In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(manner/conversation) forzado(manner/conversation) poco natural
- The stilted, awkward conversation of the first ten minutes - as each circles, trying to discover the other's motives for the meeting - quickly gives way to a horribly compelling, recaptured intimacy.
- Although Mandy told the girls later that the lunch had ‘been very romantic’, the two-hour date saw the two behaving self consciously and chatting in a stilted manner.
- The scriptwriter's Danish, right, and because they haven't corrected his dialogue a lot of it sounds really stilted and forced and unnatural.
- Everyday life currently seems to consist of one long round of awkward, stilted conversations.
- The intentionally boxy, stilted animation is arresting at first, until one is distracted by the content of the show itself.
- I have had a few stilted conversations, feeling a little self-conscious and unsure, but I think with a bit of practice I will improve.
- If by good you mean the author manages to keep you turning the pages even though his writing is stilted and the characters are like stick figures, then yes, it was good.
- The slightly stilted animation and cheesy synthesized pop music are here in all their glory.
- Moreover, his public image was balanced somewhere between the effete decadence of a dandy and the stilted manners of an upper-class gentleman.
- I used to teach English as a foreign language, in Bolivia, and believe me, I quickly learnt that even people with no English whatsoever quickly get confused by this kind of unnatural, stilted, contextless speech.
- I hate stilted, awkward conversations with someone to whom you should be able to talk absolutely naturally - particularly when, not so long ago, you were able to be completely yourself with that person.
- This stilted comedy of manners lacks a framework around which to dress itself and, subsequently, has the feel and look of a second-rate sketch show to it.
- There were long periods with little to no dialogue, and what dialogue there was felt stilted and unnatural (but that may have been the intention).
- Some of the dialogue is delivered in a stilted manner, and some of the plot devices a bit forced.
- The graphics in the 2D sections of the game don't look too bad, although some of the animations are pretty stilted.
- And then when I do just leap in and start writing, I realise how horribly stilted my writing sounds, and that I don't know where I'm going, and that I really should do some more planning.
- Sweeping back his unruly fringe on a breezy hotel terrace, the burly White House veteran still has the demeanour of a veteran political campaigner, steely and unyielding behind his folksy southern manners and slightly stilted bonhomie.
- In a stilted manner, he replied, ‘I didn't do too badly.’
- If the weekend turned out to be a horrible mistake, at least I wouldn't have to endure five hours of strained stilted conversations on the return journey.
- The show works best when it gives the illusion of spontaneity, but there is the occasional awkward, stilted conversation that is obviously neither natural nor scripted.
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