In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(in time)mientrasthey like to sing while they work — les gusta cantar mientras trabajan
- [ S ]keys cut while you wait — se hacen llaves al momento
- they don't drink while on duty — no beben cuando / mientras están de guardia
- while I live, you need not worry about … — mientras viva / mientras yo esté, no tendrás que preocuparte de …
2(though)aunquewhile he's not exactly brilliant, he's a good student — aunque no es lo que se dice brillante, es buen estudiante
- the situation, while tense, seems unlikely to lead to war — la situación aunque tensa, no es probable que lleve a una guerra
- one must encourage them, while not raising their hopes unrealistically — hay que animarlos, pero sin crearles expectativas falsas
- Now, though, while the price of these two has dropped more than two quid, so has the quality.
- So the thought of flying, while appealing, was not at the top of my list of things to do.
- In fact, while the experiment was, of necessity, painful, it was far from worthless.
- But while gay couples may be looking to settle down, some find life in Britain difficult.
- The spray is used to subdue violent offenders and, while painful, does not leave any permanent damage.
- But while one side of the battle is finished, it will not go away.
- Peter says while the thought of group therapy may seem daunting, there are many benefits from working this way.
- Walking lines of kids around the Plateau on a long cord, while cute, cannot be the only option.
- Hegel, for example, while not defending war, observed that it was the nursery of the heroic virtues.
- Such conditions, while toxic to plants and animals, can be quite cozy for archaeans.
- So, while online petitions are useless, as everyone says, surely they can do no harm.
- I knew that cat-claws, while wonderful things, cannot get traction on the glass of a mirror.
- Thus while we can start with Waltz, we certainly do not want to stop with him.
- In fact, while they are labeled as such, they are not really fantasy stories in the genre sense.
- But while it created room for the diffusion of authority it did not have a place for individualism.
- I have always thought that Edinburgh, while grand in design, was timid in vision.
- The fact remains that, while horses may not die of foot-and-mouth, they do carry the disease.
- The relationship, while exciting and original, had eventually become strained.
3(whereas)mientras queen tanto que formalI'm Catholic, while Debbie is Jewish — soy católico, en tanto que Debbie es judía formal
- Spain is increasing the size of its fishing fleet while ours is contracting.
- Both in fact were non-rhotic, while the majority of Americans speak with rhotic accents.
- Myrtle, for example, is the emblem of love while sweet lavender denotes a loyal heart.
- It can absorb the individual as a visit to the cinema can, while watching television can't.
- Writing by hand continues to be basic to education while at the same time its value has declined in occupational terms.
- O'Boyle is out of contract in the summer, while Thomas still has two years remaining on his deal.
- He was presented with a watch, while his wife Wendy was presented with a bouquet of flowers.
- Some sought to contradict him, while others tried, unsuccessfully, to ignore his prying.
- Black cabbies pay the airport a fee to operate there, while Checker was required to bid for a contract.
- There is a mistaken belief that it is a straight road, while in fact there is a slight bend.
- The sky was almost black, while the trees and shrubs where all frosty pink.
- All the toes were red while the rest of the foot was white, indicating poor circulation.
- Her husband spends his weekends watching football, while she watches soap operas and Sex and the City.
- The main entrance is on the north while another to the south is used by a modern track.
- This is not a static and unchangeable world where all whites have the goods while blacks do not.
- This indicates that expression of the transgene occurs in tubers while the endogene seems to be silent.
- A strange contradiction emerged as the art was praised while those who created it were degraded.
- Danny Slatter has signed a one-year contract, while Russell Edwards has been released.
- Some contracts offer just protection, while others provide investment links.
1(period of time)wait a while — (a very short period) espera un ratito / un momentito
- it's a while since we had any news — hace tiempo que no tenemos noticias
- a little while later he was back — al ratito / al poco rato estaba de vuelta
- it's been a good while since we had any rain — hace bastante (tiempo) que no llueve
- he was here a little while ago — hace un ratito estaba aquí
- it happened a long while ago — pasó hace mucho (tiempo)
- it took us quite a while to find it — tardamos bastante tiempo / un buen rato en encontrarlo
- after a while she realized — después de / al cabo de un rato se dio cuenta
- she knew all the while that he was dead — supo desde el principio que estaba muerto
- I've been waiting all this while — hace tanto rato que estoy esperando
- they lived in Spain for a while — vivieron un tiempo en España
- sit down for a while — siéntate un rato / ratito
- I'm just going out for a little while — voy a salir un ratito / momentito
- I'll be back in a little while — enseguida vuelvo
- she'll be here in a short while — llegará dentro de un ratito
- I haven't tasted caviar in a very long while — hace mucho tiempo que no pruebo caviar
- it's the first time in a long while that she's missed a meeting — es la primera vez en mucho tiempo que falta a una reunión
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