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How do you ask a friend why they did not return your call'

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updated SEP 9, 2008
posted by M

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Gus said:

just a note of interest In Californa I heard more than one time, llamame para atrasam not suggesting this. It is interesting to me how langauge changes. It is neither bad nor good

M said:

Erika Barrera-Whitney said:

Por que no regresaste mi llamada?

For some reason I was thinking: por que tu no vuelves mi llamada'Is this completely off base?

There was a previous discussion about "llamar para atras," I believe started by Guillermo. The conclusion was that this is an Anglicization which would probably not be understood in most Spanish-speaking countries.

updated SEP 9, 2008
posted by Natasha
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thank you for your remarks. Si you are correct. How about, cuanto escuche esa frase mi espirito se sacudio como un perro acabado de haver sido mojado.

Angela said:

Gus, when you write " i was shocked" in above message, I was trying to find the exact translation of this setence, I think it should not " estuve sorpresada", because "estuve sorpresada" only mean I was surprised. it should be " estuve sacudida"?

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updated SEP 9, 2008
posted by 00769608
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This is a question. 'mi llamada, no la has regresado, por que no? o muy sincillo, "porque no me has regresado (la) mi llamada? Spanish is not like English. In English, at times you can omit words, and it' s understood. Spanish is a romantic language, and there are more ways to be descriptive, not less. formality is very important.

You're all thinking in English.

updated SEP 9, 2008
posted by meliposa
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por que no me llamaste pa'tras? (para+atras)
por que no me devolviste la llamada'

updated SEP 8, 2008
posted by Gaarasama
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Gus, when you write " i was shocked" in above message, I was trying to find the exact translation of this setence, I think it should not " estuve sorpresada", because "estuve sorpresada" only mean I was surprised. it should be " estuve sacudida"'

updated SEP 8, 2008
posted by Angelina-Peng
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the frst time,I heard "regresa para atras" I was shocked, I thought about it.
figured the guy could't speak Espanish, and gave him credit credit for trying,is not a good idea to correct your clients, at least when it comes to languages

updated SEP 8, 2008
posted by 00769608
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"Devolver la llamada" is what most people use, I believe.
"Llamar para atrás" is a crude attempt to translate word by word "call back" into a language which doesn't even have the concept of a phrasal verbs in it, so the result is a construction which doesn't sound like Spanish for anyone who hasn't heard it before, because it would mean "to call", and then move backwards ("para atrás"). This is the equivalent of translating the periphrasis "Echó a correr" as "He threw to run" instead of "He broke into a run".

updated SEP 8, 2008
posted by lazarus1907
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I was just about to post to ask if "por que no me devolviste la llamada'" was the correct way. After a little bit of research, and all of your help of course, devolver seems like the correct verb.

Sally said:

Hello M, Yes, devolver would be the more appropriate use. Translates: Porque no me devolviste la llamada?

You can also use the verb "corresponder" in this instance. Porque no me correspondiste la llamada?

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updated SEP 7, 2008
posted by M
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As for "llamame para atrás", you will hear this used by immigrants to the U.S. who have created this phrase from the English way of saying "call me back". This is not correct. It is understood but not correct in Spanish.

updated SEP 7, 2008
posted by Sally
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in Spain we don`t use " regresar la llamada" , i don`t know in other countries, (perhaps in Mexico'')

updated SEP 7, 2008
posted by iker
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Hello M,
Yes, devolver would be the more appropriate use. Translates: Porque no me devolviste la llamada?
You can also use the verb "corresponder" in this instance: Porque no me correspondiste la llamada'

updated SEP 7, 2008
posted by Sally
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Is the verb devolver more appropriate than regresar in this situation'

updated SEP 7, 2008
posted by M
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In Spain i would say:

Why they did not return your call?
¿Por qué no te devolvieron la llamada'

updated SEP 7, 2008
posted by iker
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just a note of interest In Californa I heard more than one time, llamame para atras
am not suggesting this. It is interesting to me how langauge changes. It is neither bad nor good

M said:

Erika Barrera-Whitney said:

Por que no regresaste mi llamada?

For some reason I was thinking: por que tu no vuelves mi llamada'Is this completely off base?

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updated SEP 7, 2008
posted by 00769608
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Erika Barrera-Whitney said:

Por que no regresaste mi llamada?

For some reason I was thinking: por que tu no vuelves mi llamada?

Is this completely off base'

updated SEP 7, 2008
posted by M
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