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(say sth)hablarsorry, did you speak? — perdón ¿dijiste algo? / ¿me hablaste?
- to speak to / with sb — hablarle a algn
- to speak of sth/sb/ -ing — hablar de algo/algn/+ inf
- could I speak to / with you for a moment? — ¿puedo hablar contigo un momento?
- wake up Mark, speak to me! — ¡Mark despierta, di algo!
- he doesn't speak to me — no me habla
- they are not speaking (to each other) — no se dirigen la palabra
- I don't know her to speak to — solo la conozco de vista
- I'll have to speak to her about her behavior — tendré que hablar con ella acerca de su comportamiento
- I've often heard her speak about it — a menudo la he oído hablar de eso
- people still speak of him with enormous respect — aún hoy la gente habla de él con mucho respeto
- you spoke once of making way for someone younger — una vez mencionaste la idea / hablaste de dejarle el camino libre a alguien más joven
- you never spoke of this to anyone? — ¿nunca hablaste de esto con nadie?
- his face spoke of terrible suffering — su rostro tenía la huella de enormes sufrimientos
- the meeting is on Friday, speaking of which ... — la reunión es el viernes, y a propósito ...
- they don't have much money to speak of — no tienen mucho dinero, que digamos
- to speak well/ill of sb — hablar bien/mal de algn
- speaking personally, I think ... — personalmente, creo que ...
- speaking as a parent/teacher, I think ... — como padre/maestro, creo que ...
- roughly/generally speaking — en términos generales
- he's not, strictly speaking, a member — no es, en realidad, socio
- legally/morally speaking — desde el punto de vista legal/moral
- so to speak — por así decirlo
- I was unable to speak, and I didn't trust my voice either.
- I open my mouth to speak and Mum raises a hand, to shut me up.
- He nodded, unable to speak as he shoveled food into his mouth.
- I stood silent, unable to speak as the information slipped into my mind.
- He speaks with conviction and conveys emotion well.
- Her voice was still fluctuating in pitch as she spoke, unable to control her delight at the ludicrous moment.
- Corman always gives good information whenever he speaks, and even if he talks less than usual, it's worth a listen.
- Beads of sweat appeared on Miller's forehead as he opened his mouth but was unable to speak.
- Unable to speak, the girl could only move her mouth to call for her mother's help before falling to the ground unconscious.
- During their gigs, the six-some regularly distributes pamphlets of information and speaks on stage about causes they feel strongly about.
- Tom suddenly felt himself unable to speak, his throat freezing up and his mouth suddenly going dry.
- The tube was still in his mouth, making him unable to speak.
- Unable to speak without her voice cracking, Maple waved him away, feeling the darkness gather.
- I was thinking he is a journalist and what if he's gathering information as we speak - maybe I'll just sneak off by myself.
- She opened her mouth as if to speak, but seemed unable to get the words out.
- The prince surveyed the three, trying to speak but unable to find his voice.
- She sighed and put her hand to her mouth, almost unable to speak anymore.
- He breathed hard through his mouth, almost unable to speak.
- Israel was quiet, as if digesting that bit of information and then he spoke, harshly and firmly.
- John stands, open mouthed at the revelation and is left unable to speak.
1.2(on telephone)hello, accounts department, Jones speaking — buenos días, contaduría, Jones al habla
- hello, Barbara Mason speaking, could you ... — buenas tardes, soy Barbara Mason ¿podría ... ?
- could I speak to Mrs Hodges, please? — speaking! — ¿podría hablar con la Sra. Hodges, por favor? — con ella (habla)
- who's speaking, please? — (to caller) ¿de parte de quien?
2(make speech)hablarthen the chairman spoke — luego hizo uso de la palabra el presidente formal
- he spoke for two hours — habló durante dos horas
- the delegate rose to speak — el delegado se levantó para hacer uso de la palabra
- I'm a bit worried about speaking in public — la idea de hablar en público me pone un poco nerviosa
- to speak on / about sth — hablar acerca de / sobre algo
- she spoke for / in favor of/against capital punishment — habló a favor/en contra de la pena de muerte
- I also heard him speak at a lecture, which I found inspirational.
- I could speak and debate about people not believing things for quite some time, but I am sure that you would, as would I, like to continue.
- Forensically speaking, that information is golden.
- In my view, and speaking as someone who worked in this industry for over eleven years, payment protection insurance is one of the most grotesque financial rip-offs ever.
- But the actress has always refused to speak on the issue.
- I suppose I am speaking from the position of a person who sees the question as, essentially, valid.
- I was shocked and still am to a degree although I understand it better now that I've heard the jurors speak about their thinking on it.
- In a race for the Ohio Supreme Court, one candidate spoke freely about his views and the other filled his war chest.
- A long time ago, when I heard him speak, he said, set yourselves apart from this corrupt generation, be saints.
- They also gain a little confidence in public speaking through their oral reports to the class.
- And as a priest, he's uniquely positioned to speak on the issue.
- I suppose I am in a somewhat unique position to speak about the ‘new’ economy for two reasons.
- Camby speaks from a position of hegemonic ideology.
- I've just realised that I'm speaking from the position of someone who doesn't find that rules make me feel safe.
- I do not, however, feel authorized to speak from any other position than that constructed for me by my race, class, and sexual identity.
- During his long speech, he finally speaks about the silence in which he has brought up his beloved son.
- He spoke in the early afternoon and claimed in his evidence that he left soon afterwards.
- And in hearing her speak, I think she comes off very differently.
- In 1983, I heard him speak in Washington, D.C., and he addressed this very issue.
- He travelled to hear his hero speak and later sailed with him in Narragansett Bay.
3to speak to(address)dirigirse alines that speak to the heart — líneas que apelan a los sentimientos
1(say, declare)nobody spoke a word — nadie abrió la boca informal
- to speak one's lines — decir / recitar su (/ mi etc) parlamento
- to speak one's mind / thoughts — hablar claro / con franqueza
- to speak the truth — decir la verdad
2(language) hablardo you speak English? — ¿habla inglés?
- English spoken — se habla inglés
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