Is there a similar expression to "Wow" in Spanish?
I am trying to translate a document and am hoping to place this into it. Any help is appreciated.
Edit: "Wow! Another exciting week at camp!"
It's for a newsletter for a summer literacy program for elementary school students. Many of the parents only speak Spanish so it has to be translated.
How about ¡Vaya!
guau = wow
In grammar, an interjection or exclamation is a lexical category used as a way to refer to some mentioned or understood noun without a grammatical connection.
There is a direct translation here in Mexico.
If you type wow into the translator it won't come up with híjole, but if you type híjole into the translator, it comes up with "wow".
From personal experience, I think it is a 1:1 translation.
I agree with PanzaChelera.
I have heard people who don´t speak English say "wow!" while speaking Spanish, and to my ear this sounds really strange. Imagine an English speaker who doesn´t speak Spanish saying "¡híjole!" or "¡puta madre!" while speaking English. It´s just as weird.
I think a more standard translation would be "maravilloso!!!" (wonderful!) as there is not a wow equivalence that suits spanish in every spanish speaking countries. By the way, translating "great" into "genial" is a weird mistake, pity it has became so common. Genial in spanish is "the referent to a Genius", I mean "the referent to a High IQ person"
It would be correct. for example
"The student solved 100 out 100 questions in the test --Great"
El alumno resolvio 100 de 100 preguntas en el examen. --Genial
Perhaps he's looking for a more standard transalation.
If you pick "hijole" then it'll work for Mexicans,
then if insterad you pick "Genial", "Qué maravilla" o "Qué emocion!" ... - another exciting week at camp. I'm not sure what you chose for exciting but usually translators go with "emocionante" , so I gave you an alternative for "que maravilla".
Hope it helped.
I agree with híjole! ... I hear vaya as in interjection in shows but rarely in real life.
I wonder if it might be OK to use ¡Esto es genial! or ¡Qué genial! or maybe just ¡Genial!
"Wow! Another exciting week at camp!" It's for a newsletter for a summer literacy program for elementary school students. Many of the parents only speak Spanish so it has to be translated.
I think Marianne was awfully brave to volunteer an answer without any context! I tried to think how many ways there are to say wow in English and how many different meanings could be attached!
Wow, this is a stupid answer, Wow, that's a great question, Wow! What a Babe!
Caray! My spanish I & 2 college textbook show this word as Wow! It can also mean Rats! or Darn!
uau=wow, and, it is pronounced the same way.
If you put the word 'wow' into the search engine above you will get quite a lot!