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Old October 25, 2009, 01:27 PM
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I guess it must be an idiom. Someone or something is "a pain in the neck" if they are bothersome. Doing my taxes is a pain. Or, that student in my colleague's 3rd period class is a pain in the neck.
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Old October 25, 2009, 01:31 PM
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Ah!, then, I'd say: "esto es peor que un dolor de muelas". A toothache is much worse than a pain in the neck
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Old October 25, 2009, 01:33 PM
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I like that!
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Well, if you don't have a toothache, of course
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I think "gafas" is "glasses"

Maybe eyeglass is "ojo de cristal"
No, ojo de cristal es "glass eye". "Eyeglass" es telescopio.
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@Lou Ann: Right. A figurative of "dolor de cabeza" can also be something/someone that bothers you.

Mi hijo es un dolor de cabeza. Siempre se mete en problemas.
My son is a pain. He's always getting in trouble.

Pues yo soy el dolor de cabeza de mis padres. Nunca me porto bien.
Well, I'm my parents' pain in the neck. I never beave well.

El álgebra es mi dolor de cabeza. Nunca saco buenas notas.
Algebra is my weakness. I never get good marks there.

Mi suegra dejó de ser un dolor de cabeza el día que falleció.
My mother-in-law stopped being a pain in the neck the day she died.
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@Lou Ann: Right. A figurative of "dolor de cabeza" can also be something/someone that bothers you.

Mi hijo es un dolor de cabeza. Siempre se mete en problemas.
My son is a pain. He's always getting in trouble.

Pues yo soy el dolor de cabeza de mis padres. Nunca me porto bien.
Well, I'm my parents' pain in the neck. I never beave well.

El álgebra es mi dolor de cabeza. Nunca saco buenas notas.
Algebra is my weakness. I never get good marks there.
Yeah, um ... whatever..........

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Mi suegra dejó de ser un dolor de cabeza el día que falleció.
My mother-in-law stopped being a pain in the neck the day she died.
This last example is more like something that Hernan would say.......

Thanks for these great examples, Malila.
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Old October 26, 2009, 02:29 PM
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In such cases I'd say: es un quebradero de cabeza (el álgebra me resulta un quebradero de cabeza )
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In such cases I'd say: es un quebradero de cabeza (el álgebra me resulta un quebradero de cabeza )
In English, we call this a splitting headache
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I think I learned headache as something else. not sure
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