In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1por favorplease sit down — (por favor) siéntese
- pass the salt, please — pásame la sal, por favor
- would you like another one? — yes, please — ¿quieres otro? — sí, gracias
- may I read it? — please do! — ¿puedo leerlo? — ¡sí, cómo no! / ¡no faltaba más!
- say please — las cosas se piden por favor
- don't tell her, please — no se lo digas, (te lo pido) por favor
- stop it, please! — ¡para ya, por Dios!
1complacercontentarcomplacerwe always try to please the customer — siempre tratamos de complacer al cliente
- her progress pleased her parents — sus padres estaban contentos con los progresos que hacía
- you're very hard to please — eres muy difícil de contentar / de complacer
- she's easily pleased / easy to please — se contenta con poco / con cualquier cosa
- you can't please everyone — no se puede tener contento / complacer / contentar a todo el mundo
- It pleased me no end, trying to make amends for many years of imposed suppression.
- It pleased me to see New Jersey State Troopers out in force at the Newark airport.
- Though it pleased them that the fight was finally over, their losses were overwhelming.
- It pleased Maria to see Isabella able to enjoy herself again.
- I could hear a smile over the line and it pleased me.
- It pleased him so much to see her doing new things and living her life.
- When they told me where they lived I had no idea where Downpatrick was, and it pleased me that now I had a passing acquaintance with the place.
- He loved the city and it pleased him that she was interested in its history.
- Yet Katherine saw the small mistake, and it pleased her.
- He said it pleased him, and he was flattered not offended…
- It pleased me somehow to be weathered by this deadly wind on my face and to be exposed to a gorgeous icy glare on this sunny afternoon.
- Now only happiness lay before them and it pleased her well.
- It pleased me to know that he was a very good conversationalist, and was capable of holding intelligent conversation for more than two seconds.
- And there can be little doubt that, if nothing else, it pleased the Commission and Commissioner.
- It grieved her for the same reason it pleased her.
- I knew they were just anxious to get started, and it pleased me.
- All we can say is that it pleased the Lord to do this.
- It pleased him, though he couldn't think of any useful advice he'd given.
- The dancers before him danced and twirled just for him and it pleased him.
- It pleased him to know that he might go on, far away from this place.
2(suit)may it please Your Honor … — tendría a bien Su Señoría … formal
1(satisfy)we do our best to please — hacemos todo lo posible por complacer al cliente (or a todo el mundo etc.)
2(choose)quererdon't dress up, just come as you please — no hace falta que te pongas elegante, ven como quieras / como te parezca
- do exactly as you please — haz lo que te parezca
- just as you please — como quieras
- We are all entitled to our opinions (and to think mine are a load of codswallop) and to get out there and express them as stridently as we please.
- More commonly, people seem to opt in and out of the traditional system as they please, positioning themselves to their greatest advantage.
- But shoppers can't come and go as they please, nor can they always choose the food they want.
- That means governments can spend them as they please.
- People in life quote as they please, so we have the right to quote as we please.
- I understand that editors can hire and fire as they please.
- And the soft drink industry says students should have the freedom to eat as they please unless their parents say otherwise.
- Even more than staying in a hotel you will have the freedom to get up when you like, stay up as late as you choose, come and go as you please, and eat when you want.
- A total of 122 animals, of eight species, have been placed in the park; all but the deer are free to move around as they please.
- ‘Men make their own history, but they do not make it just as they please,’ warned Karl Marx.
- Agitate for the freedoms of everyone to worship as they please.
- Visitors will be able to come and go as they please, and there will be collecting boxes for them to make a donation.
- This incidence does raise several issues, not least of which is the continued lack of a proper policy to find permanent places for these people who continue to flout the law and do as they please.
- Unlike the existing secure camp at Oakington, Cambridgeshire, the centres are expected to be open, with occupants free to come and go as they please.
- In a way, it's great that we have the luxurious situation that allows people to pretty-much come and go as they please - turning up to sing whenever they fancy.
- If her relatives do not like it, they can do as they please.
- The validity of such claims is measured best in Texas, where the big meatpackers have the most freedom to do as they please.
- Users of such indices can pick and choose as they please in this evolving garden of relationships.
- I defend a private club's right to recruit membership as they please.
- For that reason I don't accept the unconditional authority of states to treat their citizens as they please.
1please yourself — haz lo que te parezca
- now we can please ourselves — ahora sí podemos hacer lo que nos dé la gana
- she can please herself whether she comes or not — (que haga lo que quiera:) si no quiere venir, que no venga
1without so much as a please or thank you — sin pedir por favor ni dar las gracias
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