como se llama, bonita, mi casa, su casa....

Discussion in 'Spanish-English Vocabulary / Vocabulario Español-Inglés' started by kakimka, Mar 17, 2006.

  1. kakimka Member

    Hi ¿Could someone translate the following lyrics that come from a Shakira song..

    "Como se llama, bonita, mi casa, su casa"

    "Baila en la calle de noche
    Baila en la calle de día"

    "Mira en Barranquilla se baila así"

    thank you xx
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  2. lafert Senior Member

    at the edge
    Spanish Uruguay
    May be it will help.
  3. kakimka Member

    Yes, that helps... Thank you x
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  4. pacificblue Member

    Hibiscus Coast, New Zealand
    New Zealand (English)
    Hi guys

    Sorry if I shouldn't be responding in this post so long after it was opened but I'm new & I read the rules & couldn't see anything wrong with that =)

    If como se llama, bonita, mi casa, su casa means :

    What´s its name, pretty, my house, your house

    I don't quite understand how that relates to anything else in the song ?

    I know you won't be able to tell me WHY those words are there but I wonder if there is another way of translating it so it makes a little more sense with the other lyrics ?

    It just doesn't seem to fit ...

    Thanks (& sorry again if I shouldn't be posting here) :eek:
  5. Bienvenidos

    Bienvenidos Senior Member

    First off, don't worry about posting on old posts. :) I've posted on posts that haven't been active for years!

    Anyway, in this song ¿Cómo se llama? Bonita, mi casa, su casa
    would translate as:

    What's your name, pretty [girl], my house, your house

    So here's the connotation:

    Hey what's your name. You're pretty (you're a pretty girl). We can go to my house, your house, wherever.

    You know? In the song it kind of has that other connotation. It may not necessarily say so, but it implies so. :) Reading between the lines! ;)

  6. pacificblue Member

    Hibiscus Coast, New Zealand
    New Zealand (English)
    Ahhh - lost in translastion. =) Thank you.
  7. Rux New Member

    Re: Como se llama, bonita, mi casa, su casa....
    I believe it is actually an enumaration of the few words known by foreigners (especially Americans) in the context <she makes a man want to speak Spanish>
  8. Mateland Senior Member

    English USA
    Yeah I agree with that. Ive heard the song and I think there is a lyric that says something like.

    "So I speak English and you speak Spanish so the music is the only thing we be understanding"
  9. Bacan-quillero_in_BCN New Member

    Spain(BCN) - Spanish("barranquillier")
    Hi Pacific-blue, all,

    Yes, I agree with Rux and Mateland, this expression is more an ennumeration of "Spanish-language clichés" than a sentence with real meaning (base on cultural matters).

    p.d. Kakimka: Barranquilla is the native city of Shakira (located at Colombian Caribbean Coast)
  10. Alexesp New Member

    Spain - Spanish
    I know it is an old thread, but I would like to put my opinion.

    It could be that "mi casa" was a mistranslation of "my homey". Home in spanish is casa, but homey, in this context, could be cariño(dear), nena(baby) or something like that. I don't know.
  11. eviss20

    eviss20 New Member

    San Ramón,Costa Rica
    Costarican spanish
    I don't think "mi casa" is a mistranslation of "my homey".
    Have you heard of the spanish phrase "mi casa, tu casa"? Which literally means "you can feel at home, my house is your house"...
    I think that's how it goes, although it could have a more sexual meaning as Bienvenidos mentioned.

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