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(not hard)(cushion/mattress) blando(mattress/cushion) mullido(snow/ground) blando(snow/ground) mullido(dough/clay/butter) blando(pencil/wood) blando(metal) maleable(metal) dúctil(brush/toothbrush) blandoa book in soft covers — un libro en rústica / en pasta blanda
- soft cheese — queso blando
- to go soft — ablandarse
- Feeling the soft grass beneath my feet, I breathed in the night air.
- All the trees were pine, their fallen needles forming a soft and springy carpet beneath her feet.
- So both hard and soft margarines (the latter to a lesser extent) are like saturated fats.
- The grass was a bright shade of emerald and was soft beneath one's feet or hooves.
- She laid her head on his chest, soft and yet firm from hard work.
- He stood alone in a small, unoccupied steel room; a row of soft cushion and hard plastic chairs lined the far wall.
- Maria scrambled to her feet as the soft sand shifted beneath her.
- Peaches and apples are separated by whether they are soft, firm or hard.
- It was soft beneath his hard-booted foot, although it only gave a little when he put his full weight on it.
- Habit is like a soft bed, easy to get into but hard to get out of!
- The procedure is carried out in babies in their first six months when the ear is extremely soft and easy to mould and can be successful within just a fortnight.
- The sand is like a firm sponge; it is soft and hard at the same time.
- Different materials behave differently; acrylic plastic is soft and easy to do work with but can melt quickly if you overdo things.
- She hated his kisses because his lips were always cold and soft to the touch, too soft, not firm like Timothy's.
- This is a cover made from hard or soft plastic that fits over your upper or lower teeth.
- Twigs and branches snapped and burrowed deeper as their feet trampled the soft soil beneath it.
- There are rupas of the body appearing whenever we touch what is hard or soft.
- The soft carpet beneath his feet might as well be molasses, sucking him down, trapping him.
- The mud beneath my feet was soft and with every step, I sunk in to my ankle or deeper.
- Its visibility may wax or wane, and to the touch it may feel soft, elastic, fibrous or hard.
1.2(smooth)(fabric/fur/hair) suave(skin) suave(skin) terso
- And after all that scrubbing the surface is silky soft and touchy-feely right now.
- His hands were rough and weathered against her smooth, soft skin, but he was gentle when binding the shoulder wound.
- Derek pulled her into a hug, gently stroking her soft, smooth hair.
- Kathleen stared down at the pile of clothe that he rested on her stretched out hands; it felt so soft beneath her touch.
- They captured the glossy surfaces of fruit and fish, and the soft textures of velvet and lace.
- The very mention of ‘silk’ conjures up a soft, smooth and shimmering fabric.
- Bending he lightly touched her hair, soft beneath his fingers, and bent to press a kiss to the corner of her mouth.
- His rough callused hand moved slowly to her soft, smooth arm.
- He put his arm around me, and I around him, noting the super soft texture of his suede jacket.
- Her skin was lightly tanned and looked as smooth and as soft as velvet.
- But her oval hands stayed soft, smooth and delicate white.
- Create suds in a bowl and apply the suds to the leather surface with a soft cloth or sponge.
- Both the parfait and the white chocolate sauce had a wonderful soft texture, making it feel like I was eating the finest silk.
- You'll often find boudoir pillows in soft, smooth satin, rich velvet, lace, crochet covers and more.
- It is also non-staining, acts as an insect repellent, and has excellent moisturising properties too-- and leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth.
- The husband of one of my friends tried this and said it fulfilled its promise of leaving his skin smooth and soft after shaving.
- Instead of scaly skin, most had smooth, soft, and most of all furry skin.
- Slip on one of her soft, smooth, silky pieces and you'll immediately realize why they're so popular.
- The hands weren't the gravely and rough kind or soft and furry like all of the monsters that I knew of.
- His lips were soft and silky smooth, and he tasted of cinnamon and cream.
2.1(light)suavea soft landing — un aterrizaje suave
- The whole place had great big gorgeous windows set in black mahogany, which really did set a nice classic contrast to the soft off-white shade of the walls.
- I marvel at such early perception of the subtle line, the power of an arc, a soft shadow that glows darkly under the skin.
- Layering lighting sources creates a soft, calming effect that is always appreciated.
- She looked around her, noticing how the moon gave the stone a soft, blue quality.
- Colors appear natural, if somewhat subdued, and contrast seems soft at times.
- Her darkened skin stood in contrast to the soft glow of the dress as she slipped on the impractical shoes and made her way out of the door.
- The lighting is soft and subtle and with the night lights on the table and the backlit stained glass on the window give the place a cosy intimate feel.
- Subtle pinks blended with soft oranges, rich creams and the palest off-whites.
- She thought a rich auburn in contrast to the soft blue would look good.
- Lucifer stared into Gabriel's eyes; they were a sharp blue, but soft and knowing all at the same time.
- Fall Frost Coming, painted in 1966, is a large canvas that features muted trees with soft edges.
- Her blue-green eyes were always soft behind her sharp, hawk-like features.
- The purples are appearing in a soft, subtle vein in all casts from pale lavender to deep aubergine.
- The image - this one is projected onto a wall - is rather soft.
- I'm so pleased with the colour - it has a lovely soft glow that catches your eye as you're going up the stairs.
- Bitmaps are best suited for photos, drop-shadow effects and soft, glowing or blurry edges.
- A diver's suspended body defines the topmost edge of a soft sepia-gray sky.
- The pictures used to have a soft romantic quality to them.
- Contrast is rather soft at times and edge effects are apparent though not distracting.
- From his seat on the floor, he could see the church, its steeple glowing, soft and pale and ghostly.
2.2(mild, subdued)(breeze) suave(light/color) suave(light/color) tenue
- The weather was fantastic, velvety warm, with a nice soft breeze.
- The February sun tugged at the clouds and a soft breeze blew chilly.
- She felt a soft breeze, seeming to pervade her with comfort and love.
- Natalie lay on her bed; a soft breeze rustled the fabric curtains and her dirty blonde hair.
- She smiled and stretched out on her bench, relaxing in the soft breeze.
- A soft breeze caressed flowers and leaves, sometimes making the branches shiver.
- And, other than that, it's been a quiet Spring day, overcast and with a soft rain on and off throughout.
- The wind's temper gradually drifted away until there was nothing left but a soft breeze.
- The day was just too beautiful; the air crisp and fresh, the leaves swaying lightly in the soft breeze ahead.
- Walking through the woods in Northern Ireland on a clear blue day, Alex smiled at the soft breeze that ruffled his hair.
- I awoke to the sound of soft rain drumming the roof, a sound I will no longer hear in a few days…
- The breeze was soft and crisp making the air so cold I could feel my fingers cringe.
- He let his eyes wander to the world outside - the dark clouds, the soft rain, soaking everything in its path.
- By the time the corner in the road came into view, there was only a soft drizzle.
- They stayed like that for what seemed like hours as the rain let up, turning into a soft drizzle.
- She stared at the surroundings and a soft breeze started to blow.
- There was no wind, and a soft rain fell gently from the unbroken cloud.
- A soft, cold breeze came against my face and the floor creaked as I moved.
- She was pleased by the soft wind that caressed her bare neck and toyed with her hair.
- The school's dark shape suddenly appeared through the mist of soft rain that had begun to fall.
2.3(quiet)(music) suavein a soft voice — en voz baja
- the radio is too soft — la radio está demasiado baja
- He was a big man with a soft voice, the sound of the northlands of Roscommon in his western rural accent.
- Tyls was in the room above them, so Alexis could easily sense how nervous he was by the soft pacing that her sharp ears picked up.
- She sang in soft, smoothing volumes, that did not seem to rise above a roar yet filled the entire room with the sweet essence of her voice.
- Her eyes snapped open as there was a soft, yet sharp, knock on the door.
- She takes the ice chips, dropping them into the goblet; the soft clicks sounding like bells.
- The mysterious sounds, the soft voices - I enjoy the silent solitude of the night.
- No response, only a soft laughter and the sound of two voices talking.
- About half an hour later we had another quiet dinner, the soft clank of utensils the only sound in the stillness.
- Human speech flowed like bubbling liquid from his lips, reassuringly soft with no aggressive edge to it.
- He followed the sounds of Nina's soft voice into the kitchen and watched her at work.
- It had a soft, lilting quality to it, like somebody whose mother made them practice singing constantly.
- Her voice was soft and sounded so far away, but as always, it was enough.
- Violinist then starts to play a rather soft melody - more like a waltzing melody to me.
- All she could hear was Dominic's gentle breathing and the soft sound of the snow falling.
- Soon enough, the soft sound of footsteps gave way to hushed voices.
- Blair's ears pricked at the sound of soft footfalls echoing in the distance.
- He moved out into the hall as her soft voice sounded behind him, even quieter than usual, as if she were talking to only herself.
- A gentle hand brushed across her forehead and a soft voice whispered soothingly into her ear.
- The lake was a peaceful sight, with a few reeds along the edge, and the soft hum of cicadas around it.
- Where Kumar was flamboyant and loud, Natarajan was subtle, soft.
2.4Photography Cinema Art(outline/edge) difuminado
3.1(weak, lenient)blandoindulgenteto be soft on / with sb — ser blando / indulgente con algn
- they accuse the government of going soft on immigration — acusan al gobierno de aflojar demasiado la mano con la inmigración
- to take a softer line on sth — adoptar una actitud menos intransigente sobre algo
- They have soft hearts and tender souls, but they are not totally naive.
- Especially not this woman with caring caramel eyes and a soft heart.
- Fortunately, even the crusty old British Medical Association has a soft heart and recognises that ‘you can't stand in the way of true love’.
- She could be absolutely hilarious and wild, but she also had a soft and kind heart.
- The Wasps might have proved yesterday that they were not soft but, more importantly, they lost the game.
- The cartoon is Disney's answer to Dreamworks's Shrek, the irreverent story of a green Scottish ogre with a soft heart.
- Vee has a soft heart for strangers, especially ones with artistic talent.
- He may be fat, but he is not soft, not stupid, not lazy, he knows his business and he probably doesn't have patience for idiocy.
- If you have a soft heart, be forewarned: The food's so fresh that your lobster will wave goodbye as it heads to the kettle.
- Do you think that Arafat's coverage has been, over the years, too soft, too sympathetic by the press?
- One of Josh's greatest failings had always been that he had such a soft heart.
- His heart grew soft and heavy as he noticed a small ring on Mackenzie's finger.
- However, the thought of Margreet's tragic death would have her soft heart stiffened.
- Beneath this curmudgeonly exterior lurks the soft heart and even softer head of a hapless romantic.
- Tell me that the party is a bunch of soft cowards who can't fight terrorism or run a disciplined economic agenda.
- Well I am not soft or making excuses to take time off.
- Policemen are not exactly known for their non-conformity or their soft hearts.
- Sassy, brashy, with a tough exterior that belies her soft heart, Scarlett Adams is the kind of role that comes along once in a lifetime.
- It's a sweet, soft, very compassionate piece that has a lot of presence and a lot of honesty in it.
- He could see them all in the mirror, looking funnily at each other, and he didn't want them to think he was soft.
- Notice how soft, how compassionate and caring Jesus is in dealing with Simon.
- My old self would have said I was soft and pathetic.
- Possessed of many virtues, in most ways a grown-up, she is soft at the center, a pushover.
- The FRA has come up with soft conditions to effect the recovery of loans in order not to inconvenience the farmer.
- I'm too soft, and constantly at war with myself for not standing up for myself.
- They are always soft, irresolute men--homebodies with more dynamic girlfriends or wives.
- Shaw deplored revolution, and not because he was soft.
- I always feel bad for people; my mom told me that it was because of my soft heart.
- He seemed to be in his late thirties and his wide smile reflected a soft heart.
- I am soft, centre, wishy-washy new labour and ashamed of it.
- Runako has a soft heart, and he would never, ever do such a thing!
- I think I'm soft, but if a woman hit me, I'd thump her back, not go weeping to the authorities.
3.2(out of condition)(person/muscles) flojo(muscles/person) fláccido
3.3informal (feeble-minded)to be soft (in the head) — ser estúpido
- They think clean air is always more important than cheap housing and treat those who would dare to choose otherwise as soft in the head.
- One would have to be soft in the head to vote for someone who is obviously easily manipulated by those around him.
4.1informal (easy)(life/time) fácila soft job — un chollo Spain informal
- a soft target — un blanco fácil
- The soft life they lead nowadays as constituency members is just unbelievable compared with the good old days.
- Some men think it's a soft job and they are too butch to do it, but it doesn't have to be like that.
- The exceptionally bright and capable young man said that he had led a soft life and wanted to be a marine because ‘they're the toughest and most disciplined in the world.’
- The price of enjoying such soft work is that it is sometimes accompanied by considerable verbal abuse from the officers.
- I am privileged to have escaped the monotonous toil of endless physical labour and to have experienced a soft life in which I have been able to indulge my passion for history.
4.2Businessblandoa soft loan — un préstamo / crédito blando
5.1(kind)(nature/answer/smile) dulce(words) amable(words) tierno
- My parents gave me their soft words and thinking it was best they left my room.
- The soft words sparked something inside of Katherine and she rose heatedly from her chair.
- He spoke soft words and the girls seemed to relax, giving Abe's men wary glances.
- Although the words were soft, they had a tone to them that threatened the man.
- And his soft words, gentle manners and intense feelings win you over.
- When she spoke, her words were soft and soothing, and calmed him of his nervousness.
- The words were soft and tender, and it touched me even more since these were the words I'd been waiting to hear.
- How can he make someone believe that a soft word from him means everything is perfect?
- The words were soft and magical in the air, commanding me to agree with him.
- With one quick glance he can tell when you're at the end of your rope but with his gentle smile and soft caring words he can always help restore your hope.
- The soft words calmed Sabriel completely, and as her breathing became even again she could feel a faint touch of her old confidence.
- For so she is, this High Priestess of Rennon who came to me, all smiles and soft, tender words, and tried to persuade me to her side.
- Sir Irwin held him down gently, soothing him with soft words and petting him.
- What it tries to indicate is altogether valid, but the word is too soft to do the reality justice.
- His soft words lingered in my ears for longer than was natural.
- His soft words comforted me and for awhile we just lay there on the tiny futon talking.
- The soft words made him look down at the bowed head of the man he had come to care so much for.
- She made her way to the stairs, setting her hand on the railing as she made her way down, soft words reaching her ears.
- They react even to disturbing news with a resigned smile and soft words.
- He approaches the alien with his hands up and with soft words, explains to the alien that he means no harm and welcomes the creature.
5.2(emotionally attached)to be soft on sb — tener debilidad por algn
6.1(drugs) blando(pornography) blandoMusic (rock/pop) blando
6.2(evidence) no concluyente
(unstable)(money/currency) débil(money/currency) blando(market) flojothe price of crude is currently very soft — el precio del crudo está muy débil actualmente
- During soft markets, insurers tend to undercut prices for competitive reasons.
- It was simply too easy to run an inefficient operation, as our lack of competitive systems was simply made good by a soft currency.
- Thus, the more hard currency transnational corporations can be persuaded to spend in soft-currency countries, the greater the economic impact.
- Markets started out soft, but at midnight Australian time they took off with a bit of a roar.
- Companies taking capacity offline is an intelligent reaction in a soft market.
- Developing marketable horses in a soft market can be a challenge.
- It was nothing to do with soft market conditions as he knew.
- The purest way to gamble on soft commodities is probably a spread bet, but it is high risk because you can lose far more than your original stake.
- Advertising revenue hasn't been enough, and in a soft ad market, it's only gotten worse.
- By this I am indicating that a soft currency may be acceptable for a while - the question is: For how long?
- However, vendors have struggled to increase demand in what is still a soft market.
- Burger King has been troubled by soft sales this fall as it engaged in a fierce price war with McDonald's and Wendy's.
- The Namibian currency is expected to remain soft while commodity prices are expected to hold firm against a soft currency and a strong demand.
- As the soft market works to sort out supply and demand issues, the U.S. economy remains slightly unstable.
- Many have sat empty for weeks during the prime season, further hurting a soft retail and restaurant market.
- And it is always the fault of the market or the hedge fund or of soft dollars or of the mutual fund or the limited partnership.
- The business lobby is poised to fight to maintain the number, but with the economy soft, it's likely to be an uphill battle.
- And it is a futile exercise for those overseeing markets to say that no one should use soft dollars.
- Pearlman says that a soft market is no excuse to hunker down and wait it out.
- Any society which deals in both hard and soft currencies is prone to new divisions and tensions.
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