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Old March 18, 2010, 11:27 AM
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@Bob: Right. Sorry, I should have written "nouns" instead.


@Jane:
In Mexico, "¡Qué pena!" can be used as both "¡Qué lástima!" and "¡Qué vergüenza!" can mean "What a shame/pity" and "that's shameful/embarrassing".

- ¡Qué pena! (¡Qué lástima!) Las manzanas se pudrieron. -> What a pity. The apples rotted.
- ¡Qué pena! (¡Qué vergüenza!) Todos vieron cuando me caí. -> I'm embarrased. Everyone saw when I fell.
- ¡Qué pena! (¡Qué vergüenza!) El secretario anunció el aumento en los impuestos y tuvimos que aplaudirle. -> It's so shameful, the Secretary announced the rise in taxes and we had to applaud.


@Hernán: ¿Por qué problema? El contexto siempre es claro.
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Old March 18, 2010, 12:09 PM
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@Bob: Right. Sorry, I should have written "nouns" instead.


@Jane:
In Mexico, "¡Qué pena!" can be used as both "¡Qué lástima!" and "¡Qué vergüenza!" can mean "What a shame/pity" and "that's shameful/embarrassing".

- ¡Qué pena! (¡Qué lástima!) Las manzanas se pudrieron. -> What a pity. The apples rotted.
- ¡Qué pena! (¡Qué vergüenza!) Todos vieron cuando me caí. -> I'm embarrased. Everyone saw when I fell.
- ¡Qué pena! (¡Qué vergüenza!) El secretario anunció el aumento en los impuestos y tuvimos que aplaudirle. -> It's so shameful, the Secretary announced the rise in taxes and we had to applaud.


@Hernán: ¿Por qué problema? El contexto siempre es claro.
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