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Old June 16, 2008, 01:35 PM
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Me suena

  • Me suena.
  • It rings my a bell. (Corrected thanks to Gemma).
Any other way to say the same thing in English?


I thought there was an idiom with sound, but every time I say your face sounds to me, I get the wrong answer.
  • Me suena tu cara.
How can I say this in English?

Thanks a lot for your help!
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Old June 16, 2008, 01:39 PM
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The correct expression is it rings a bell.
To translate me suena tu cara, you would say:Your face sounds familiar.
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Old June 16, 2008, 01:41 PM
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Thanks a lot, Gemma!
So, your face sounds familiar, but, don't you have to put the complement to me, to you, to someone?
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Old June 16, 2008, 01:42 PM
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No, just like that. The object is understood from the context.
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Old June 16, 2008, 01:50 PM
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Thanks a lot, Gemma!
So, your face sounds familiar, but, don't you have to put the complement to me, to you, to someone?
It's better to say. "your face looks familiar"
In English we can say, "That sounds good to me" when referring to an idea or a proposal. Example: Do you want to go to the movies tonight?
That sounds good to me me. (this means yes)
Gemma and Alfonso, "you face sounds familiar" is really wrong.

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Old June 16, 2008, 02:32 PM
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I made this researching. I've done this research: (correction thanks to Poli)
  • 859,000 de "looks familiar". (0.46 segundos)
  • 1,760,000 de "sounds familiar". (0.40 segundos)
So both might be correct.
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Old June 16, 2008, 02:54 PM
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I've done this research :
  • 859,000 de "looks familiar". (0.46 segundos)
  • 1,760,000 de "sounds familiar". (0.40 segundos)
So both might be correct.
Both are correct, but their meanings are different.
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Old June 16, 2008, 02:58 PM
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Both are correct, but their meanings are different.
So, I guess, something looks familiar when you can see it. And something sounds familiar when you can hear it. Great!
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So, I guess, something looks familiar when you can see it. And something sounds familiar when you can hear it. Great!
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Old June 16, 2008, 03:22 PM
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If you try to teach a language you should never take anything for granted anything. Sometimes, I find myself teaching very simple things to very intelligent people. When you don't speak the language, you're like a child (remember that friend of you, although I don't believe he was tonto). They just don't share my linguistic world. It's really rewarding when you realise you not only convey a list of vocabulary, a new grammar and a number of new sounds, but also a new point of view over the universe. Is this exaggerating? No, it is not.
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