In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1hablar entre dientesfarfullardon't mumble, I can't hear a word! — ¡habla claro / no hables entre dientes, que no te oigo!
- I could hear him mumbling something and then there was silence.
- They mumbled quietly to each other for the rest of the journey.
- I have my speaker set on high - I can hear mumbling, but I cannot discern or understand what it is he is saying, at all.
- While asleep, victims are often heard mumbling, ‘It's not fair, it's not fair.’
- Brandon mumbled an inaudible reply before seating himself at the breakfast bar.
- Embarrassed, all he could manage was mumble an incoherent reply.
- If you can't hum quietly, then mumble loudly these wallopy words under your breath.
- Curious onlookers soon went back to their work, mumbling quietly to themselves.
- I tried to see what was going on but I couldn't focus all I saw was blurry figures and all I could hear was mumbling.
- When I hear people mumbling away about what a terrible world this is to bring children into, I want to spit.
- There was no easy answer, and I mumbled some rubbish about looking for a last-minute bargain.
- The man began mumbling quietly under his breath.
- Lisa mumbled a reply as she chewed on a pen, and William went on with what he wanted.
- Though, once the lights were out, before I fell asleep, all I could hear was Maggie mumbling to herself and rolling around in bed so I just assumed she was asleep.
- She heard him mumble something indistinct, and he tried to spit at her, but his aim left a lot to be desired.
- I heard Katie and Juliette mumbling to each other about remembering the street, and I saw Tommy eyeing everyone and everything.
- He kept mumbling indistinctly to himself… I couldn't understand most of it.
- I mumble a noncommittal reply and decide not to mention the TV series I present.
- From the bunk room, they heard Joey mumbling in his sleep.
- So don't be surprised if you hear me mumble: ‘Would you like fries with that?’
1he always mumbles his words — habla mascullando / entre dientes
- he mumbled an apology — farfulló / masculló una disculpa
1he spoke in a mumble — hablaba farfullando
- It came out as a mumble with all the stuffed bread in his mouth.
- ‘I love him,’ Lily repeated, though her voice was little more than a mumble.
- There's a mumble of gibberish, broken words, broken thoughts, and I realize that my brother can't talk anymore.
- His voice trailed off into an absorbed mumble as he tried to jot everything down.
- He prefers to sing in a blurry mumble, letting his meanings emerge in the scuffed and yearning tone of his voice as much as in the words themselves.
- Jeff just shook his bald head and looked down with a mumble.
- They were answered by a faint mumble from beside him.
- His speech is something between a muffle and a mumble, a perpetual whisper beneath the breath.
- Her voice was a mere mumble as she answered back.
- His voice dropped to a mumble, his grip on my wrist loosened and he stopped struggling so much.
- A couple of kids chimed in and their voices were lost in a huge mumble of slurred vowels and consonances in my scrambled brain.
- His voice drops to a conspiratorial mumble: ‘Every month, they send us a tape we have to play.’
- Everything starts to come out as an eyes-to-the-desk mumble.
- His speech is a mumble, his face immobile, his gait unsteady.
- As I couldn't quite find the words to respond to that, I decided a mumble and a nod of the head would suffice.
- Soren's voice came out in more of a mumble than anything else.
- There was an uncertain mumble from the group in general. ‘All right then.’
- She let her voice go right down to a mumble at the end and looked up to meet his sympathetic brown eyes.
- But all that came out was a mumble, and then she coughed.
- It looks now as though I will have to, as no one wants a teacher who barely achieves an incomprehensible mumble, even if it could be in any one of five languages.
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