​¿CÓMO SE DICE "CONSTIPADO" EN INGLÉS?

Nov 22, 2022

This is a classic and something that learnt very early when I came to Spain. Of all the false friends this is the most famous one because of its comic nature!

So, I am sure you can guess what is coming? There is, as usual, always a temptation for Spanish speakers to use the Spanglish version of certain words and "constipado" is a good example of this. The Spanglish version is: "Oh, I feel terrible today, I am constipated!"

Well...that is fine, but it is too much information for your English teacher! Especially, when you consider the fact, that "constipated" means "estreñido" in English. The word that you need to use rather than "constipated" is: "I feel ill" or "I am not feeling well" among others.

So, please, be careful!!! Hope that helps! 

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