Blanco y en botella

marzo 30th, 2012 | Posted by admin in ¿Sabías qué...? - (0 Comments)

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Clear as day

Cuando decimos en español "blanco y en botella" en inglés se dice "clear as day". En este caso cuando decimos clear quiere decir despejado (como un día de sol).

Realmente aquí es cuando uno se da cuenta de la riqueza del español. Si nos paramos a pensar un momento la cantidad de frases que significan lo mismo, no llego a ver el final, "cristalino", "de cajón", etc. Os invito a enriquecer este post y que aportemos entre todos nuestro granito de arena.

¿Seremos capaces de llegar a las 15 frases con el mismo significado? Estoy seguro de que sí.

¿Quién se apunta?, seguro que tú sabes alguno.

Es más..., os propongo lo siguiente. De todas las frases recibidas (que tengan que ver con este post) sortearemos un pen drive en forma de llave de SeproTec. El 11 de abril a las 12,00h será el sorteo.

¡Suerte!

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Blanco y en botella, leche

If you are not a native speaker you may wonder what this phrase is talking about, but to any Spaniard this is as “clear as day.”  That’s actually what it means. The saying describes something that is white and in a bottle… and the phrase ends declaring it has to be milk, because it is obvious that it couldn’t  be anything else! …now you know!

Another similar expression in Spanish says “de cajón” literal translations meaning from a drawer-which means something is also very obvious.

In fact, there are so many different expressions and ways to say something is obvious that we are going to give you a challenge, all the people who provide a version of this saying in English or Spanish will be entered into a drawing to win a USB (pen drive)! The drawing will be held on April 11th!

Leave your version and check your email April 11th, you may be the winner!

Good Luck!

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Donde fueres haz lo que vieres

La versión inglesa dice literalmente (Cuando estés en Roma, haz lo que hacen los romanos)

Otra variante de este refrán en castellano es: ALLÍ DONDE FUERES, HAZ LO QUE VIERES. Ambos aparecen mucho en las clases para extranjeros aprendiendo el idioma ya que tiene el tiempo verbal futuro de subjuntivo. Como anécdota, muchos profesores lo usan para demostrar la manera correcta de emplear este tiempo verbal que es fácil de recordar ya que tiene ritma.

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When in Rome, do as the Romans do

When in Rome!

The Spanish version tells us that wherever you go, do what you see (others doing is implied). (Monkey see monkey do perhaps could apply here?!) Both versions are quite simple to understand in that when you go somewhere, if you don’t know what to do or how to act, use the locals as reference.

This is the perfect excuse to take advantage of things you normally can’t or wouldn’t do where you are from, but is completely accepted in another culture or region. The example that comes to mind for me is how certain animals are eaten in certain countries and kept as pets in others. I suppose when you visit those places you’ll have to try them?!