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Old March 15, 2012, 04:30 PM
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Exclamation Afán de superación

I saw this evening The black Swan and it´s amazing how the leading actress tryes to superarse herself. The afán de superación is incredible.
How do I say in English Afán de superación and superarse a s* misma?
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Old March 16, 2012, 04:40 AM
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I saw this evening The black Swan and it´s amazing how the leading actress tryes to superarse herself. The afán de superación is incredible.
How do I say in English Afán de superación and superarse a s* misma?
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afán masculino A 1 (anhelo) eagerness; su afán de aventuras his thirst for adventure; su afán de superación her eagerness to better herself; afán de + inf: su afán de agradar their eagerness o anxiousness o keenness to please; tiene afán de aprender she's keen to learn; afán por + inf: su afán por alcanzar la fama his desire to become famous; ver tblucro
But I don't think that this applies here, because it suggests there is room for improvement. Perhaps

her eagerness to outdo herself.
her eagerness to surpass herself
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Her eagerness to overcome herself?
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I would like to see what native speakers say, but I've seen "overcome" only used when talking about something or someone that is not me.

"...to excel herself" maybe?
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Old January 18, 2014, 01:21 AM
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I saw it in a pro translation. But it sounds bizarre to me.
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It's not correct. Use what Perikles suggested.
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I'm with Rusty: we don't use either "excel" or "overcome" reflexively. Perikles suggestions are perfect.
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Thank you!
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