Dear In Spanish Slang Essay

1. (beloved) 
John is a very dear friend of ours.John es un amigo nuestro muy querido.
2. (written salutation) 
Dear Tom, How are the children?Querido Tom: ¿Cómo están tus hijos?
Dear Mrs. Robinson, Your order will arrive within a week.Estimada Sra. Robinson: Su pedido llegará dentro de una semana.
Dear Dr. García, Enclosed you will find the information you requested regarding the ultrasound probe. Distinguido Dr. García: Adjunto encontrará la información solicitada sobre la sonda de ultrasonido.
3. (adorable) 
b. majo (Spain) 
Alicia's a dear little girl.Alicia una niñita adorable.
Mercedes's son is a dear little thing.El hijo de Mercedes es un chico muy majo.
4. (precious) 
Our first dollar is very dear to us. That's why we have it framed and up on the wall.Nuestro primer dólar es muy preciado para nosotros. Por eso lo tenemos enmarcado y colocado en la pared.
5. (expensive) (United Kingdom) 
The wedding turned out to be very dear. It cost over 100,000 pounds!La boda resultó muy cara. ¡Costó más de 100,000 libras!
6. (used to express surprise or distress) 
Dear God! How are we going to sort it out? ¡Vaya por Dios! ¿Cómo vamos a solucionarlo?
Dear! That looks like a nasty cut.¡Ay! Qué fea se ve esa cortada.
7. (term of endearment) 
Are you ready yet, dear?¿Ya estás lista, cariño?
Come on, dear. Be good and eat your peas.A ver, cielo. Sé bueno y cómete los guisantes.
8. (sweetheart) 
She's a real dear and always helps me with my shopping.Es un verdadero encanto y siempre me ayuda con la compra.
Be a dear and change the baby's diaper.Sé bueno y cambia el pañal del bebé.
9. (at a high price) (United Kingdom) 
They sell fruit really dear at that stall.La fruta se vende muy cara en ese puesto.
1. (loved) 
to hold something/somebody dearapreciar mucho algo/a alguien
a dear friendun amigo muy querido
my dearest wish is that…mi mayor deseo es que…
a place dear to the hearts of…un lugar muy querido para…
2. (colloquial) 
a. no direct translation 
to run for dear lifecorrer desesperadamente
3. (in letter) 
a. no direct translation 
Dear Sir or Madam, Dear Sir/MadamMuy Sres. míos
Dear Mr ThomasEstimado Sr. Thomas
Dear AndrewQuerido Andrew
My dearest GertrudeQueridísima Gertrude
4. (expensive) 
5. (exclamation) 
a. no direct translation 
6. (general) 
a. no direct translation 
my dearcariño mío, mi amor
be a dear and…sé bueno y…
7. (colloquial) 
a. no direct translation 
8. (to buy, sell) 
9. (fig) 
a. no direct translation 
it cost me dearme costó muy caro
she's a very dear friend of minees una amiga mía muy querida;my dearest friendmi amigo más querido;mi amigo del alma
at last I'm back in my dear little houseI loved my dear old grandad
he's a dear boy, but rather impetuouses un chico muy majo, pero un poco impulsivo;what a dear little boy!¡este niño es un encanto!;what a dear little necklace that is!¡qué bonita que es esa gargantilla!
to hold sth dearapreciar algo
the values and beliefs which our society holds dearlos valores y las creencias que nuestra sociedad aprecia;I had to leave everything I held most deartuve que dejar atrás todas las cosas que más quería
Eames lost all that he held dear with the deaths of his friendsLabour has dumped just about all it held dear a decade agoOur public services, education, the things we hold dear, are all disintegrating
his family life was very dear to himsu familia era muy importante para él
your country is very dear to metengo su país en mucha estima;it is a subject dear to her heartes uno de sus temas preferidos
to be dear to sb's heartthis subject is very dear to the hearts of academicsfor dear [life]she clung on to the boat for dear lifeshe was crying and hanging on to him for dear life
4(in letter writing)
Dear DaddyQuerido papá;Dear PeterEstimado Peter;(to closer friend)Querido Peter;Dear Mr/Mrs SmithEstimado Sr./Estimada Sra. Smith;(more formally)Distinguido Sr./Distinguida Sra. Smith;Dear Mr and Mrs SmithEstimados señores (de) Smith
Dear MadamEstimada Señora;Muy señora mía;De mi/nuestra consideración; especially(LAm)
Dear Sir(s)Estimado(s) Señor(es);Muy señor(es) mío(s);De mi/nuestra consideración; especially(LAm)
Dear Sir or MadamEstimado Señor(a)
5(form of address)querido
my dear fellow, I won't hear of itamigo mío or mi querido amigo, ni se le ocurra;my dear girl, nothing could be further from the truthquerida, estás muy equivocada
of course, my dear fellow, of coursetake as long as you like, dear boymy dear girl, how could you be so silly!Eddie, dear boy, could you pass me that book?
6(expensive)[+product, shop, price]caro
they're too deartheir policies will result in dearer mortgagesorganic vegetables are up to three times dearerthings are getting dearer all the timedearer mortgages would cripple the housing market
dear money(Economics)dinero (m) caro
oh dear!, dear me!, dear, dear!
dear, dear, have you hurt your knee?¡ay, mi niño! ¿te has hecho daño en la rodilla?
dear me, it's nearly one o'clock!¡madre mía, es casi la una!
oh dear, we're going to be latevaya hombre or vaya por Dios, vamos a llegar tarde
dear, oh dear, look at the mess you're in!ay, Dios mío or qué horror, ¡mira qué desastre vienes hecho!
(as form of address)cariño (m)
come along, dearven, cariño
don't do that please, dearit's on the table, dearesp to childrento adult, childthat'll be 40 pence please, dear
would you be a dear and pass me my book?anda, sé bueno y pásame el libro
be a dear and pass me the saltbe a dear and phone him
(you) poor dear!¡pobrecito!
he's such a deares un cielo;es un encanto
[+sell, buy, pay]caro
it cost me dearme costó caro
such complacency is costing the company dear
Here are the most popular phrases with "dear." Click the phrases to see the full entry.
dear diaryquerido diario
dear Mariaquerida Maria
dear parentsqueridos padres
dear familyquerida familia
hello, dearhola, cariño
Dear friend,Querido amigo:
How are you doing, dear?¿Cómo estás, cariño?
dear grandmaquerida abuela
dear friendel querido amigo
oh, dearvaya, vaya
Dear Sir or Madam,De mi consideración:
Hi, dearHola, cariño
dear Johnestimado John
dear mom and dadqueridos papá y mamá
dear momquerida mamá
dear Santaquerido Papá Noel
my dear friendmi querido amigo
How are you, dear?¿Cómo estás, querido?
dear teacherquerido profesor
my dearquerido
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      Dear Mexican: Stop using Spanish in your column.  I like reading your column, but when every other word is in Spanish, I don't know what the hell is going on. It makes you sound like that nerdy kid who uses big words to try and sound impressive. Don't be lazy, and just write a good column.

      Lazy Gabacho

      Dear Gabacho: Primeramente, I AM that nerdy kid--except when I use grande words, I sound like a nerd and not impressive. Secondly, don't be flojo. Since I know most gabachos no hablan, I use Spanish sparingly, judiciously, so that even the most pendejo American can understand it. Since you're a fan of the columna, you're not tan dumb--but wake up and smell the tacos, cabrón, and learn español from mi column. Bilingualism is a wonderful thing, and studies are continually showing it leads to bigger brains and healthier sex lives. After all, better you learn from yo than the coming imposition of mandatory dual-immersion programs that the Reconquista will institute ala what's already slowly happening in California under threat of eating your heart--oops, did I just say that out loud?

      What's up with substituting "k" for "qu"? Is this like the confusion of "v" and "b," or is this some youth fad, or laziness? I've started reading some Mexican crime blogs and noticed this practice in the comments sections.

      Ke Paza

      Dear Gabacho: Natural evolution of language, is all--but don't take it from me. I turn the columna over to Kirsten Silva Gruesz, professor of literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a chingona who's working on a book about the history of Spanish in the United States with the awesome tentative title, Bad Lengua. "K linda la pregunta!" the profe responds. "Your reader is right that standard Spanish doesn't use 'k' except in foreign words. But substituting 'k' for the proper 'qu' was a way to flaunt authority long before the rise of cell phones: young Basques would spell Castilian words with a 'k' in homage to their own language, Euskara, which has plenty of k's and which the Spanish government used to suppress. Some of that counter-cultural feeling (think of those anarchist signs denouncing 'Amerika') has carried over to virtual youth hangouts like Internet message boards. But Spanish texters all over the world have also taken to the 'k.' Y? bkz its ezr. (By the way, you can blame the Romans for this whole mess: they used 'k,' 'q' and 'c' to represent the same sound, depending on where it landed in a word. The Castilians tried to clean up their spelling during the Renaissance and make it more consistent with pronunciation, which is more than you can say for the English!)"

      Gracias, profe! Parents: send your Mexi kids to UC Santa Cruz--some great academic desmadre being raised in them thar hills.

      PREORDER TACO USA! Gentle cabrones: My much-promised Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, will finally hit bookstores April 10, but that doesn't mean you can't already order it (yes, grammar snobs: I just used a double-negative, but Mexican Spanish loves double-negatives the way we do cute second cousins). Place your order with your favorite local bookstore, your finer online retailers, your craftier piratas, but place it: mylibro editor has already promised to deport me from the publishing industry if we don't sell enough copies! And stay tuned for book signing info!

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