There are 2 main translations of mientras in Spanish

: mientras1mientras2

mientras1

in the meantime, adv.

adverb

  • 1

    (al mismo tiempo)
    in the meantime
    meanwhile
    yo caliento la comida, tú mientras (tanto) puedes poner la mesa I'll heat the food up and while I'm doing that you can set the table / and you can be setting the table meanwhile
  • 2

    mientras más se le da, más pide the more you give him, the more he wants
    • mientras menos tenga que tratar con ella, mejor the less I have to deal with her the better

There are 2 main translations of mientras in Spanish

: mientras1mientras2

mientras2

as long as, conj.

conjunction

  • 1

    • 1.1(con idea de futuro, condición, etc)

      as long as
      mientras pueda/viva as long as I can/live
      • mientras persistan en esa actitud no van a conseguir nada de él as long as they persist with that attitude / unless they change their attitude they won't get anywhere with him

    • 1.2(siempre que)

      as long as
      mientras (que) él no se entere … as long as he doesn't find out …

  • 2

    mientras que while
    • él ha ganado varios premios, mientras que su hermano es totalmente desconocido he has won several awards while / whereas his brother is totally unknown
  • 3

    (indicando simultaneidad)
    while
    entraron mientras dormíamos they got in while we were asleep