Idiomatic Expressions


1. What's wrong?

 

What's wrong with John? He looks sad (¿Qué pasa con John? Parece triste).

 

What's wrong with the car? It won't go (¿Qué pasa con el coche? No anda)

 

 

2. Let me have

 

Let me have two euros to buy a magazine (Déjame dos euros para comprar una revista).

 

 

3. That's the trouble

 

I want to buy a t-shirt but I haven't got any money. That's the trouble (Quiero comprar una camiseta pero no tengo dinero. Ese es el problema).

 

 

4. Wait a minute

 

Wait a moment please. My sister is just coming. (Espera un momento por favor. Mi hermana ya viene).

 

 

5. Be ready 

 

You don't have to wait. I am ready to go. (No tienes que esperar. Estoy lista para irnos)

 

 

 

6. How long?

 

How long are you going to be in Rome? Only for two weeks (¿Cuánto tiempos te vas a quedar en Roma? Solo dos semanas)

 

 

7. A bit early

 

Your friends haven't come yet. It is a bit early. (Tus amigos no han llegado todavía. Es un poco temprano)

 

 

8. At once

 

I'll do it for you at once. (Te lo haré al momento).

 

 

9. To be late

 

If you don't walk a little bit faster you are going to be late (Si no andas un poco más deprisa vas a a llegar tarde).

 

 

10. Come on

 

Come on. It is late! (Vamos. ¡Es tarde!

 


11. To be long

 

Are you going to be long? (¿Vas a tardar mucho?

 

 

12. Be born

 

I was born in 1982 (Nací en 1982)

 

 

13. It is (very) cold 

 

It is snowing and it is very cold (Está nevando y hace mucho fío)

 

 

14. It is fine

 

The sun is shining. It is fine (Hace sol. Hace bueno)

 

 

15. Where on earth?

 

Where on earth  have you put it? (¿Dónde diablos lo has puesto?

 

 

16. Be careful

 

You must always be careful when you cross the road (Siempre debes tener cuidado cuando cruzas la carretera).

 

 

17. Do well

 

His business is doing really well (Le va muy bien en sus negocios).

 

 

18. Each other

 

They looked at each other and smiled (Se miraron el uno al  otro y sonrieron).

 

 

19. Good marks

 

He got very good marks in his examinations (El sacó muy buenas notas en sus exámenes)

 

 

20. At all

 

Please, play the piano. It doesn't annoy me at all.

 

 

21. What a day

 

 

First it rained, then snowed and now is foggy. What a day! (Primero llovió, luego nevó y ahora hay niebla.¡Vaya día!

 

 

22. All over the world

 

BBC is heard all over the world (La BBC se oye en todo el mundo).


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