1. Ranox

    Ranox Member

    Spanish, Nicaragua
    Hola a todos. Quisiera saber cómo se traduce 'granos básicos' al Inglés. Me refiero a granos como arroz, frijoles, etc. ¿Se puede decir 'basic grains'? Gracias por su ayuda.
  2. alacant

    alacant Senior Member

    Alicante, Spain
    England, english

    Welcome, alacant
  3. Ranox

    Ranox Member

    Spanish, Nicaragua
    ¡Muchas gracias!
  4. Mate

    Mate Senior Member

    Castellano - Argentina

    Creo que staple grains (and pulses) define mejor el concepto de "granos básicos".

    Saludos - Mate
  5. Ranox

    Ranox Member

    Spanish, Nicaragua
  6. spinyilex

    spinyilex Senior Member

    USA - English
    I know this is a very old thread, but I want to point out that the word "pulses" in this context is completely unfamiliar to me. I'm a native speaker of American English. Perhaps it is used in other English-speaking countries. I would say "staple grain crops."
  7. vicdark

    vicdark Senior Member

    Español, Bolivia
  8. spinyilex

    spinyilex Senior Member

    USA - English
    Yes, it says, "the edible seeds of various crops (as peas, beans, or lentils) of the legume family." And here's more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulse_(legume). But I don't want WR users to think that this definition of the term will be easily understood in the United States. Also, I don't think it would include rice or other grains; it seems to refer only to legumes. Speaking of which, I see here in this Wikipedia entry for "legumes" that legumes are called "pulses" in India. So maybe that's where the word is mainly used.
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2012
  9. spinyilex

    spinyilex Senior Member

    USA - English
    Also, according to the comments at the bottom of the Merriam-Webster entry, "pulse" appears to be used in the Bible with reference to food. However, I still think "granos basicos" would probably best be translated as "staple crops" for a general audience. That would include legumes and grains.
  10. horsewishr

    horsewishr Senior Member

    Michigan (USA)
    English (Generic Midwest Variety)
    I'm a nurse and a health educator. I can say, unequivocally, that "pulses" is not used. Nobody would know what it meant. At least not where I live.
  11. spinyilex

    spinyilex Senior Member

    USA - English
    horsewishr, I totally agree. The reason I proposed "staple crops" instead is that the original poster was looking for a term that included not just grains, but also beans. I don't know what context the original poster was working in, but I know that "granos basicos" can be used to discuss things like market prices of commodities, and I knew that economists sometimes talk about prices of "staple crops," which can vary from region to region but would include whatever crops people depend on for the basis of their daily diet (corn, potatoes, beans, rice, wheat, etc.).
  12. ANDRES NARVAEZ Senior Member

    Chicago, IL
    I would use "Staple Crops"
  13. Ranox

    Ranox Member

    Spanish, Nicaragua
    Thank you very much for all your comments. I think 'staple crops' would be the best translation since I was referring to crops like rice, beans and corn.
  14. hahahuge New Member

    South West UK
    UK, English
    Hola, veo que es un hilo bastante antiguo, pero acabo de leerlo y quería comentar que la palabra "pulses", sí, se entiende y se usa en el Reino Unido, sobre todo para los varios tipos de lentejas.
  15. jilar Senior Member

    Galicia, España
    Pero, ante "pulses", ¿pensáis por ejemplo en arroz?
    Ya que el arroz no es una leguminosa/legumbre, y este parece ser el concepto que engloba "pulse".
    Aunque si se interpreta como edible seed, semilla comestible, pues ciertamente pulse incluiría el arroz, el trigo, ...

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