In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(inform, reveal)decirto tell sb the truth/a lie — decirle la verdad/una mentira a algn
- as I was telling you — como te estaba / iba diciendo
- I don't know how to tell you this but … — no sé cómo decírtelo, pero …
- don't tell me, let me guess — no me lo digas, a ver si adivino
- I've been told that … — me han dicho que …
- he was told that … — le dijeron que …
- could you tell me the way to the station? — ¿me podría decir / indicar cómo se llega a la estación?
- I'll tell him you are here — le diré que ha llegado
- I'll tell him what happened — le diré / contaré qué pasó
- tell me when you've finished — dime / avísame cuando hayas terminado
- (in letters) I am pleased to be able to tell you that … — me complace comunicarle / informarle que …
- she won't be told — no le hace caso a nadie
- I told you so! — ¿no te lo dije?
- I can't tell you how relieved I am! — ¡no te imaginas el alivio que siento!
- Each movement of his body tells the story described by song.
- Lauren relates her story in a simple time sequence and gives telling details which make the narration gripping.
- Although intricate in their themes, each picture tells a thousand different stories while remaining beautifully simple.
- The owner of the chemist's shop where the armed robbery took place told of his shock and horror at the incident.
- However, a more telling statistic would be loss and damage rate per 1,000 weapons passes.
- Figures tell part of the story but are not the sole reason for Manly's collapse.
- Each painting tells a story and relates back to Stadium Australia and the workers.
- He lost both his job and later his life for his troubles, for speaking out and telling the truth.
- They also told of how their son had been deeply affected by the abduction.
- Within families a lot happens on the periphery and the most telling details are often seen out of the corner of one's eye.
- The most telling fact is that I had a terrible job getting the book back from my colleagues to review.
- However, the most telling evidence of its enduring value is that it is still in print three decades later.
- While headlines screamed of a terrifying rise in youth crime, Wood said the figures told a different story.
- The couple told of the whispering campaign in their community accusing them of being in some way responsible.
- Her mother tells her how wonderful everything is in the city.
- Hearing her friends tell her how lucky she was to have someone so devoted only made it worse.
- With all the discussion about the fisheries issue, he said one telling detail is being left out.
- Sadly, the reality tells a different, a gloomier kind of story.
- Her mother had told her earlier that the guests would be arriving around 4.
- That's because he speaks his mind and tells the truth.
- A North Yorkshire farmer today told of his family's despair as foot and mouth claimed his flock of sheep.
- But the body of his report tells a different story.
- The evidence of the accused tells an entirely different story, in that he says he did not arrange the marriage.
- But closer examination of the figures tells a different story.
- Employees told of massive delays and journeys of up to eight hours to London from York as the railways were in crisis.
- In other words, telling the plain truth probably would have been sufficient.
- One doctor told the conference he sees 50 patients a day.
- Last night, her shocked brother told of how he made a desperate bid to save her.
- Eyewitnesses told of the horror of being crushed, of falling and then having other people falling on top of them.
- Another doctor told the inquest the symptoms could have been caused by anxiety and depression.
- The inquest was told yesterday that he complained of feeling " queasy " minutes before the tragic incident.
- Dad was still telling me how proud he was of me.
- She had no doubt been told of the historic reasons why the lords feel they must rule us.
- Neighbours have spoken of their shock at the incident and told of a quiet woman who kept herself to herself.
- Sources told us earlier today that the campaign would widen and apparently it has.
2(recount, relate)(tale/joke) contartell me a story — cuéntame un cuento
- the poem tells how … — el poema relata cómo …
- to tell sb about sb/sth
- she's told me all about you — me ha hablado mucho de ti
- tell us about Lima — cuéntanos cómo es Lima (or qué tal te fue en Lima etc.)
- have you told him about us? — ¿le has contado lo nuestro?
- He tries to tell the story in a way that relates to the modern audience.
- Global stars they may be, but they created a warm, homely atmosphere, joking and telling stories about their family.
- It would be a great shame if teenage boys, in whose voice the story is told, were deterred by the girl's name in the title.
- The way he tells his stories and jokes is true to life everywhere.
- These guys are so funny and laid back on stage, making jokes, telling stories, having a good time.
- We laughed too, even though she had not finished telling her story.
- For me, it was just telling a story and relating the adventures and hardships while on Everest.
- Ordinary sailors and marines will also be telling their own stories, speaking to the audience from the naval vessels.
- She tells stories, laughs easily and explains processes and ideas clearly.
- To illustrate, she tells the story of the night watchman given to practical jokes.
- And every week he has three of us who will be on the broadcast telling a story.
- The old girls sit for hours under a mango tree, threading and weaving, gossiping and telling stories.
- Daddy does all kinds of voices when he tells stories and he always makes me laugh.
- They sat at the table drinking the wine, telling stories and making jokes about General Hackman.
- We raced the rooftops to the very edge of it where we saw a group of soldiers merrily laughing and telling stories around the fire.
- Most important is to find the voice with which to tell the story.
- Another way of using language to cheer someone up is by telling stories and jokes.
- He was telling stories and jokes and had the attention of us all as he was pretty good at it.
- Johns' blue eyes brighten as he tells this story, and he laughs.
- Anthony seemed to be telling a joke or story of some sort, but it was obvious that Nick's attention was elsewhere.
3(instruct, warn)decirdo as / what you're told — haz lo que se te dice
- I won't tell you again — no te lo voy a volver a repetir
- no-one told me what to do — nadie me dijo qué / lo que tenía que hacer
- to tell sb to + inf — decirle a algn que + subj
- tell them to come in — diles que pasen
- she told me to be quiet — me dijo que me callara
- I told you not to do that! — ¡te dije que no hicieras eso!
- But the pair were unable to attend after being told to stay in hospital.
- With a standing order, you tell your bank to pay a fixed sum at a regular interval to an organisation or individual.
- They told them to dismount and then tied them up and ordered them into the American vehicle.
- The jury normally receives an order from the court telling it to accept the laws as they are.
- Cancer cells get these nutrients by sending out a complex set of chemical instructions telling the body to produce new blood vessels to feed it.
- She knew she had been told to stay quiet, but she couldn't.
- The same lawyers told him to bring charges to a civil court and the sports court of arbitrage.
- People are too intelligent for us to direct their minds and tell them go this way or that way.
4.1(ascertain, know)it's difficult to tell her age — es difícil calcularle la edad
- I can't tell the exact width — no sabría decir qué ancho tiene exactamente
- I could tell from her voice that she was upset — por la voz me di cuenta de que estaba disgustada
- you can tell by their clothes that they're French — por la ropa se nota que son franceses
- there's no telling what might happen — no se sabe lo que podría ocurrir
4.2(distinguish)distinguirto tell sth/sb from sth/sb — distinguir algo/a algn de algo/algn
- it's hard to tell one twin from the other — es difícil distinguir a un mellizo del otro
- you can always tell a Rubens — un Rubens es fácil de reconocer
- to tell right from wrong — discriminar entre lo que está bien y lo que está mal
- It just can't tell the difference between its narrowband and broadband users.
- Some say they can't tell the difference between two teams when they are on the other wing!
- Personally, I can't tell the difference between diamonds and bits of clear broken glass!
- The company is in big trouble if their commissioning editors can't tell the difference between the two.
- The bomb may be smart, but it can't tell the difference between a bunker and a school.
- He can't tell the difference between the truth and what his lawyer is telling him.
- He's the only person at the bar who can't tell the difference between beer and water.
- I'll wager she can't tell the difference between a Klieg light and sunlight.
1.1(reveal)only he knows the answer and he's not telling — solo él sabe la respuesta, pero no se la va a decir a nadie
- promise you won't tell? — ¿prometes que no se lo vas a contar / decir a nadie?
- to tell on sb (to sb)
- he told on us to the teacher — le fue con el chisme / cuento al profesor
- don't tell on us! — ¡no nos descubras!
1.2literary (relate)more than words can tell — más de lo que pueden expresar las palabras
- to tell of sth — hablar de algo
- it tells of great suffering — habla de grandes sufrimientos
- He told the number of girls and officers standing in a line.
- He told the number of school that they had established, and how they obtained their scholars.
2(know, work out)saberwho can tell! — ¡quién sabe!
- I can tell that he loves what he does, that all his dreams are busy coming true.
- You look at one of my documents on a screen, and hopefully you can tell that it's been crafted to make you want to read it.
- The muscle in his jaw clenches, and you can tell he's trying hard not to start crying.
- From the way he's smiling, I can tell that he hasn't smiled in a long time.
- You can tell that they're starting to like you, that they want to trust you.
- I can tell that this is going to be one of those long-winded, rambling posts about nothing at all.
- As the music swells to a triumphant brass climax, I can tell that victory is within my grasp.
- Although he's a cool, controlled character, one can tell that Scott is a little hurt by this.
- I can tell that she's been wanting to say this for a while, but that doesn't make me want to hear it any more.
- There is an awkward silence and I can tell that they are wondering if I heard something that I shouldn't.
- My friends have tried to be nice but I can tell that they all think we are going to break up eventually.
- I can tell that they imagine that ideal job in banking is lying just around the next corner.
- I look at her eyes in her own rear-view mirror and I can tell that she is laughing at me.
- It is perfect in every way, and I can tell that both my grandmother and my aunt agree.
- From first impressions you can tell that this is a bike that has been designed with a true passion for the sport it was intended.
- The atmosphere is what makes it such a special place and you can tell that patients and staff alike love being here.
- Nobody can tell, but they will certainly have their work cut out for them.
- She can tell that for once Jason is surprised and she decides that that is a good thing.
- Talking to people in the area about it, one can tell that they are all very proud of their Medical Centre.
- I can tell that she knows something is not quite right about the scenario she walked in on.
3(count, have an effect)breeding tells — la buena educación siempre se nota
- he made every punch tell — hizo contar cada golpe
- his influence told — su influencia fue decisiva
- her age is beginning to tell — se le está empezando a notar la edad
- to tell against sb/sth — obrar en contra de algn/algo
- to tell on sb/sth
- the strain is beginning to tell on him — la tensión lo está empezando a afectar
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