1. Angela24 New Member

    could somebody tell me what the spanish word for desastre!
  2. Artrella Banned


    disaster = desastre :confused:
  3. el_novato

    el_novato Senior Member

  4. mjscott Senior Member

    Pacific Northwest, USA
    American English

    I tried to make a cake, but my attempt was a disaster!
  5. Mirtha Robledo Senior Member

    Lima, Peru
    Peru - Spanish
    Trate de preparar un bizcocho pero mi intento fue un desastre.
    Trate de . . . pero todo fue una desgracia.
    Trate de . . pero todo salio mal.
  6. Learning Senior Member

    MESS no podría ser una posible traducción? By the way.. what's the difference between mess and disaster?
  7. Artrella Banned


    1 a dirty or untidy state of things or of a place: she made a mess of the kitchen | my hair was a mess.

    noun a sudden event, such as an accident or a natural catastrophe, that causes great damage or loss of life: 159 people died in the disaster | [MASS NOUN] disaster struck within minutes of tak

    I would say that you can use the word "disaster" in a figurative sense to add more emphasis to the word "mess"

    "My hair is a mess today" (meaning untidy)
    "My hair is a disaster today" (meaning messy, untidy)

    Just for the sake of emphasis and in a figurative sense. But they are not the same.

    Saludos, Art :) ;) :p
  8. Learning Senior Member

    Hello Artrella! In Spanish happens the same with DESASTRE. You can use it with both meanings. Mess could also be translated (in a slang way, very coloquial and a little rude but used a lot) as Mierda... "Estar hecho una Mier...." Ej. Mi pelo está hecho una mierd..
    Saludos and sorry for the expression :)
  9. lauranazario

    lauranazario Moderatrix

    Puerto Rico
    Español puertorriqueño & US English
    Hola Learning,

    No, "mess" no es una traducción correcta de "desastre" ya que las dos palabras no comunican el mismo estado de gravedad (por llamarlo así).

    En esta connotación que tú deseas comunicar (porque hay otras para "mess"), mess = reguero/reguerete, revoltijo, lío... que no es igual de 'grave' que desastre = disaster.


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