me da verguenza?

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I'm trying to explain a recent experience of meeting a native Spanish speaker, and would like to say the following:

"I felt nervous, because I was embarrassed that I might say something wrong."
(The "something wrong" refers to making grammatical errors, etc -- not referring to something inappropriate.)

What is the correct way to say that? Something like..."Estuve nerviosa porque me dió verguenza cometer un error (o decir algo incorrecto)"? Sorry, I know my verb tenses must be screwed up as well. Any help appreciated. smile

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updated FEB 20, 2009
posted by mimi2

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Good point.
I didn't think of that. :>

updated FEB 20, 2009
posted by mimi2
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Mimi said:

does temer [algo] carry more or less the same weight, so to speak, as darse vergüenza? Are they easily interchangeable?

I don't think they are the same thing, but I made the change for the sake of logic, rather than language. That is, you can't really be embarrassed before you have made a mistake, so if you wanted to use the word embarrass, you would have to rewrite the English, such as "I felt nervous that I might embarrass myself by saying something wrong." You might translate that as "Estuve nerviosa de ponerme en ridículo (pasar una vergüenza) equivocándome de palabra."

updated FEB 19, 2009
posted by 00bacfba
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Ooh I like the sound of that...it's neater. Thank you, James. :>
I've already written my assignment anyway -- but just out of curiosity, if anyone sees this...does temer [algo] carry more or less the same weight, so to speak, as darse vergüenza? Are they easily interchangeable'

updated FEB 18, 2009
posted by mimi2
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I wonder if you could also say "Estuve nerviosa, temiendo equivocarme (de palabra)."

updated FEB 17, 2009
posted by 00bacfba
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Rodrigo said:

creo que tu oración no tiene nada de malo!!!

¿De verdad? ¿Hablas del vocabulario o la conjugación de los verbos? :D

updated FEB 17, 2009
posted by mimi2
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creo que tu oración no tiene nada de malo!!!

updated FEB 16, 2009
posted by Rodrigo
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Muchas gracias. smile

I always make that same mistake and never learn, haha... :s

updated FEB 16, 2009
posted by mimi2
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Estuve nerviosa porque me daba vergüenza cometer un error (o decir algo incorrecto)

this is correctsmile

updated FEB 16, 2009
posted by 00494d19