qué mala pata

qué mala pata
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g., skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(general)
a. that's rough
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g., skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Se nos estropeó el carro justo el día antes de irnos de vacaciones. - ¡Qué mala pata!Our car broke down just the day before we were going on vacation. - That's rough!
b. that's too bad
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g., skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Me caí en la ducha y me rompí la muñeca. - ¡Qué mala pata!I fell in the shower and broke my wrist. - That's too bad!
c. what a bummer
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g., skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¡Qué mala pata! De las diez preguntas del examen, cinco eran de la única unidad que no había estudiado. Voy a reprobar.What a bummer! Of the ten questions in the exam, five were from the only unit I hadn't studied. I'm going to fail.
d. how unlucky
¡Qué mala pata! Las personas que estaban justo delante de nosotros en la cola compraron las últimas entradas para la película.How unlucky! The people who were right in front of us in line bought the last tickets for the movie.
e.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Tan intelectuales como son ellos, qué mala pata tuvieron con sus hijos. Ninguno quiso estudiar una carrera.As intellectual as they are, they were really unlucky with their kids. None of them wanted to do a degree.
¡Qué mala pata tengo siempre con los hombres! Me enamoro de los que no se enamoran de mí.I'm always so unlucky with men! I fall in love with those who don't fall in love with me.
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