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Old July 11, 2016, 11:14 AM
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"The little thing that hangs in the back of the throat"

How would you say "the little thing that hangs in the back of the throat, I woke up this morning and it was swollen."

Let me take a stab at it:

"La cosita que esta colgada en la garganta, amanecí hoy y estaba inflamada.":
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Old July 11, 2016, 11:23 AM
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A doctor will know the word "úvula", but in daily speech, most people say "campanilla" (at least in Mexico).

By the way, the tonsils are "amígdalas" or "anginas".


As for the rest of your translation, you need to make a direct connection between the verb "amanecer" and the fact that it was swollen. Some proposals for making your idea more easily understood:

- ...me amaneció inflamada.
- ...desperté y vi que la tenía inflamada.
- ...la tenía inflamada cuando desperté.

Or "Amanecí con la campanilla inflamada". =)


By the way, "la cosita que está colgada" (or "la cosita que cuelga en la garganta") is a perfect alternative for when you don't know the word for "the little thing".
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great translations, thanks Angelica
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Yes, campanilla colloquially here too, and úvula in a more scientific fashion.
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In English, it's uvula.
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In Spain we also use "campanilla"...
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In America, nobody knows what's it's called even in English.
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I know lots of people in America who know what it is called.
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