What does "Ya que" mean?
Many years ago, when I was in high school, I was playing softball in a PE class. I was very unathletic, and I used to play outfield and hope hard that no one hit the ball that far. One day when I headed for the outfield, an Hispanic girl headed there too, and we got into an argument about which of us was playing the position. She looked at me and said emphatically "Ya que!" (or possibly "ya qué"). At that point I had taken three years of Spanish and thought I knew what those words meant, but the phrase made no sense when I translated it literally. Already that? Already what? I said to her "¿Qué significa 'ya que'?" but she walked away without answering. I've wondered ever since.
Hi Karen. Welcome to the forum
I think she meant to say "Enough of that!"
Ya = enough already (like when you are yelling at a child and say "enough!")
Here's the dictionary entry.
I would have taken it to be "as if !" meaning "in your dreams" or "You only wish that were true." (as if what you are saying is reality or true)
I was trying to give a more literal translation. However, "bastante" as Marianne said was the first thing that came to my mind.
Hello, my friend. I read what you wrote and that doesn't have a literal meaning in english. She wanted to say "Uh! whatever. you pissed me off, now get away with it"
This slang "¡Ya que!" is not very nice though. Whenever someone uses it, it is because that person got pissed off and now screws everything. That is why she didn't reply to your question and walked away.
A better translation in english would be "Ok, you win. now I'm going to do what you want (Like to please you; but actually, she doesn't like the idea completely or at all)"
The first translation is when the person is of an angry mood. The second translation is when the person is of a boring mood.
I'm hispanic, by the way. I hope i have helped.
If you have some doubt about spanish, you can e-mail me at: iCarlosLeon@aol.com It'd be great to help each other. I sometimes get really confused with english too.
My translation for "¿Ya que?" is "Since when?"; -- this is un-offical and just my own translation.
It can also mean "now that".
OK people, this is what "Ya qué" means. In Spanish, when people say that, they refer to... no other options available... For example, let's say I want to have chicken for dinner and my husband says there's no chicken in the fridge but there is fish... then i go like: whatever, if there's no other option, we'll go with the fish... but I just say: "Ya qué" I hope this was helpful!