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« Reply #40 on: January 11, 2008, 17:00 PM »
Hi TP
Great Spanish saying by Maria yesterday Patas Arriba. as in you caught us in a right mess/upside down. Her Nephew and his wife popped in to see us unexpectedly, in the middle of decorating.
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« Reply #41 on: January 31, 2008, 19:57 PM »
Greetings Dave and All,
It would seem that both Dave and Technopat get no end of mileage out of our Spanish spouses' use of Spanish. Yesterday, Mrs Tp came out with:

"Lleva aquí una burrada de años"
- En. anyone?  :dancing:

Amused regs.,
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« Reply #42 on: January 31, 2008, 20:12 PM »
That's not fair Tp

You have no context as to the why the phrase was uttered.... At least Dave said that it was the in-laws coming round to visit unexpected that provoked maria's upside down feet....

Maybe you were doing the washing up and taking ages to finish? maybe you were acting like a donkey and being slow to understand something....

But you need to at least say what you were doing wrong or right to be scolded or praised so....

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« Reply #43 on: January 31, 2008, 20:26 PM »
Tp,

Literal this time

Donkey's years
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« Reply #44 on: January 31, 2008, 20:33 PM »
So what was Tp doing that "literally" took "donkeys years" ???

Tp ? :)
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« Reply #45 on: January 31, 2008, 23:29 PM »
Greetings All,
While Technopat is pleased to see fellow (in this case no fellowesses?) iberianatureforumers making inroads with their Spanish, he does consider it necessary, for purely pedagogical reasons, to point out that in the unlikelihood of Mrs Tp having had reason to be mosqueada (En. anyone?) with her media naranja (En. anyone?) she would hardly have used the "lleva aquí" intro. to her supposed criticism.*

On the other hand, from a sociolinguistic perspective, Spaniards of the female gender are certainly no exception to the general tendency of the population at large to use taboo words when deemed necessary and therefore have a very rich and varied vocabulary to resort to when wishing to express slowness or lack of collaboration on the party of the second part - and burro would certainly be considered too mild to have any effective result. Empirical research carried out over more than 25 years suggests that female psychologists are no exception to the above generalisation.

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« Reply #46 on: January 31, 2008, 23:34 PM »
what did he say?

We need a tp translating service
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« Reply #47 on: February 01, 2008, 00:39 AM »
Courtesy of Altavista:
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Saludos todos, mientras que Technopat está satisfecho para ver a compañero (en este caso ningunos fellowesses?) los iberianatureforumers que hacen incursiones con su español, él considera necesario, por razones puramente pedagógicas, de precisar que en el unlikelihood de señora Tp que tiene razón de ser el mosqueada (En. cualquier persona?) con su naranja de los medios (En. cualquier persona?) ella habría utilizado apenas "la introducción del aquí del lleva". a su crítica supuesta. * Por otra parte, de una perspectiva sociolinguistic, los españoles del género femenino no son ciertamente ninguna excepción a la tendencia general de la población en grande a utilizar palabras del tabú cuando está juzgado necesario y por lo tanto tenga un vocabulario muy rico y variado a recurrir cuando desea expresar lentitud o la carencia de la colaboración en el partido de la segunda parte - y el burro ciertamente sería considerado demasiado suave tener cualquier resultado eficaz. El excedente realizado de la investigación empírica más de 25 años sugiere que los psicólogos femeninos no son ninguna excepción a la generalización antedicha. Regs., Technopat

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« Reply #48 on: February 01, 2008, 10:04 AM »
Actually I was hoping for a technopat to English translation... I tried babelfish but it didn't have that option.

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« Reply #49 on: February 11, 2008, 13:22 PM »
One in Catalan which my wife came out with this morning:
"Que negre que ets li diu lo corb a la garsa"

Does anyone need a translation?

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« Reply #50 on: February 11, 2008, 16:54 PM »
Greetings Steve,
Going to 'ave a bash at it - anything to take my mind off stuff going on at other threads.
Don't actually know how Catalan grammar works, but I recognise the words black and magpie in there and think that corb is curva/curve. Suspect that diu is a typo for dia (even if the keys are way apart), and juggling things about and hoping against hope, gives me something along the lines of:
"The day's blacker than a magpie's back"

Refuse-to-resort-to-Altavista-Babelfish-etc. regs.,
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Yes, please - I, for one, need a translation
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« Reply #51 on: February 11, 2008, 18:42 PM »
TP

Clue 1

Pot
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« Reply #52 on: February 11, 2008, 18:47 PM »
Blacker that a magpies backside?
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« Reply #53 on: February 11, 2008, 19:25 PM »
Hi Everyone
I´ll have a stab at the Crow calling the Magpie black
English version The pot calling the kettle black
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« Reply #54 on: February 11, 2008, 19:58 PM »
Greetings All,
Thanx for Clue 1, Nick - and with Dave's great corbie, I reckon that diu must be the past tense of decir:
so I second Dave's stab.

("How black you are!" said the pot to the magpie)

Keep-'em-coming regs.,
Technopat

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Re. Clive's, what's the Catalan for - whoops! I just remembered, Mrs Tp used to work for a major US computer systems company (long since merged into another major etc.) called Cullinet - much to the delight of Catalan clients ...  :dancing:
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« Reply #55 on: February 12, 2008, 12:16 PM »
Hi Everyone
I´ll have a stab at the Crow calling the Magpie black
English version The pot calling the kettle black
Regards
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« Reply #56 on: February 13, 2008, 23:28 PM »
Greetings All,
While on the subject of birds:

1. pájaro de mal agüero - which shouldn't be too difficult, and

2. hablar por boca de ganso - which should keep the vast majority of you busy for a while ... :dancing:

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« Reply #57 on: February 14, 2008, 10:37 AM »
Hi TP
1. Bird of ill Omen
2. Talking through the mouth of a goose, I should imagine equates to talking like a Ducks a*s !
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« Reply #58 on: February 14, 2008, 10:58 AM »
Greetings Dave 'n' All,
Yes, Dave, you've correctly jizzed the first bird.
Cicero summed it up nicely: How can an augur explain why the croak of a raven on the right hand, and a crow on the left, should be reckoned a good omen? 

However, I get a) hairstyle and b) tacaño for the second one, which ain't where it's at :dancing:

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« Reply #59 on: February 14, 2008, 12:45 PM »
Hi TP
I get
2. as tight as a goose/ducks a*s and that is water tight
Regards
Dave