Posted by: janecronin | August 12, 2012

Spanish English translation – My fathers


This may have been said to you some time by a Spanish person – “I’m going to visit my fathers next weekend”  “My fathers live in Madrid”.  You could be forgiven for thinking this is some reflection of their mother’s marital history, but in fact this is not the case, it is another example of mistranslation, as to say “parents” in Spanish we use the plural of “father” that is “padres”.  There’s a false friend around here somewhere as well, and it is this – the word “pariente”.  This means relation or relative, so “mis parientes viven en Madrid” means that the whole family’s there, aunts, uncles, cousins, the lot, not just Mum and Dad.

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