el inglés, una partida de Tabú: ejercicios

By 3 julio, 2013Blog

Para sacar el mayor provecho de tu inglés, a veces tienes que ser como MacGyver, es decir, saber hacer mucho con poco (véase mi última entrega). Vamos a practicarlo…

Debajo tienes unas frases en español. ¿Cómo puedes expresar las mismas ideas con palabras sencillas en inglés?

Aunque tengas vocabulario suficiente para hacer traducciones muy exactas, en este ejercicio la meta no es esa. Aquí se premia la sencillez, no la precisión. Por eso, al lado de algunas de las frases he puesto una palabra prohibida que no se puede utilizar en la traducción.

Os invito a compartir vuestras ideas en los comentarios de más abajo; puedes encontar una grabación con las mías al final de esta entrega.

1. Todos mis parientes son muy longevos. (Palabra prohibida: relatives)

2. La película no se parece en absoluto al libro.

3. Ha solicitado una excedencia de 3 meses. (Palabra prohibida: apply for)

4. Tenemos el mismo trabajo, pero nuestras tareas no son las mismas. (Palabra prohibida: tasks)

5. ¿Cuánto es la cuota mensual? (Palabras prohibidas: monthly fee)

6. No puedo prescindir de mi siesta diaria. (Palabras prohibidas: daily nap)

7. Corre muy rápido, pero no tiene resistencia. (Palabra prohibida: endurance)

8. Trabaja mucho, pero rinde poco.

9. Si hablas así, te delatarás como misógino. (Palabra prohibida: mysoginist)

10. Hay varias pruebas de la fiabilidad del sistema. (Palabra prohibida: reliability)

11. Estos errores surgen por falta de costrumbre.

12. Por una serie de motivos que no podemos desvelar en este momento, eso no es factible para nosotros.

13. En estas viviendas las mascotas están prohibidas.

14. La mayoría de las autoescuelas cobran por adelantado.

15. Si tu equipaje abulta mucho, abate los asientos.

16. Tenemos que concienciar a la gente de las repercusiones de una sequía prolongada. (Palabras prohibidas: drought, repercussions)

Aquí van mis propias sugerencias:

Join the discussion 15 Comments

  • Pilar Sanfiz dice:

    1. All my family live long time
    2. The movie doesn’t look like the book
    3. He’s asked for three months off
    4.We have the same job but we don’t do the same things
    5.How much does it cost per month?
    6.I have to sleep every day after lunch
    7.He runs very fast but not for long
    8. He works a lot but he doesn’t get much done 🙂
    9.If you speak like this people will think that you hate women
    10.There’re several proofs to know if the system works
    11.These mistakes appear because we don’t get used to
    12.We can’t do this because several circumstances impeach us by now
    13.In these houses pets aren’t allowed
    14.One have to pay at the beginning in most of driving schools
    15.If your luggage takes too much place, fold down the seat
    16.We have to tell people about the issues of a longtime lack of water

  • yasho dice:

    Great exercise, Zac! I feel “simple” translations like these are thought-provoking and stimulate creativity. Thanks and happy summer.

  • captain dice:

    I´m having my go:

    1.- All the members of my family live for a long time
    2.-The movie does not bear any resemblance with the book at all.
    3.- She asked for 3 months off
    4.- We perform the same job but our duties are not exactly the same
    5.- How much should I pay monthly?
    6.-I cannot live without sleeping a bit after lunch.
    7.- He runs really quickly but doesn´t have enough stamina .
    8.- He works a lot but has a low performance.
    9.- If you speak like this, you will come across as a person who doesn´t like women.
    10.- There are several trials which show that you can rely on the system.
    11.- These mistakes arise for the lack of habit
    12. Due to countless reasons which we are not allowed to unveal now,this is not feasable for us.
    13.- In these households, pets are not allowed
    14.- Most driviving schools charge in advance
    15.- If your hand luggage is really bulky you may move the seats down.
    16.- We have to make people aware of the significant problems of shortage rain for a long time

  • Juan David Vargas Mora dice:

    1. All the people in my family are very long-lived.
    2. The film doesn’t save any relationship with the book.
    3. You have asked for an exceedance of 3 months.
    4. We have the same job, but our chores are different.
    5. ¿How much do I have to pay per month?
    6. I can’t avoid sleeping a little everyday, besides sleeping at night.
    7. He runs really fast, but lacks of stamina.
    8. He works a lot, but his performance is poor.
    9. If you talk like that, you’ll show your low appreciation for women.
    10. There are several tests of robustness of the system.
    11. This kind of mistakes are caused by lack of habit.
    12. Because some reasons we cannot reveal at the moment, that’s not realizable for us.
    13. In these houses pets are not allowed.
    14. Most driving schools charge in advance.
    15. If your luggage is bulk, fold down the seat.
    16. We have to make people realize the aftermath of a long lack of rain.

  • soledad dice:

    Hola:
    Me gustaría que me dijeses dónde tienes “listening” ya que es lo que tengo peor.
    Gracias.
    1. All people belong to my family are long-lived.
    2. The film dosen´t absolutely look like to the book.
    3. She asked a leave of three months.
    4. We are the same job but our activities are differents.

  • yaret dice:

    1- All my parents aren’t old
    2-The film doesn’t look like what’s wrote on the book
    3-I’ve asked for some vacation for 3 month
    4- We have a the same job but our paperwork aren’t the same
    5- how much money you pay for 30 days
    6- I can’t always have a nap
    7- he runs faster but he tired quekly
    8- he works a lot but he doesn’t over on time
    9- If you said like that it would found out.
    10- these mistakes come due to people
    13- in these houses the pets are forbidden
    14- The most of the school you must pay before getting classes

  • adriana dice:

    1 my whole family is old.
    2 The film doesn’t look like the boook at all
    3 he has asked giving up his job for a while
    4 we have the same work but we have to do different things
    5 how much do I have to pay each month?
    6 every day I need to have a rest
    7 he runs very fast but he can’t keep on do it
    8 he works hard but it isn’t enought
    9 if you speak like this, you will seem as if you didn’t like women
    10 the system is faithfull
    11 these mistakes come because of the lack of custom
    12
    13 in this flat, pets are forbidden.
    14 most of schools charge in advance
    15 if you bring too much things, sit down please
    16

  • José María dice:

    Van mis sugerencias. He intentado ser honesto y recurrir a lenguaje simple que podría usar espontáneamente sin necesidad de buscar…

    1. All people in my family live a long time.

    2.The movie is absolutely different from the book.

    3. I asked my company to enjoy an unpaid leave for 3 months.

    4. We have the same job, but we really do different things.

    5. How much money do you have to pay every month?

    6. I can’t help sleeping a little bit every day in the afternoon.

    7. He runs very fast but he can’t do it for a long time.

    8. He works really hard, but with few results.

    9. Saying those things people will realize that you don’t like women.

    10. Several facts show that you can trust the system.

    11. These mistakes happen because we are not used to do this.

    12. We can’t do that because of several reasons I can’t tell you now.

    13. Pets are not allowed in these houses.

    14. You have to pay in advance most of driving schools.

    15. If you have a lot of luggage, move the seats of your car. (en este caso la traducción es un poco cutre, pero no tengo ni idea de cómo se dice “abatir”).

    16. We must make people aware of the consequences of a prolonged lack of rain.

  • Catalina Ruth dice:

    1. All the members of my family have a long life
    2. The film is completely different from the book
    3. She has asked for a 3 month’s leave
    4. We have the same job, but we have to do different things
    5. How much do we have to pay per month?
    6. I need to have a short sleep after lunch everyday
    7. He’s a fast runner, but he gets tired too quickly
    8. She’s a hard worker, but she doesn’t do very well
    9. If you speak like that, everybody will think you hate women
    10. There’s evidence that the system works well
    11. You make mistakes because you aren’t used to doing this
    12. We can’t tell you why now, but there are many reasons why we can’t do that / it is impossible for us to do that
    13. You can’t have pets in this building
    14. In most driving schools you have to pay in advance / before starting the lessons
    15. If the luggage is too large, put the seat down
    16. We must make people aware of the problems that the lack of rain can bring

  • mariano dice:

    1.- All the menbers in my family ara long-lived.
    2.- The film doesn´t look like the book at all.
    3.- he has asked for a license of three months in his job.
    4.-We have the same job, but our work is not the same.
    5.- How much is the monthly payment?.
    6.- I can´t do without my afternoom short sleep.
    7.- He runs very fast, but he has not got enough toughness.
    8.- He works a lot, but he doesn´t produce very much.
    9.- If you speaks this way you´ll reveal yourself as a man who doesn´t like women.
    10.-There are several proofs of the trustworthiness of the sistem.
    11.-These errors are the consequence of the lack of habit.
    12.- For a series of facts we can´t reveal at this moment, that is no avilable for us.
    13.- Mascots are forbidden in this housing.
    14.- Most driving schools charge in advance.
    15.- If your luggage is very big dismantle the seats.
    16.- We have to make people understand clearly the consequences of a very long dry season.

  • SpanishDave dice:

    1. Everyone in my family lives a lot.

    2. That film is totally different from the book.

    3. He has requested a 3 month leave.

    4. We have the same job, but different roles.

    5. How much do I have to pay every month?

    6. I need to sleep my siesta every day.

    7. He can run very fast, but gets tired soon.

    8. He works a lot but with no many results.

    9. If you talk like this, you’ll be thought to hate women.

    10. There are some tests in place to know if you can trust on the system.

    11. These mistakes are made because you’re not used to do it.

    12. For some reasons we can’t tell now, this is not an option for us.

    13. Pets are not allowed in these dwellings.

    14. Most driving schools charge in advance.

    15. If you have a voluminous luggage, fold the seats (down). (Me ha surgido la duda de si se puede sustituir en este caso “if” por “when”)

    16. We have to raise awareness about the consequences of not raining for a long time.

  • SpanishDave dice:

    Me corrijo, creo que queda mejor:

    7. He can run very fast, but gets tired quickly. (en vez de soon)

  • Patricia dice:

    1. All kindreds are very long-lived.

    2. The film has nothing to do with the book.

    3.He has asked for a 3 months leave.

    4. We have the same job but our duties are not the same.

    5. How much should I pay per month?

    6. I cant do without my daily snooze.

    7. He runs too fast but he has no hardiness.

    8. He works a lot but he doesn’t bear too much.

    9. If you talk like this, you will accuse yourself like someone who hates women.

    10. There are several evidences about the trustiness of the system.

    11. These errors happen because people are not used to.

    12. Due to several reasons we can’t explain at this moment, this is not possible for us.

    13. Pets are not allowed in this building.

    14. Most of the driving schools will ask you to pay at the beginning.

    15. If your luggage takes too much place take down the seats

    16. We have to make people aware about the consequences of a too long dryness

  • ester dice:

    1- All the members of my family are very older.
    2- The film is very different to the book.
    3- She has asked 3 months out of work.
    4- We do the same job but we do different things in it.
    5- How much is it per month?
    6- I need to sleep some minutes every day after lunch.
    7- He runs quickly but he finish very tired.
    8- He works a lot but he gets bad results.
    9- If you speak so, you look like a man who don´t like women.
    10- There are some proufs that the system works ok.
    11-These wrongs comes because of few costumes.
    12- We can´t accept it, the reasons are variated but we can´t say them now.
    13- Pets are ban in these houses.
    14- Most of driving-car schools (¿?) ask you to pay at the begining, not at the end.
    15- If you have a very big luggage, you can lean your seat.
    16- People have to be conciencious about the problem and the results of a long time without water in our fields.

  • Atra_Mors dice:

    1. My family is very elderly
    2. The movie doesn’t look like the book at all
    3. You’ve request for a three-month-exceed
    4. We have the same job, but our duties aren’t
    5. How much do you pay per month?
    6. I cannot quit my every-day rest
    7. He runs very quickly, but he’s no resistance
    8. He works hard, but he’s inefficent
    9. If you keep talking like this, you’ll look like a woman-hater
    10. There’re several evidences of the trustworthy system
    11. These mystakes come up due to a lack of practice
    12. By a series of reasons that we cannot say at the moment, that isn’t convenient for us
    13. Pets are forbidden in this dwellings
    14. Most schoolcars charge for advance
    15. If you luggage take up a lot of space then fold the seats
    16. We need to make people know the consequences of a long dry weather

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