Returned when I saw my little niece

Discussion in 'Spanish-English Vocabulary / Vocabulario Español-Inglés' started by gouged, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. gouged Senior Member


    "All my motherly instincts returned when I saw my little niece."

    Esta traducido en mi libro de la siguiente manera:

    "Todos mis instintos maternales brotaron cuando vi a mi sobrina pequeña"

    No entiendo la traducción del verbo. ¿"Returned" se puede traducir por "brotaron"? ¿y si no como traduciríais "brotaron" al inglés?

  2. antvdr

    antvdr Senior Member

    Extremadura (Spain)
    Spanish/Extremeño (Spain)
    brotar=well up
    Return ahí tiene el sentido de que volvieron a manifestarse, por eso lo traduce por brotar.
    You can also say: "All my motherly instincts welled up when I saw my little niece"

  3. Cenzontle

    Cenzontle Senior Member

    English, U.S.
    Estoy de acuerdo con antvdr, no hay mejor expresión que "to well up" cuando se manifiesta una emoción.
    Es más expresivo que "returned". Además, pensamos en un instinto como cosa inherente en el carácter del individuo.
    Por eso, yo no quisiera decir que un instinto "goes away" o "returns".
  4. PichaPuerto

    PichaPuerto Senior Member

    I would only use 'well up' with 'tears'.
  5. SydLexia Senior Member

    London, EU
    UK English
    That may be so, but many people, and dictionaries, will not agree with you.

    "anger welled up" is not an uncommon collocation, for example.

  6. loudspeaker Senior Member

    British English
    Pitty welled up in her heart as she watched the poor child. (Probably, tears welled up in her eyes as she saw him/her but we don't know).
  7. PichaPuerto

    PichaPuerto Senior Member

    That's true.
    but does this sound right to you? All my motherly instincts welled up when I saw my little niece
  8. Cenzontle

    Cenzontle Senior Member

    English, U.S.
    Here are the things (and how many of each) that "welled up" in the C.O.C.A. when I inquired for "[noun] welled up":
    tears (57), eyes (33), anger (7), fear (7), blood (6), rage (5), tear (4), three each for sadness, panic, bitterness, two each for disgust, excitement, love, growl, grief, music, memory, need, sorrow, strength, water, feeling.
    There are plenty of emotions on the list; is the maternal instinct an emotion? I think so.
  9. Sabretooth

    Sabretooth Senior Member

    Buffalo, NY, USA
    American English
    You could also say this, though it is very informal: All my motherly instincts kicked in when I saw my little niece.

    Personally, I would not say that motherly instincts "welled up."

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