In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
intransitive verbspoke, spoken
1.1(say sth)hablarsorry, did you speak? — perdón ¿dijiste algo? / ¿me hablaste?
- to speak to or with sb — hablar con algn
- 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 hablan
- 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
- to speak of sth/sb/-ing — hablar de algo/algn/+ inf
- 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 …
- speaking personally, I think … — personalmente, creo que …
- he's not, strictly speaking, a member — no es, en realidad, socio
- legally/morally speaking — desde el punto de vista legal/moral
- She opened her mouth as if to speak, but seemed unable to get the words out.
- He breathed hard through his mouth, almost unable to speak.
- Beads of sweat appeared on Miller's forehead as he opened his mouth but was unable to speak.
- Her voice was still fluctuating in pitch as she spoke, unable to control her delight at the ludicrous moment.
- The prince surveyed the three, trying to speak but unable to find his voice.
- John stands, open mouthed at the revelation and is left unable to speak.
- Tom suddenly felt himself unable to speak, his throat freezing up and his mouth suddenly going dry.
- 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.
- I was unable to speak, and I didn't trust my voice either.
- Corman always gives good information whenever he speaks, and even if he talks less than usual, it's worth a listen.
- During their gigs, the six-some regularly distributes pamphlets of information and speaks on stage about causes they feel strongly about.
- 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.
- He speaks with conviction and conveys emotion well.
- Unable to speak, the girl could only move her mouth to call for her mother's help before falling to the ground unconscious.
- 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.
- Israel was quiet, as if digesting that bit of information and then he spoke, harshly and firmly.
- I open my mouth to speak and Mum raises a hand, to shut me up.
- She sighed and put her hand to her mouth, almost unable to speak anymore.
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 habló el presidente
- 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 do not, however, feel authorized to speak from any other position than that constructed for me by my race, class, and sexual identity.
- And as a priest, he's uniquely positioned to speak on the issue.
- I also heard him speak at a lecture, which I found inspirational.
- During his long speech, he finally speaks about the silence in which he has brought up his beloved son.
- And in hearing her speak, I think she comes off very differently.
- 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.
- 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.
- But the actress has always refused to speak on the issue.
- In a race for the Ohio Supreme Court, one candidate spoke freely about his views and the other filled his war chest.
- 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.
- In 1983, I heard him speak in Washington, D.C., and he addressed this very issue.
- I suppose I am in a somewhat unique position to speak about the ‘new’ economy for two reasons.
- 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.
- He travelled to hear his hero speak and later sailed with him in Narragansett Bay.
- They also gain a little confidence in public speaking through their oral reports to the class.
- A long time ago, when I heard him speak, he said, set yourselves apart from this corrupt generation, be saints.
- I suppose I am speaking from the position of a person who sees the question as, essentially, valid.
- He spoke in the early afternoon and claimed in his evidence that he left soon afterwards.
3to speak to(address)dirigirse alines that speak to the heart — líneas que apelan a los sentimientos
transitive verbspoke, spoken
1(say, declare)nobody spoke a word — nadie abrió la boca informal
- to speak one's lines — decir / recitar su (or mi etc) parlamento
- to speak the truth — decir la verdad
2(language) hablardo you speak English? — ¿habla inglés?
- [ S ]English spoken — se habla inglés
- Now that I look back at this he might have been making fun of me for not being able to speak my own language very well, which would have been much more embarrassing.
- Do you know which ones are able to speak the language you know?
- She claimed to have graduated from Vassar College, to be able to speak four languages and to have attended the Sorbonne in Paris.
- They wanted their kids to be able to speak the language I'm speaking now.
- Over sixty local languages and dialects are spoken, the most widely used of which are Kikongo, Sangha, and Bateke.
- He was able to convincingly speak the language of revolution and continued to do so down through the dark days of civil war and into the early 1930s.
- Viewers have not always been able to speak this language, certainly not consciously, but it hasn't stopped us trying.
- They were also very intelligent and able to speak every language naturally.
- This Vanuatu tribesman could only make hand motions and repeat words in his foreign language, though everyone living on Efate speaks at least some conversational English.
- Among Ghanaian Americans, more than 100 languages and dialects are spoken.
- Minority groups speak Arabic as well as their own languages at home, and English is widely spoken as a second language.
- If you want to speak to us (and we do comprise the vast majority of society) then speak in a language that we understand.
- In the ethnically diverse town, several dialects were spoken, and the language of the Husserl home probably was Yiddish.
- English is spoken as the primary language at home by 3 percent of the population.
- The Philippines lacks a common language and about eighty languages and dialects are spoken in the islands.
- They have to be able to speak the languages of the scientist and the fishing industry, the tourist operator and the recreational sailor.
- Prospect New Town, for its part, speaks the language of community and celebrates authenticity.
- Armenians everywhere think that being able to speak the language is an important part of being Armenian.
- The dream of many Oneidas is that one day most members will be able to speak the language fluently.
- Although he is able to speak some French, and presumably the receptionist is able to speak some English, neither accommodates to the other.
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