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 chicos Latin America
- 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
- When you put it in your tea you have little waxy bits floating at the top of the mug.
- A little old lady lined up behind me with a carton of rice milk and some organic ginger biscuits.
- What you can do to avoid that is to eat a number of little small meals throughout the day.
- I am not this little old biddy sitting at home with nothing better to do.
- In this, she is like every poor little rich girl the world has ever known.
- While a little black spot on the sun may seem like a simple act, the transit of Venus is not.
- 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.
- They're like tiny little orange triangular men, all silently judging you as you drive past them.
- Many shops throughout Europe are selling cute little furry kitten figurines.
- Possibly he has little complimentary sachets of shampoo and shower gel too.
- Special little token prizes will be presented to all boys and girls under three and four.
- There's always a little old man sat behind the counter, and no one ever seems to be in there.
- In the shadow of that pyramid, conspiracy theories are little grassy knolls.
- You're left with a neat little philosophical exercise in trying to assess the true source of its value.
- They are mean and petty and will fight each other to the death over one little tiny nut.
- Both men saw the rabbit race from the branches with his little puffy tail ablaze.
- The little family groups which dig in for a spot of breeze could not have asked for anything better.
- All he needed to do now was to point his telescope at the sun all day and look for a little black spot.
- The little back area is for sitting down, chilling out, reading the papers.
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
- Perhaps he was a little boy who died young, and this is how the author conceived his subsequent adventures.
- My little sister and all my other little girly cousins went to the chemist to get their ears pierced.
- I was walking home with my little brother the other evening and we stumbled across this car.
- One of my friends has a little brother who was a member of the Stampede Showband.
- He had also tried to walk on water when he was little but the outcome was unsuccessful.
- He had played a big role in my life since I was little so he would always be a part of my life.
- It's funny that my favorite thing when I was little is no longer my favorite thing at all.
- One night, when I was little, I heard a report on the probability of nuclear attack.
- I had to sacrifice a lot of things in order to be home to take care of my little brother.
- In her younger years, the little girl had an intense loyalty to her father.
- 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.
- When we were little however we used to be made fun of all the time by a boy who moved away.
- I stay with the same family when I am there, and I am Uncle Hamish to a lot of little Moroccan children.
- Finding someone close to the perfect person is never as easy as you are led to believe when you're little.
- When I was little, my mother had a cleaner come around who was also an Avon lady in her spare time.
- She was humming a tune to a song that her mother use to sing to her when she was little.
- I had a long chat with my little brother this week about starting up my business.
- As I saw him off at the airport, I was at once proud of him, sad and anxious - he was my little brother.
- One young girl said Gavin was a popular little boy who was always full of energy.
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
- Was it the big plot points that you wanted to reflect in your life or the mundane little details that you were going for?
- I suppose the best encouragement I can offer is to pay attention to all the little details.
- It looked like a normal house, but there were just so many little incidental details.
- Where are the natty details, the pleasing little touches that make you proud to be an owner?
- I like the little details, like the space to rest your left foot, and the movement of the seat.
- If they ask, you could always tell a little white lie and say you were doing, I dunno, tai chi or something.
- As the game swung to the other end, the Hawks had a chance to demonstrate the little routine they do from most lineouts.
- But it will be nice to be able to sit back and enjoy the show without having to worry about every little detail.
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 de
- 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 — no está diciendo todo lo que sabe
- 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 he had little doubt about that side of the midfielder's game when he signed him in the summer.
- There is little happy middle ground and the public is left not knowing whether to take it seriously or to ignore it all.
- Green says there has been little available in the way of arts programming for some years.
- She said existing day centres had little extra capacity for pensioners from the threatened clubs.
- Yes, it is the silly season, both locally and nationally, with little news worth reporting.
- There appears to have been little adverse reaction from those at the party about Harry's costume.
- This means there will be very little on-street parking available in this area.
- Once sickness arrived they had little natural resistance and quickly died.
- She has now played four tournaments and won three of them, but there is very little sentimental about her.
- My point today is not whether you think I have done too little or too much.
- However, the use of a variety of instruments does little to emphasize the indivisibility of rights.
- There can be little doubt about that because it happens to be the law of nature.
- Very little happened to it other than it took it slightly out of alignment.
- 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 is little doubt that these cases in particular have led to the numerous threats to her life.
- But there appears to be little hard evidence of pupils failing to turn up for the second paper.
- Most of these children had no conception of art, and little previous experience of being creative.
- He said the defendants had lied to police, lied to the court and demonstrated little genuine remorse.
- There has been little public discussion of this, and even less consultation.
2a little — algo
- today she managed to eat a little — hoy ha podido comer algo / un poco
- a little goes a long way — un poco rinde / cunde mucho
- 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.
- Add a little of the cooking water if the pasta seems too dry, then serve.
- There are countries the world over crying out for a little of that prosperity.
- We would say a little of what you fancy is fine, but you shouldn't over-indulge in anything.
- At one time most farms were mixed farms, which meant they kept a little of everything and often grew a variety of crops.
- I want to try to explain a little of what sociologists see as distinctive about the times we live in.
- Francis seemed to start quietly but became a little of a revelation as the show went on.
- Tourists and locals alike last night flocked to the pub to see if they could capture a little of the magic.
- The smart traveller takes a little of everything because things can, and do, go wrong.
- 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?
- I was going to tell you a little of what's been happening, but there are two things standing in my way.
- Any oxtail had vanished and it stank of truffle oil; a little of this condiment goes a long way.
- Maybe you want a little of this and a little of that - there's no harm in experimenting.
- He asked me, as someone who knows a little of the reality, if I could help to set the record straight.
- Put them in shallow dish and pour a little of the lime juice over them.
- In the end, they adopted a little of both, which may have been their ultimate undoing.
- Warm a little of the oil by putting a small jar of it in a pan of warm water.
- Sprinkle with a little of the leftover spring onions and serve immediately with extra cheese.
- 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.
- 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.
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
- Here, too, he enjoyed little financial success but the publication went on to greater things.
- 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.
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
- Oh wait that's little different to being ruled by a mobster, and brutally murdered and repressed.
- We are little wiser about her wishes or perceptions, except that she would have liked to stay at The Arc.
- Yet this role is little noticed in the US and often incomprehensible to America's allies.
- That this in turn should lead to negative growth in the fourth quarter is now little in doubt.
- 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.
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?
- I feel a little guilty that my parents will have gone home less relaxed then when they arrived.
- His trees and waves were always a little solid, a little lumpy, and now the buildings are, too.
- I am a little afraid to ask what it is, but I do know I will not be eating much of this.
- The day after the night when the clocks change is always a little strange, don't you find?
- This was my only disappointment of the evening, being a little insipid for my taste.
- One Moroccan girl said that she was a little afraid, since the murderer was a Moroccan.
- The haddock was a bright white colour, but tasted a little tough, as if it had been overcooked a tad.
- This may raise the bar a little and hopefully more of the top players will participate.
- In this country there has always been something a little amateurish about gambling.
- Things were always a little shaky, but it has never been this bad before, they say.
- My sense of isolation has shifted slightly from being wholly pleasant to being a little edgy.
- I must admit, I was still a little afraid of this world that was still new and foreign to me.
- Now I accept my share of the blame, but to suggest it was uniquely down to me is a little fanciful.
- Whether all this makes it superior or a little soulless is a matter of taste.
- Naturally we were all a little apprehensive as we touched the ice and slid along the wild runway.
- As long as she had known him he had always been a little arrogant in his best of times.
- It is always sensible to be a little sceptical about the politicians' preparedness.
- Deviating from the install instructions for a device is always a little dangerous.
- The concept of an elementary particle becomes a little nebulous in such circumstances.
- Predictions that he would drop like a stone were therefore a little premature.
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