little black spot.
- What you can do to avoid that is to eat a number of little small meals throughout the day.
- Many shops throughout Europe are selling cute little furry kitten figurines.
- The little back area is for sitting down, chilling out, reading the papers.
- While a little black spot on the sun may seem like a simple act, the transit of Venus is not.
- In the shadow of that pyramid, conspiracy theories are little grassy knolls.
- When you put it in your tea you have little waxy bits floating at the top of the mug.
- I am not this little old biddy sitting at home with nothing better to do.
- You're left with a neat little philosophical exercise in trying to assess the true source of its value.
1.2(young)pequeñochico Latin Americawhen I was little — cuando era pequeña / pequeñita
- what's your little sister/brother called? — ¿cómo se llama tu hermanita/hermanito?
- I didn't work while the children were little — yo no trabajaba cuando los niños eran pequeños
- When we were little however we used to be made fun of all the time by a boy who moved away.
- I was walking home with my little brother the other evening and we stumbled across this car.
- It is exactly like the arguments your parents gave you when you were little.
- I was too little to understand what had happened and too intimidated to argue with the teacher.
- One of my friends has a little brother who was a member of the Stampede Showband.
- I had to sacrifice a lot of things in order to be home to take care of my little brother.
- I stay with the same family when I am there, and I am Uncle Hamish to a lot of little Moroccan children.
- She was humming a tune to a song that her mother use to sing to her when she was little.
- When I was little, my mother had a cleaner come around who was also an Avon lady in her spare time.
- One young girl said Gavin was a popular little boy who was always full of energy.
- Perhaps he was a little boy who died young, and this is how the author conceived his subsequent adventures.
- Finding someone close to the perfect person is never as easy as you are led to believe when you're little.
- As I saw him off at the airport, I was at once proud of him, sad and anxious - he was my little brother.
- He had played a big role in my life since I was little so he would always be a part of my life.
- One night, when I was little, I heard a report on the probability of nuclear attack.
- He had also tried to walk on water when he was little but the outcome was unsuccessful.
- It's funny that my favorite thing when I was little is no longer my favorite thing at all.
- I had a long chat with my little brother this week about starting up my business.
- In her younger years, the little girl had an intense loyalty to her father.
- My little sister and all my other little girly cousins went to the chemist to get their ears pierced.
1.3(insignificant)pequeñothen there's the little matter of the missing million dollars — está también el pequeño detalle del millón de dólares que falta ironic
- these multinationals couldn't care less about the little man — para estas multinacionales el individuo no cuenta
- But it will be nice to be able to sit back and enjoy the show without having to worry about every little detail.
- It looked like a normal house, but there were just so many little incidental details.
- As the game swung to the other end, the Hawks had a chance to demonstrate the little routine they do from most lineouts.
- I suppose the best encouragement I can offer is to pay attention to all the little details.
- I like the little details, like the space to rest your left foot, and the movement of the seat.
- Where are the natty details, the pleasing little touches that make you proud to be an owner?
- Was it the big plot points that you wanted to reflect in your life or the mundane little details that you were going for?
- If they ask, you could always tell a little white lie and say you were doing, I dunno, tai chi or something.
1.4informal (expressing speaker's attitude)I know your little game! — ¡ya te conozco el jueguito! informal
- you poor little thing! — ¡pobrecito!
- I know a little man who can repair it for you — sé de alguien que te lo puede arreglar
- I can't stand the little man — al tipo ese no lo aguanto
- can I tempt you to a little something? — ¿te puedo ofrecer alguna cosita?
2comparative less" superlative "least
2.1(not much)pocothere is very little bread/milk left — queda muy poco pan/muy poca leche
- from what little information we have — por lo poco que sabemos
- a television uses less electricity than a toaster — un televisor gasta menos electricidad que una tostadora
- in less time than it takes to boil an egg — en menos que canta un gallo
- he had little talent and even less charm — tenía poco talento y aún menos encanto
- I have no less reason than you to be angry — tengo tantos motivos como tú para estar enfadado
- we've had a bit/lot less snow than you — aquí ha habido un poco menos de nieve/mucha menos nieve que allí
- he has (the) least talent of all — es el que menos talento tiene
2.2a little — un poco
- there's a little wine left — queda un poco de vino
- I know a little Spanish — sé un poco de español
1(not much)pocopocathere was little to do — había poco que hacer
- there was little left to eat — quedaba poca comida
- little of the original fresco remains — queda poco del fresco original
- we see very little of him nowadays — lo vemos muy poco últimamente
- the little that she earns — lo poco que gana
- from as little as $2,000 — a partir de tan solo 2.000 dólares
- he's saying less than he knows — se está callando algo
- I get paid less than you — me pagan menos que a ti
- a yard is less than a meter — una yarda es menos que un metro
- in less than a year — en menos de un año
- Jean earns (the) least of all — Jean es la que menos gana de todos
- that's the least of it — eso es lo de menos
- But there appears to be little hard evidence of pupils failing to turn up for the second paper.
- There has been little public discussion of this, and even less consultation.
- As the air cleared they saw that apart from a small linen cupboard there was little actual damage to the building.
- Were he at the centre of power today it would be little different, the tribunals notwithstanding.
- There can be little doubt about that because it happens to be the law of nature.
- This means there will be very little on-street parking available in this area.
- There is little happy middle ground and the public is left not knowing whether to take it seriously or to ignore it all.
- She said existing day centres had little extra capacity for pensioners from the threatened clubs.
- She has now played four tournaments and won three of them, but there is very little sentimental about her.
- However, the use of a variety of instruments does little to emphasize the indivisibility of rights.
- Most of these children had no conception of art, and little previous experience of being creative.
- There is little doubt that these cases in particular have led to the numerous threats to her life.
- Very little happened to it other than it took it slightly out of alignment.
- Yes, it is the silly season, both locally and nationally, with little news worth reporting.
- My point today is not whether you think I have done too little or too much.
- Green says there has been little available in the way of arts programming for some years.
- Once sickness arrived they had little natural resistance and quickly died.
- There appears to have been little adverse reaction from those at the party about Harry's costume.
- But he had little doubt about that side of the midfielder's game when he signed him in the summer.
- He said the defendants had lied to police, lied to the court and demonstrated little genuine remorse.
2a little — un poco
- today she managed to eat a little — hoy ha podido comer algo / un poco
- a little goes a long way — un poco cunde mucho
- He asked me, as someone who knows a little of the reality, if I could help to set the record straight.
- In the end, they adopted a little of both, which may have been their ultimate undoing.
- Most of the stuff out there just doesn't pack the same punch that the old tunes do and we want to bring back a little of the old touch.
- Put them in shallow dish and pour a little of the lime juice over them.
- I want to try to explain a little of what sociologists see as distinctive about the times we live in.
- There are countries the world over crying out for a little of that prosperity.
- To enhance enjoyment of the walk, what better than to know a little of the history of the bridges you will pass along the way?
- Francis seemed to start quietly but became a little of a revelation as the show went on.
- Sprinkle with a little of the leftover spring onions and serve immediately with extra cheese.
- Tourists and locals alike last night flocked to the pub to see if they could capture a little of the magic.
- Since the old adage of a little of what you fancy doing you good is now applicable to chocolate, we can all breathe a sigh of relief.
- At one time most farms were mixed farms, which meant they kept a little of everything and often grew a variety of crops.
- Add a little of the cooking water if the pasta seems too dry, then serve.
- I was going to tell you a little of what's been happening, but there are two things standing in my way.
- We would say a little of what you fancy is fine, but you shouldn't over-indulge in anything.
- I can't not tell that story in a way that doesn't bring a little of that to the front of my own head again.
- The smart traveller takes a little of everything because things can, and do, go wrong.
- Maybe you want a little of this and a little of that - there's no harm in experimenting.
- Any oxtail had vanished and it stank of truffle oil; a little of this condiment goes a long way.
- Warm a little of the oil by putting a small jar of it in a pan of warm water.
1(not much)pocohe goes out very little — sale muy poco
- his music is little known in this country — su música es poco conocida en este país
- it is a little known fact that … — es un hecho poco conocido que …
- you should worry less about the future — te tienes que preocupar menos por el futuro
- she's never been less than fair with me — siempre ha sido justa conmigo
- the campaign has been somewhat less than a success — la campaña no ha tenido mucho éxito que digamos
- I like her (the) least — es la que menos me gusta
- just when we were least expecting it — cuando menos lo esperábamos
- You need to get into the habit of drinking water little and often - before, during and after training.
- Whatever happened in the past, the biblical message is little known in those lands today.
- Here, too, he enjoyed little financial success but the publication went on to greater things.
2(hardly, not)little did he know that she had already left — lo que menos se imaginaba era que ella ya se había ido
- my tiredness was less physical than mental — el cansancio que sentía era más bien mental que físico
- no one likes him, least of all his brother — nadie lo quiere, y su hermano, menos que nadie
- It creates the illusion of intimacy when, in fact, the mental distances have changed little.
- They pointed out how little human nature has changed over the last thousand years.
- We are little wiser about her wishes or perceptions, except that she would have liked to stay at The Arc.
- Oh wait that's little different to being ruled by a mobster, and brutally murdered and repressed.
- That this in turn should lead to negative growth in the fourth quarter is now little in doubt.
- Yet this role is little noticed in the US and often incomprehensible to America's allies.
3a little — un poco
- this will hurt a little — te va a doler un poco
- do you speak French? — a little — ¿hablas francés? — algo / un poco
- I'm feeling a little tired — estoy algo / un poco cansado
- it needs a little more salt — necesita un poco más de sal
- a little less noise, please — hagan menos ruido, por favor
- won't you stay a little? — ¿no te quieres quedar un ratito?
- In this country there has always been something a little amateurish about gambling.
- The day after the night when the clocks change is always a little strange, don't you find?
- It is always sensible to be a little sceptical about the politicians' preparedness.
- His trees and waves were always a little solid, a little lumpy, and now the buildings are, too.
- I must admit, I was still a little afraid of this world that was still new and foreign to me.
- I feel a little guilty that my parents will have gone home less relaxed then when they arrived.
- Deviating from the install instructions for a device is always a little dangerous.
- Naturally we were all a little apprehensive as we touched the ice and slid along the wild runway.
- The haddock was a bright white colour, but tasted a little tough, as if it had been overcooked a tad.
- This was my only disappointment of the evening, being a little insipid for my taste.
- I am a little afraid to ask what it is, but I do know I will not be eating much of this.
- One Moroccan girl said that she was a little afraid, since the murderer was a Moroccan.
- My sense of isolation has shifted slightly from being wholly pleasant to being a little edgy.
- Things were always a little shaky, but it has never been this bad before, they say.
- The concept of an elementary particle becomes a little nebulous in such circumstances.
- As long as she had known him he had always been a little arrogant in his best of times.
- Whether all this makes it superior or a little soulless is a matter of taste.
- Predictions that he would drop like a stone were therefore a little premature.
- Now I accept my share of the blame, but to suggest it was uniquely down to me is a little fanciful.
- This may raise the bar a little and hopefully more of the top players will participate.
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