In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(barely)apenasI could scarcely understand what he was saying — apenas podía entender lo que decía
- I scarcely know what to answer — no sé muy bien qué responder
- there are scarcely any supplies left — apenas (si) quedan provisiones
- The reaction to it has been overwhelmingly positive with scarcely a critical voice to be heard anywhere.
- Unfortunately you could scarcely hear them, but at least they looked to be having fun.
- Who could blame them, the wider world had scarcely heard of the British Virgin Islands.
- It is unfathomably silent on Broadway tonight; there's scarcely a car.
- Kirstie sat very still, scarcely able to take in what she was hearing.
- An acknowledged expert in finance, his budgets were received with scarcely a dissentient voice.
- The day was calm, so calm that there was scarcely a breath of air.
- The deep Russian bass is chanting as though through a long resonant tube, scarcely surfacing for breath.
- She wraps one leg around the other and scarcely pauses for breath before elaborating.
- I heard the scarcely audible click of claws on the tiles: a step, then a hesitation.
- The argument in favour of local shops is scarcely heard.
- Then there are those who prefer a more flexible feast, offering haggis ravioli then Scotch trifle with mango, and there's scarcely a poem to be heard or a kilt to be seen.
- Her feet made no sound against the smooth flagstones beneath them, and her breathing was scarcely audible.
- These days, it is scarcely legal to whisper ‘Is there any more paper?’
- They've been crying out to be heard for so long, they could scarcely believe someone was there to listen to their stories.
- The action scarcely draws breath in 300-odd pages of rowdy doings and closet skulduggery.
- Democrats in Boston tacitly acknowledged the potential power of this message as the word ‘liberal’ was scarcely heard all week.
- This, then, is not a rags to riches tale, but one of a treasure chest so scarcely concealed that the topsoil barely covered it.
- In that moment he could scarcely breathe, and yet the air was filling his lungs like an inflated balloon, stretching them painfully.
- He lay petrified in the elf's shirt, scarcely daring to breath.
2(definitely not)ni mucho menosshe's scarcely a pauper — no es pobre ni mucho menos
- While polling suggests Australians oppose privatisations, they are scarcely new and are seen as facts of life.
- In such circumstances it is scarcely surprising that politics and politicians are now held in low esteem.
- Victory over the bypass was sweet, but plans to streamline planning suggest the fight is scarcely over
- While it certainly addresses that trickiest of topics, it can scarcely be considered a novel, at least in any conventional sense of the term.
- On the other hand, it was certainly fostered by Charlemagne himself, without whom it would scarcely have happened.
- Expectations, helpfully, could scarcely be lower.
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