tengo tan mala cabeza...

Discussion in 'Spanish-English Vocabulary / Vocabulario Español-Inglés' started by madredecuatro, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. madredecuatro

    madredecuatro Senior Member

    Tengo tan mala cabeza, que no recuerdo algunos detalles importantes de mis vivencias con vosotros.

    I can't even give it a try, because I don't know where to start with.
  2. Antpax

    Antpax Senior Member

    Spanish Spain
    Hola madredecuatro:

    Sería "forgetful", pero es mucho más sosa que la expresión española, a ver si algún nativo nos echa un cable.


  3. Angeli-k

    Angeli-k Member

    Granada, Spain
    "Tener mala cabeza" = "To have a bad memory"

    I don't know if there are more colloquial expressions in English, but that's the basic meaning.
  4. jackaustralia Senior Member

    Australia English
    Maybe you could use 'I am so silly (or so stupid) that I don't remember important details of my experiences with you.'
  5. brynhild

    brynhild Senior Member

    ¿Sería posible utilizar "poor memory"?

    My memory is so poor that...

  6. madredecuatro

    madredecuatro Senior Member

    Jackaustralia, I don't want to use silly or stupid, because that's not the meaning of tener mala cabeza, which means to have bad memory. I agree with the rest of the sentence.
    Could I say I am so absent-minded that...?

    Ant, forgetful could be too formal.

    Angeli-K, could I say: I have such bad memory that...
  7. riscman Senior Member

    Warwick England
    " have such a shocking memory that I'd forget my head of it wern't attached"
  8. Angeli-k

    Angeli-k Member

    Granada, Spain
    madredecuatro, memory is a countable noun, so you say "I have such a bad memory that..."

    I think absent-minded means that you're distracted, thinking about something else, not necessarily that you have a bad memory!
  9. madredecuatro

    madredecuatro Senior Member

    Gracias a todos. Creo que me quedo con I have such a shocking memory.... Recuerdo que se usaba de forma más coloquial, que es lo que yo buscaba.
  10. aztlaniano

    aztlaniano Senior Member

    Lavapiestán, Madrid
    English (Aztlán, US sector)
    My memory's so bad that (I can't remember/I've forgotten) a lot of important details of the time I spent (with/living among) you.
  11. Angeli-k

    Angeli-k Member

    Granada, Spain
    I'm not sure, but I think that if you say I have such a shocking memory... it can either mean that is shockingly good or shockingly bad. I hope a native speaker can make it clearer!
  12. madredecuatro

    madredecuatro Senior Member

    Thank you all. Aztlaniano, I'll take your translation. Thanks Angeli-K for your explanations.
  13. riscman Senior Member

    Warwick England
    When it comes to memory, "shocking" is never good:)
  14. SydLexia Senior Member

    London, EU
    UK English
    I'm sorry but I don't see the problem with "shocking" and, after all, the same could be said of "terrible" or "bad" in this context.

    My first thought was "I have such a terrible memory that...."

    I can't see much advantage in switching the phrase round so we are concentrating on 'my memory' rather than 'I'....


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