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Exclamations in English [and Spanish]

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Exclamations in English [and Spanish]

Postby saffron » Sat Feb 25, 2017 2:58 pm

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This looked interesting, so I thought I would post it!

Some comments -

Hooray! I don't think this is very common. Eg School will close early today - 'Hooray!' I think they are more likely to say 'Great!' Hooray is still used when someone leads praise for someone - a birthday, choir congratulating conductor, bride and groom at wedding. The speaker calls for 3 cheers then says Hip, hip and crowd say hooray and he repeats it twice more. We also in the UK refer to to rich young men behaving badly as 'Hooray Henrys'
Another word that seems to go with it is 'Yippee' but this is more children in joy [though it is a bit old fashioned] or adults using it ironically. Eg. Colleague to another X is away I've decided you can teach class 2. Response in a dispirited voice 'Yippee'

Phew - infographic has a mistake. It should be 'What a relief' or 'That's a relief' In addition it should be I have finished my homework Also used when downing a cold beer on a hot day!


Instead of 'Eww' you can also use Ugh! [pronounced ugg] or Yuck!


Which ones have they missed? Which ones are used in Spain or Mexico?
corrections welcomed to my Spanish or English

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Re: Exclamations in English [and Spanish]

Postby qfreed » Sat Feb 25, 2017 10:16 pm

Here is one that I read recently in a book and it confused me. After seeing it in several other books, I realized the meaning.

Aja (Spanish)...I had see it used before as Aha! (surprise!), but that didn't fit the context so I was confused. It seems that it means Aha!, but also...uh-huh (agreement/yes) which is the context that it was being used in.
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