ni hablar

ni hablar(
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An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
interjection
1. (used to express refusal or disagreement)
a. no way
Papá, ¿me prestas el coche? - ¡Ni hablar!Dad, can I borrow your car? - No way!
b. you must be joking
¿Nos vamos a dar una vuelta? - ¿Con este frío? ¡Ni hablar!Shall we go for a walk? - In this cold? You must be joking!
c. not likely
Mamá, me voy a casa de Ana. - ¡Ni hablar! Tienes que acabar antes tu tarea.Mom, I'm going to Ana's. - Not likely! You have to finish your homework first.
d. no chance
¿Lavas tú los platos? - ¡Ni hablar! Te toca a ti.Will you do the dishes? - No chance! It's your turn.
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
2. (don't even mention)
a. don't even talk
¿Le concedieron ya el divorcio a Ana? - Sí, pero, de ese asunto, ni hablar delante de ella. Todavía le afecta mucho.Did Ana get a divorce? - Yes, but don't even talk about it around her. She's still very upset by it.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
De mi trabajo yo prefiero ni hablar. Es muy estresante.I'd rather not even talk about my job. It's really stressful.
Margarita no quiere ni hablar de su suegra. La tiene atragantada.Margarita doesn't even want to talk about her mother-in-law. She can't stand her.
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