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La Isla


May 28, 2011, 8:53 AM

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When I was a Spanish major in university in the States back in the 1960s, I was told by various professors that using an accent mark over capital letters was optional, with no reason given why this was so.


cbviajero

May 28, 2011, 10:49 AM

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Talk about a hijacked thread,how about some dichos,a la les truje chenchas!
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tonyburton


May 28, 2011, 2:29 PM

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That's what I've always understood as well. Essentially, printer's didn't have upper case typefaces with accents.


flufferette

May 28, 2011, 3:43 PM

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Queremos la botella llena y la suegra borracha


mazbook1


May 28, 2011, 4:04 PM

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¡Que padre!


esperanza

May 29, 2011, 7:11 PM

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En boca cerrada, no entran moscas.

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Goyo

May 30, 2011, 8:11 AM

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"ratas con placas" jajaja


La Isla


May 30, 2011, 8:47 AM

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"ratas con placas" jajaja


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tonyburton


May 30, 2011, 8:55 AM

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La Isla


May 30, 2011, 9:03 AM

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Thanks, Tony.


tashby


Jun 23, 2011, 8:13 AM

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I heard this at a party the other day and wrote it down quickly, so may not have it exactly right: Dime de que presumes y te dire de que careces.


YucaLandia


Jun 23, 2011, 8:48 AM

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"Cria cuervos y que sacarán tus ojos."
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crunchymama

Jun 23, 2011, 9:09 AM

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Más sabe el diablo por viejo que por diablo.


NEOhio1


Jun 25, 2011, 8:14 AM

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My husband especially likes the "little town, big fire" saying Esperanza taught him years ago. Living in Ajijic we tend to use it daily along with the requiste head gesture and eye-rolling.


Bennie García

Jun 25, 2011, 8:49 AM

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My husband especially likes the "little town, big fire" saying Esperanza taught him years ago. Living in Ajijic we tend to use it daily along with the requiste head gesture and eye-rolling.


I have always translated that as "small town, big hell" which IMO is the accurate meaning of the saying.


La Isla


Jun 25, 2011, 9:50 AM

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Bennie, what is it in Spanish?


NEOhio1


Jun 25, 2011, 10:08 AM

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 'pequena puebla, infierno grande'


La Isla


Jun 25, 2011, 10:16 AM

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Thanks for that. Trying to find the best English translation for the Spanish, it looks like infierno can be inferno in English, and an inferno is an especially vicious fire. Make of these facts, what you will NEOhio and Bennie.


Bennie García

Jun 25, 2011, 10:41 AM

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Pueblo chico, infierno grande.

My take is that the constant chismes y arguendes make life in small villages hell.


La Isla


Jun 25, 2011, 10:49 AM

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Pueblo chico, infierno grande.

My take is that the constant chismes y arguendes make life in small villages hell.


Interesting analysis!


NEOhio1


Jun 25, 2011, 11:13 AM

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you are absolutely right, on both


Papirex


Jun 25, 2011, 12:04 PM

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My late, bi-lingual Mexican wife always interpreted that saying as “Small town, big hell” too.

She was from Mexico City, so a lot of places were small towns to her, although she never understood why I never wanted to live in Ajijic.

Rex
"The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved" - Victor Hugo


tashby


Jun 25, 2011, 12:58 PM

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I was introduced to the phrase "pueblo chico, infierno grande" by a friend from Guadalajara, and it's definitely "small town, big hell". Ajijic is the first small town I've ever lived in. The phrase is highly useful.

I'm helping some folks with English and they've taught me some good ones lately. I hope I get these right:

"Me tiene hasta la madre" (Which I take to mean to be completely and angrily fed up with something)

There's another one that makes me laugh, but I don't think I have it right. If you're asked how things are going, and everything's going fine, it translates literally something like, "Everything's on wheels". Something like that. I think I heard....

"sobres ruedas"

Does anyone know if that's it?


(This post was edited by tashby on Jun 25, 2011, 1:03 PM)


Maritsa


Jun 28, 2011, 8:32 AM

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My friend Timoteo uses two phrases that always cracked me up: "hijo de la guayaba!" and "vale gorro!" (I think it's gorro)


La Isla


Jun 28, 2011, 8:40 AM

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My friend Timoteo uses two phrases that always cracked me up: "hijo de la guayaba!" and "vale gorro!" (I think it's gorro)


Maritsa, I think the second one is "vale (or "cae") gordo" meaning something is not to your liking, to put it mildly :) !
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