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Offline Technopat

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« Reply #60 on: February 14, 2008, 13:16 PM »
Greetings Dave,
'Fraid yer Collins is leading you up the garden path (Sp. anyone?) - if you're referring to the translation of the boca de ganso gag, that is ... (technoangel)
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« Reply #61 on: February 14, 2008, 13:25 PM »
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'Fraid yer Collins is leading you up the garden path (Sp. anyone?)
for a change (Sp. anyone?)
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« Reply #62 on: April 17, 2008, 13:18 PM »
Greetings All,
After my refreshing break from Madrid's rat race - popping down for a short visit to the Grazalema iberianatureforum Summit and meeting fellow & fellowess iberianatureforumers - it's clear we were obviously extremely lucky with the weather, 'cos just before we arrived and just about now, it's supposed to be p***ing down again. And as the inevitable result of my refreshing b., have renewed energies, which combined with the fact that many are still down in Grazalema, and thus unable to side-track me, am now in a pos. to flood constructlively contribute to the forum with a backlog of stuff I never seem to get round to posting.

Maybe they've been posted before, but here goes anyway:

"en abril, aguas mil"
"marzo ventoso y abril lluvioso"
And a variation of the theme:
Marzo ventoso, abril lluvioso sacan a mayo florido y hermoso.

And for those in Andalusia:
La lluvia en Sevilla es una maravilla

Then, of course, there's Machado's famous
 EN ABRIL, LAS AGUAS MIL
      Son de abril las aguas mil.
Sopla el viento achubascado,
y entre nublado y nublado
hay trozos de cielo añil.
      Agua y sol. El iris brilla.
En una nube lejana,
zigzaguea
una centella amarilla.
      La lluvia da en la ventana
y el cristal repiqueteo.
      A través de la neblina
que forma la lluvia fina,
se divisa un prado verde,
y un encinar se esfumina,
y una sierra gris se pierde.
      Los hilos del aguacero
sesgan las nacientes frondas,
y agitan las turbias ondas
en el remanso del Duero.
      Lloviendo está en los habares
y en las pardas sementeras;
hay sol en los encinares,
charcos por las carreteras.
      Lluvia y sol. Ya se oscurece
el campo, ya se ilumina;
allí un cerro desparece,
allá surge una colina.
      Ya son claros, ya sombríos
los dispersos caseríos,
los lejanos torreones.
      Hacia la sierra plomiza
van rodando en pelotones
nubes de guata y ceniza.

Which I won't translate 'cos poetry doesn't usually translate very well
http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Machado

Regs.,
Technopat
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« Reply #63 on: April 17, 2008, 23:22 PM »
How does the one go ..... about San Isidro......?

Ni castar ni un clout hasta San isirdo is out ......

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« Reply #64 on: April 18, 2008, 12:57 PM »
Hi Steve
The saying here is ´Hasta el treinta del Mayo, no quitas el sallo´
The Sallo was a type of underskirt, it is the direst equivalent of ne´er cast a clout till May is out.
I personally have not heard the San Isidro one nor has la gefa
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« Reply #65 on: April 18, 2008, 16:34 PM »
Greetings Dave,
Hate to have to do this to you, but as my subtle correction (sayo/mayo) last time round - just over a year ago - didn't seem to have the desired effect, and in the broader interests of the Spanish-learning iberianatureforumers and the community-at-large, I'll just have to be slightly less-subtle 'bout it this time round  :technodevil: .
The correct saying is "Hasta el cuarenta de mayo no te quites el sayo"

Just-so-happen-to-know-this-one regs.,
Technopat
Re. la jefa, next time you hear a Spaniard complain 'bout the irregularities of English spelling/pronunciation, ask 'em to explain the Spanish "g" and "j" (¡en todas partes cuecen habas! - En. anyone?)
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« Reply #66 on: April 18, 2008, 16:38 PM »
Hi TP
Sorry i knew we had done this one before,  :booklook: but could not find it
Chastened regs, and chastened jefa  :biggrin:
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« Reply #67 on: April 18, 2008, 19:15 PM »
Greetings Dave,
Makes up for all my gaffes with sparrows and dunnocks, etc.  :dancing:
Regs.,
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« Reply #68 on: May 27, 2008, 12:39 PM »
Greetings All,
Jesús mentioning the fox and the expression "hueles a zorros" got me thinking and I sort of came up with this working idea that foxes in English are associated with speed - both physical and mental - as in as quick as a fox and as sly as a fox. However, in Spanish it seems that the opposite is true - Jesús?

DRAE:
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estar alguien hecho un ~.

1. loc. verb. coloq. Estar demasiado cargado de sueño y sin poder despertarse o despejarse.

2. loc. verb. coloq. Estar callado y pesado.

estar hecho unos ~s.

1. loc. verb. coloq. Dicho de una persona o de un animal: Estar maltrecho, cansado.

2. loc. verb. coloq. Dicho de una cosa: Estar muy deteriorada o en mal estado.

hacerse alguien el ~.

1. loc. verb. coloq. Aparentar ignorancia o distracción.

That said, as you know I'm not sure that the DRAE is an authority on nature-related stuff in general  :technodevil:

Regs.,
Technopat

PS.
I was also hoping to find the origin of the Spanish word in the DRAE, but it was not to be  :banghead:
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« Reply #69 on: September 24, 2008, 14:15 PM »
Greetings All,
Maybe this one belongs on the tapas & tipples board, but 'ere goes:
I've often heard the expression "comer como un rey" - no, that doesn't mean the same as "comer como un cerdo" (Sp. anyone?) :technodevil: - but the other day someone told me the full version:
Desayunar como un rey, comer como un príncipe y cenar como un mendigo.

Regs.,
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« Reply #70 on: September 24, 2008, 17:44 PM »
Hi TP
Probably refers to the Melons
Regards
Dave