In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(tiempo breve)whilehace un rato que se fue — he left a while ago
- ya hace rato que volvieron — they've been back a while / some time now
- ¿puedes salir un rato? — can you come out for a while?
- espera un ratito que ya acabo — hang on a second, I've nearly finished
- llevo un buen rato esperando — I've been waiting for quite some time / for quite a while
- en mis ratos libres / de ocio — in my spare time
- pasé un mal rato — it was terrible
- dentro de un ratito te llamo, que ahora estoy ocupado — I'll call you in a little while, I'm busy right now
2a cada rato
- me interrumpe a cada rato — he keeps interrupting me every five minutes / the whole time
- al (poco) rato
- llegó al poco rato de irte tú — he arrived shortly / just after you left
- al rato se me quitó el dolor — shortly afterward(s) / a short time later the pain went
- solo al rato me di cuenta de la gravedad del asunto — I only realized how serious the situation was a little while later
- ¿quieres bailar? — al rato — do you want to dance? — later / in a while
- a ratos — from time to time
- a ratos perdidos — now and then
- de a rato / de a ratos — from time to time
- más rato — later
- voy a guardar este pedazo para más rato — I'm going to save this piece for later
- para rato
- no me esperes, tengo para rato — don't wait for me, I'll be a while / I'll be some time / I'll be quite a long time
- todavía hay para rato — there's still a long way to go ( / a lot to do etc. )
- si está hablando con Juan tenemos para rato — if she's talking to Juan, we'll be here all day/all night
- pasar el rato — to while away / pass the time
- me puse a leer una revista para pasar el rato — I started reading a magazine to while away / pass the time
- un rato largo
- sabe un rato largo de música — she sure knows a lot / she knows a hell of a lot about music
- ¡esto pesa un rato largo! — this weighs a ton!
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