In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(reactions/tempo/rate) lentoit's slow work stripping furniture — quitarles la pintura a los muebles lleva mucho tiempo
- she's a slow learner — tiene problemas de aprendizaje
- oak trees are very slow growers — los robles crecen muy despacio
- I'm a slow reader — leo despacio
- he's slow, but he gets the job done — es lento / trabaja despacio, pero termina las cosas
- in a slow oven — en horno tibio
- a slow poison — un veneno de efecto retardado / que tarda en hacer efecto
- it has a slow leak / (British) puncture — pierde aire
- to be slow to + inf — tardar en + inf
- the authorities were slow to react — las autoridades tardaron en reaccionar
- she wasn't slow to point out the defects — no tardó en encontrarle defectos
- he was slow to anger — tenía mucha paciencia
- It was especially difficult because of the slow speed at which the criminal justice system operated.
- The term passing lanes implies that the road is divided into slow and fast moving traffic lanes.
- My speed was so slow that bicycles were actually overtaking me.
- A lorry driver, stopped because of his slow speed, was found to be more than two-and-a-half times the legal alcohol limit, a court heard.
- That United weren't streets ahead by half-time was down to their slow, slow, quick, quick, slow approach in the opening period.
- Motorbikes in the summer are the worst for speed and caravans create long lines of very slow moving traffic.
- In our tests, this printer was slow, noisy and yielded the least impressive results, even with the subtle photo cartridge in place.
- Movements are large and appear relatively slow in the techniques designed for armored combat.
- On the slow speed circuits it's proved that it's fast at Imola and I think here it's proved that it's quick and reliable on a high-speed circuit.
- To sum up, to show action and movement, select a slow shutter speed and stand side on to the action.
- Well, because of its speed, which was slow, and its size, which was huge, Frances was and is a colossal rain maker.
- No more waiting for slow websites with internet speeds up to 10 times faster than a normal 56k service.
- The speeds are quite slow, but fast enough for a little surfing and emails that aren't way too big.
- It made short quick movements then proceeded at a 90 degrees from the original movement at a slow speed.
- And if the heart rate gets too slow, it will speed it up like a pacemaker.
- The days are just moving so fast and slow at the same time, it's difficult to keep track.
- The alternatives are various forms of death - quick, slow, agonising, or imperceptible.
- The end repeats the design so far - slow followed by fast - in more concentrated form.
- He tends to swell held notes in both slow and fast movements, perhaps a nod to authentic performance.
- So it seems to me that the alert system was a little slow in operating.
2.1(not lively)(plot/novel) lentobusiness is slow — no hay mucho movimiento (en el negocio)
- life here is very slow — el ritmo de vida aquí es muy lento
- And soon breakfast and the beautiful fact that Thomas is slow, quiet and dull in the mornings.
- Her right foot moved first, then her left, alternating in a rather boring and slow way.
- They are dull, slow, sober and fearful characters with a weak pulse and a cowardly, slothful disposition.
- I found the film to be slow, dull, and ultimately unengaging.
- This game had all the ingredients of the banal and wonderful as it slipped from dull slow football to edge of the seat stuff.
- For a time, perhaps, she had broken away from a slow, uneventful life.
- I know several IT managers who are neither dull, slow nor reactive.
- Our ride was slow and dull, conversationless, through land that seemed to look all the same.
- Amassing cash is a surefire - but incredibly slow and dull - way to make a million, assuming that your bank doesn't go bust.
- It is a long film at 132 minutes, but the story does not feel slow or dull at any point.
- The flashbacks to the uncles' escapades in Africa ought to have been the saving grace of a rather uninteresting slow plot.
- It's been very slow and dull day, but it hasn't been boring.
- Dull slow ballad type tracks that don't really go anywhere.
- Yeah, it has been a rather slow, boring kind of day, why do you ask?
- So I needed something that wasn't so slow, dull or trivial.
- I recognise that this has been a rather slow and dull debate to this point.
- On my first listen, I found the album dull and slow, but subsequent tries have brought out all the strange and lovely stuff going on.
- In fact, since the plodding dreariness is usually broken by bouts of howling misery, the slow points come as rather a pleasant respite.
- He answered all the questions that were put to him in his slow and dull manner, using readymade and overcooked phrases.
- What looks like a slow, dull session even for August, it is, under the circumstances, a grand achievement.
2.2euphemistic (stupid)poco despierto euphemisticcorto (de entendederas) informal
- I encourage those people who are a little weak and slow to learn, I try and work with them and drag them along.
- This could mean that in intellectual exercises the child may be ahead, but in learning to ride a bike, for instance, slow to learn such a skill.
- He's a bit slow to learn and it took time for the penny to drop, then he started to finish even though he would have hated the ground.
- He has been a slow learner but has learnt the finer points and has put them into practice for the benefit of the team.
- This is unfortunate because, as we have been slow to learn, the various sectors of health care are critically interdependent.
- He was a little slow in understanding our request and we lamented in front of him that you couldn't get good hired help anymore.
- Siobhan and her husband Eamonn, from Montenotte in Cork, realised something was wrong when their toddler was slow to learn to speak.
- The future is not bright for those who still use ox-carts - the ones who are slow or unwilling to absorb new expertise.
- O-lan is plain looking, dull, and slow, but she is hard working, thrifty, and resourceful.
- The boys get out to a lead with Scout again holding the girls back with her old body and mind just to damn slow for winning challenges.
- Our human minds are slow to understand the awful wickedness of idol worship.
- In truth, the sort of skills he's trying to introduce are more easily learnt by youngsters - mature rugby players can be slow learners.
- It seems likely that families with generally lower cognitive levels are going to be more likely to have kids who are slow to learn to read.
- He was essentially a reactive politician, a late learner, slow to grasp the consequences of change.
- Though he has been slow to learn the position, the team plans to work him there more often.
- His name is Mathicumus, and he is rather slow in the head, you know.
- I was slow in learning the skills and my legs and back soon started to ache.
- Jeremy was born with a twisted body, a slow mind and a chronic, terminal illness that had been slowly killing him for all his young life.
- You can't coming across as a smug and superior school marm correcting a slow child if you want to succeed.
- Private tuitions are not allowed and slow learners are encouraged to come up instead of being condemned.
- Barrett was slow to learn the defense last season, but he's athletic, fearless and can play the ball.
3(of clock, watch)the kitchen clock is slow — el reloj de la cocina (se) atrasa / está atrasado
- my watch is five minutes slow — mi reloj está cinco minutos atrasado
- It was clear that the majority of drivers felt that this signage was either redundant or in error and few were driving at 50 mph, even in the slow lane.
- It was slow travel, through wet heavy snow along the bank of a small stream, but within less than a mile we came to a kill.
- He was a fast batter and she'd thrown a series of slow and fast balls.
- To me he is a natural sweeper, he reads the game well for a young player but at times he is too slow on the ball and a little languid.
- Any additional torque provided the same slow seat post travel into the seat tube.
- Not only was travel difficult and slow in the eleventh century, he was also still Duke of Normandy and he had to return to Normandy to maintain his control of this land in France.
- Williams is slow off the ball because he's too worded about making a mistake.
- A second visit to Venice took place in the midst of the Thirty Years' War, when travel was slow and hazardous.
- The cool water and slow pace of travel will make it much more pleasant.
- They overcame grinding poverty, tremendous distances on slow transportation with no travel budgets.
- Injuries often kept Larson off the field, and a slow bat hurt him when he did play.
- The first half of the Twentieth Century was a time of tremendous change; the last half was a time of fast food and slow travel.
- The convoy had many days left of this slow travel ahead of it.
- Warren said that to flee the murder scene he drove a blue van from the fast lane on the Naas Road across a slow lane and into a slip road leading to the Boot Road.
- Either table can be played with normal or slow balls, the latter intended to make the going easier for younger hands.
- In Jai-Alai you will hear people talk about live or dead balls and fast or slow balls.
- And if you are in the slow lane and too fast then again that is your own fault and you should move up a lane, dependent on how crowded other lanes are.
- For years and years the Australian turf in good weather has been all against the rising fast ball and slow bowler's spin.
- Also, I fielded a slow roller and tripped over the mound and fell flat on my face.
- Finally, Rosen hit a slow grounder toward Detroit third baseman Gerry Priddy and raced as hard as he could for first.
- Police say they are stumped as to why a man decided to walk into the slow lane of a motorway - and was then knocked down and killed in a collision with a car.
- The other, who I know of old, remained in the slow lane.
- The fast-lane campaign works on a similar principle to fast and slow lanes in swimming pools.
- Traffic is travelling at a slow rate with back ups developing that are unnecessary.
- Before the match his high watermark was 33, but he belted the fast men down the ground and slow bowlers square in a performance to embarrass his batsmen.
- It was far away and traveling very slow (seven miles per hour); no need to worry now.
- It was awful up there, cold and damp, and the ground was too slow for my liking.
- Indeed, slow neutrons often find their way into nuclei more efficiently than fast ones, much as a slow cricket ball is easier to catch.
- She has shown aptitude on fast and slow ground, is trained by a very able handler who thinks plenty of her and possibly has plenty more to come.
- It was kind of a slow field and was getting a little bogged down at the end.
- The slower bowlers have often been difficult to attack on the slow St George's surfaces.
- Maybe a slow surface would have tested his fitness, a lot better.
- At the Combine, the surface is slow, but at least the conditions are a constant.
- I was in the slow lane and sensed where the shoulder should be, so I eased the car off the roadway and let it scrape the railing to be sure we were in a safe spot.
- The batsmen just couldn't pick my slow looping balls, playing and missing regularly.
- Travel on it was slow but cheap, and heavy loads could be easily shifted.
- Muralitharan's brief cameo came to an end with a straight slow ball by Waqar to signal the end for the Lankans.
- There are no other cars on the road and the truck drivers just chill in their slow lane and leave the fast one all to you.
- Had I, in some inexplicable way, left my own town earlier than I intended, and really travelled in a slow train?
- However, with all of the traffic headed north and none going south, travel remains slow.
- Pollock was also unfazed by the fact the Paarl pitch was likely to play slow, which would be to the Lankans' advantage.
1growth/inflation has slowed considerably — el ritmo de crecimiento/el índice de inflación ha disminuido considerablemente
- the train slowed to a stop — el tren fue disminuyendo la velocidad hasta detenerse
- His motorbike is believed to have collided with the rear of two cars that had slowed so a third could turn into a farm.
- One of the minders gives a warning shout, and moments later, a police cruiser slows to a halt at the compound gate.
- At that, the train slows to a stop, and then starts moving in reverse.
- All I saw in the accident was a lot of mess and cars slowing everywhere.
- The police car then slows to a halt, forcing the errant vehicle to slow with it.
- Then as it came close, the car slowed and, on overtaking me, pulled gently to a halt.
- He stirs himself as the train slows, ready to catch up with her.
- Marianne remembers the train slowing and the cattle doors being slung open.
- The bus slows to a crawl, attempting to negotiate narrow streets, taxis and endless traffic lights.
- If anyone cuts in front of you, the car slows to the pre-set safe distance then speeds up again once the vehicle moves out of the way.
- As the car slowed outside the hotel, mum pointed it out to dad, saying that we had stayed there the last time.
- I knocked it out and jumped out as the vehicle was slowing in traffic.
- The auto slowed, the driver checked his watch and a car full of men came from an empty side street as if on cue.
- The car's slowing and I gulp in horror as it stops, right beside the bush I'm hidden behind.
- Just in time, I release the rope, the sail flows out and the boat slows.
- The last surveillance car was calling out the last few moves, the target car was slowing, it stopped.
- Cars slowing and turning into the nursery's car park would slow traffic on Leeds Road
- Lights turn to red, and my taxi slows to a halt in a quiet Notting Hill street.
- She declined, pulled up the door lock on her side and, as the car slowed, scrambled out.
- The car slows to a stop in front of the house and the engine falls silent.
1we slowed our pace to allow them to catch up — aflojamos el paso / aminoramos la marcha para que pudieran alcanzarnos
- bad weather slowed their progress — el mal tiempo los retrasó
- alcohol slows your reactions — el alcohol entorpece sus reflejos
1lentamentedespaciomy watch runs slow — mi reloj (se) atrasa
- [ S ]slow! — despacio
- nice and slow — despacio y con cuidado
- Move in slow with your face towards hers and slightly tilt your head so you don't bump noses.
- A waitress covers their white tablecloth with steaming chops and chicken, then moves off in a slow two-cycle walk for the rest of us.
- Palmer, meanwhile, is moving slow and cautiously through the city looking for a safe location where he can hide.
- Rick looked up at the ship, it was moving too slow and too late, it might get off some shots but not enough to stop them or to get the breach out of the way.
- Starting slow and slowly speeding up, T.'s freestyle was almost splash-less.
- I began firing into them, and they seemed to be moving so slow and then the rest of the company joined me.
- She hadn't dated much, so we were moving really slow compared to what I was used to.
- James was bringing the ball down, slow paced as he waited for his teammates to set up.
- The day starts slow paced and builds momentum steadily.
- Traffic was slow-paced with incidences of minor accidents.
- When he didn't get sex, he always seemed to move slow and disappointedly.
- Mexico said that the great delays that had arisen in this matter were the result of the slow-paced justice in the courts.
- Chris moved over to Jimmy slow and cat-like, grabbing him by the chin and studying him for a moment.
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