In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1.1(in earnest, sincere)serioI'm not joking, I'm serious — no estoy bromeando, lo digo en serio / de veras
- come on now, be serious! — vamos, vamos, más formalidad
- on a more serious note — pasando a un tema más serio
- to be serious, I don't think it's feasible — hablando en serio, no creo que eso sea posible
- to give serious thought/consideration to sth — pensar/considerar algo seriamente
- to be serious about sth/-ing
- I'm serious about this — lo digo en serio
- she's not serious about our relationship — no se toma lo nuestro en serio
- are you serious about wanting to change your job? — ¿en serio quieres cambiar de trabajo?
- Nobody in the Security Council thought that he was serious or honest with that declaration.
- These frank statements suggest that he is sincere and serious about exposing the problems and proposing solutions.
- I'm serious about this because we are now looking at some accountability in a system.
- Though she was quite serious, James Benedict burst into a bought of amused laughter.
- Now, judging on the tax cuts you've offered, you're quite serious about that.
- Better to try to look half way serious about this now, rather than after the names break.
- If the Government is serious about disaster preparedness, it is going to have to start with the fundamentals.
- We've already shared a bit of banter but for that 90 minutes we will be very serious about what we have to do for our respective countries.
- You start locking up folks and then we tell people we are serious about this.
- These food changes took a lot of determination, but I was serious about losing weight.
- If Americans don't get serious about voter fraud very soon, it will be too late.
- If it was serious about a long-term commitment to Mitsubishi, then why isn't it willing to bail it out?
- Those aren't the words of somebody who was serious about fighting the Cold War.
- And even if he was being serious about the tsunami escape centre, who's to say the idea is ludicrous?
- If he is really serious about giving up, and is not just saying that to fob you off, he should seek professional therapy to help him to kick the habit.
- If we are serious about cutting the teenage pregnancy rate, family planning experts must be able to advise young people of the choices.
- The club is serious about their intent to gain promotion this season.
- If the Americans are serious about the spread of liberty they must commit themselves to it.
- He's truly serious about wanting to get the paparazzi outlawed.
- Most people begin to think that no one is serious about it and its all just a big joke.
1.2(thoughtful)serioshe suddenly put on a serious face — de repente se puso seria / puso cara seria
- don't look so serious — no te pongas tan serio
- Indeed, it became an important part of the process of playing a serious character.
- He looks solemn and serious, but I can remember how he and the other two big boys were holding in laughter.
- She looked at him levelly, her eyes dry and now solemn and serious.
- Her forceful personality and ease in the spotlight complemented the king's serious, thoughtful demeanour.
- Then he let the smile fade into a more serious expression, though it was one that was filled with a steady joy.
- He grinned at her, but quickly turned serious again as his thoughts returned to why he was there.
- I tried to give him a charming smile and look serious at the same time.
- He became serious for a moment as they stepped onto the marble floor of the entry hall.
- For once, he was totally serious as new thoughts compressed his old ones to the back of his mind.
- She scowled meanly, then her face became more serious and thoughtful.
- Her mother became very serious for a moment, her hands tightening on Jessie's shoulders.
- I've always tried to be both humorous and serious at the same time.
- Her blush climbed higher as he watched her with feigned serious thoughtfulness.
- His character is serious, but loveable, and it's great to see him tackle drama as easily as he does comedy.
- Olivia looks thoughtful before her serious face is broken by a broad smile.
- He looked so serious for a moment that Faith almost believed him.
- The familiar smirk was gone, replaced by a serious, solemn look that she had never seen before.
- He tried to appear serious for a second but then broke down laughing.
- These are serious, thoughtful people who are not in thrall to the restrictions of old ideologies.
1.3(committed)(worker/student) dedicadoI haven't much time for serious study — no tengo tiempo para estudiar en serio
1.4(not lightweight)(music/newspaper/play) serio
- It is so rewarding to experience theatre that is serious, thought provoking, skilful and local.
- And his new film, Munich is also what I suppose you can call a serious film by Spielberg.
- It was generally a parody or skit on more serious opera, a forerunner of the satirical revue.
- At least when I grew up I could look forward to the next Bergman film or serious movies by other great film-makers.
- While it toyed with serious drama, Moulin Rouge is injected with joyous melodramatic fun.
- A serious drama should be like a swimmer diving into a pool and swimming to the other side in one smooth, perfect trajectory.
- Name me a recent serious novel written about the experience of Black men in America.
- The movie itself might not be much on serious drama, but the bonus features make up for that.
- He was nominated for an Oscar for his first serious movie, The Last Picture Show, which he made at age 22.
- Every aspect of what is supposed to prevail in serious fiction comes into play.
- Our culture forces serious music to function solely as entertainment or not at all.
- Very few directors dare to make serious films due to paucity of funds, she said.
- Of course The Magdalene Sisters is a serious film, a horror story in the true sense of the term, but also a lesson in history.
- It was not commercial fiction, it was all serious fiction, but I loved it.
- There is no permanent circuit to screen serious films and the distribution system too leaves much to be desired.
- Then a Saturday night show will take place at the Holy Cross Cathedral and will consist of more serious music.
- They are probably the only group around making any kind of serious music.
- The principal gave a little speech on creating the right mood for serious poetry.
- Before that I was beginning to fear there was no place for serious drama in the movie industry.
- He has made a serious and thoughtful film, despite some obvious limitations.
2.1(grave, severe)(injury/illness/accident) gravea serious mistake — un grave / serio error
- the water shortage is getting serious — la escasez de agua se está convirtiendo en un problema serio
- things are getting serious — las cosas se están poniendo serias
- If the offence is serious enough to warrant it, the court may consider imposing a community sentence.
- The risk of serious complication was lower in those who had treatment for diabetes.
- Does this mean there is new evidence that climate change is more serious than previously thought?
- Deeper infection is serious and requires removal and re-implantation of the joint.
- The specialist I visited at age 8 did not believe my condition was serious enough to merit correction.
- However, due to a serious family illness we will be unable to go.
- I fear that this may well have some serious repercussions for many innocent Muslims.
- Adequate knowledge and training of clinicians will minimize the occurrence of such serious complications.
- Only 26 patients had side effects that were serious enough to require a dosage reduction.
- To allow that to happen is to put the child itself at terrible risk of serious injury or death if there is an accident.
- There is an error in the third paragraph which is sufficiently serious to warrant that I replace the copy.
- It is better to speak of an unlawful and dangerous act carrying with it an appreciable risk of serious injury.
- The screener must decide whether a complaint raises a question of serious professional misconduct.
- However, investigations later showed it was only an increased heartbeat which is less serious than first thought.
- The most common serious complications were related to the incision or urinary tract problems.
- People deserve better - not just those living there but the motorists who risk death or serious injury every day.
- Full protection needs to be worn to reduce the risk of serious eye injuries.
- The most serious injuries were thought to be head injuries, broken bones and fractures.
- The grade 3 concussion and the retinal detachment were the most serious injuries observed.
- The firm says the problem is not serious enough to merit a full product recall.
2.2(of importance, major)it doesn't need serious alterations — no necesita grandes arreglos
- I have serious doubts about him — tengo mis serias dudas acerca de él
- the only serious opposition to the proposal — la única oposición a la propuesta digna de ser tenida en cuenta
- now they've gone we can get down to some serious drinking — ahora que se han ido podemos empezar a tomar / beber en serio
- we're talking serious money here — no estamos hablando de dos centavos
English has borrowed many of the following foreign expressions of parting, so you’ve probably encountered some of these ways to say goodbye in other languages.
Many words formed by the addition of the suffix –ster are now obsolete - which ones are due a resurgence?
As their breed names often attest, dogs are a truly international bunch. Let’s take a look at 12 different dog breed names and their backstories.