In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(slight knowledge)nociones feminineconocimientos rudimentarios masculineI have a smattering of German — chapurreo el alemán informal
- The entire trip, spanning a period of 118 days, enabled the couple to pick up a smattering of local languages wherever they went.
- With an aptitude for languages and a smattering of Italian, she'd chatter away to people, gradually getting the hang of the Liguarian dialect.
- He could speak a smattering of Maori, or pidgin Maori, where the language is broken down and simplified, so he was given the job of interpreter.
- That our small group seemed to be the only foreigners - with barely a smattering of the language between us - in a sea of Russians mattered not at all.
- He has a smattering of Arabic, and has knowledge of the way the Islamic people in the Gulf States and the surrounding areas act and react.
2(small amount)there's a smattering of humor in the play — hay una pizca de humor en la obra
- there was a smattering of applause — hubo algunos aplausos
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.