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Old December 27, 2009, 07:46 AM
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Bombilla (Es), foco (Méx), Ampolleta (Chile)

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bombilla (Es), foco (Méx), Ampolleta (Chile) — light bulb, bulb, lamp. Look up bombilla (Es), foco (Méx), ampolleta (Chile) in the dictionary.

La bombilla se ha fundido. (Es) / El foco se fundió. (Méx)
The bulb has gone. (BrE) / The bulb has burnt out. (AmE)

Cuando terminó de hablar, se me prendió el foco.
When she finished speaking, it all became clear to me.

Mi esposo es tan perezoso, que no cambia ni una bombilla/un foco en la casa.
My husband is so lazy he won't even change a light bulb at home.
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Old December 27, 2009, 07:55 AM
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Has anyone ever heard the word "ampolleta" used for "shot"..... for example.....

- I received a shot at the doctor's office today.
- Recibí una ampolleta en la oficina del doctor hoy.

I've heard it used by a few patients here at the hospital. It was difficult to understand at first but then I put two and two together and realized that what they were talking about was literally......receiving the medicine from an ampoules (aka: ampules) and maybe this is what they were referring to.

Obviously this has nothing to do with Lightbulb but it does with ampolleta.

Sorry if I went off on a tangent!
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Old December 27, 2009, 09:06 AM
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Has anyone ever heard the word "ampolleta" used for "shot"..... for example.....

- I received a shot at the doctor's office today.
- Recibí una ampolleta en la oficina del doctor hoy.

I've heard it used by a few patients here at the hospital. It was difficult to understand at first but then I put two and two together and realized that what they were talking about was literally......receiving the medicine from an ampoules (aka: ampules) and maybe this is what they were referring to.

Obviously this has nothing to do with Lightbulb but it does with ampolleta.

Sorry if I went off on a tangent!
Do not apologize, as you have a concern with the word....

The word for ampoule = ampolla or ámpula.

Now ampolla also means blister.
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foco is used in Peru.

Dicen el foco en Peru.
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Old December 27, 2009, 10:26 AM
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Here we say "ampollas" (inyectables o bebibles). Y, normalmente, "te ponen una inyección" o, también, "te pinchan".
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Here we say "ampollas" (inyectables o bebibles). Y, normalmente, "te ponen una inyección" o, también, "te pinchan".
"Ampolla" refers only to the container, right? I've heard of "ampolla" to mean a blister.

Ampolleta I've heard as the injection/shot itself....

I hope I don't travel somewhere and get a shot of something when I mean I have a blister......could be disastrous...
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The container with the liquid inside (ampolla or vial, too). We call "blíster" to those plastic sheet where you can take the pills from.
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Mejor aqui le paramos.

Vez como es necesario no solo aprender la traducción correcta y la palabra correcta sino también aprender los usos regionales de ciertas palabras.

It's exhausting!~

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Pues tienes razón.
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http://buscon.rae.es/draeI/SrvltCons...3&LEMA=ampolla

http://buscon.rae.es/draeI/SrvltCons...MA=%C3%A1mpula

http://buscon.rae.es/draeI/SrvltCons...LEMA=ampolleta

Al parecer en Mexico se usan las dos maneras para ámpula.
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