"It sounds nice"

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In English, when someone describes a beautiful place or a wonderful experience, we say, "It sounds nice." (Sometimes with underlying tones of wistfulness ... Unspoken---| "What a great place/experience it must have been! Wish I could have been there to see it!")

How do you express the same sentiment in Spanish'

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updated JUL 31, 2009
posted by keybordrfm

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Gracias a todos por sus sugerencias.

I felt sure the answer wouldn't involve "sonar". (grin)

Heidi, I think using "esto parece" ("it seems" or "that seems") is a good choice. I assume one could use the expression with a number of adjectives (adverbs') such as

¡Esto parece maravilloso!
¡Esto parece muy bonito! and so forth.

Does it also work for "terible" or "atroz"?

I also like the "Qué" formulation. Thanks a bunch!

updated JUL 31, 2009
posted by keybordrfm
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In English, when someone describes a beautiful place or a wonderful experience, we say, "It sounds nice." (Sometimes with underlying tones of wistfulness ... Unspoken---| "What a great place/experience it must have been! Wish I could have been there to see it!")

How do you express the same sentiment in Spanish'It seems to me that Mrs. keybordr did a pretty good job of explaining her expression in question with context and underlying tones and emotion.

It also appears by the answers of three well-respected, educated, and well-spoken native Spanish speakers that there is no one expression that conveys the same sentiment in as many contexts and circumstances as the English one given. There is an endless number of suggestions that could express similar sentiments in various situations.

I have found that the best way to learn what to say in a given situation or to react to certain news or information is to observe how native speakers do the same. It is typically not a translation of a typical English reaction. I think the suggestions given by Heidita and Pablo are among the most common that would convey similar sentiments.

updated JUL 31, 2009
posted by hhmdirocco
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In English, when someone describes a beautiful place or a wonderful experience, we say, "It sounds nice." (Sometimes with underlying tones of wistfulness ... Unspoken---| "What a great place/experience it must have been! Wish I could have been there to see it!")

How do you express the same sentiment in Spanish?

It depends on the specific situation/experience and personal taste. Perhaps you might use "¡Qué lugar tan bello/hermoso/maravilloso/encantador/impresionante/chévere!", etc. and for a experience, I could say: "!Qué experiencia tan maravillosa/fantástica/estupenda/extraordinaria/fascinante/placentera!"

updated JUL 31, 2009
posted by Pablo_
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"Nice" is an all-purpose word with too many meanings, because it can means friendly, kind, polite, attractive, beautiful, enjoyable, good quality, very well, pleasurable,... If you provide a word with a more specific meaning, we'll be able to give you in the future a more precise translation for this kind of words.

"Nice" used to mean "fastidious", and before that, "stupid", but that's another story.

updated JUL 30, 2009
posted by lazarus1907
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Hola key:

unas pocas sugerencias:

¡Esto parece fantástico!
¡Parece un lugar agradable!

updated JUL 30, 2009
posted by 00494d19