Saturday, 23 August 2014

What Causes You Embarrassment?

Introduction


This post showcases/ highlights a typical use of the verb dar*.






SCENARIO


Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or a work colleague about what causes embarrassment or awkwardness.

At some point, the other person says: "what causes you embarrassment?"

In Spanish, the other person could choose to be less formal and say:
¿Qué cosas te dan vergüenza?

In Spanish, the other person could choose to be more formal and say:
¿Qué cosas le dan a usted vergüenza?


OUR TIP

Answering this question should be straightforward. Listing things which cause you to feel awkward may be sufficient. However, you may use the expression dar vergüenza to make your answer a bit more informative.



Here are some examples of how you could use that expression:
  • Me dan vergüenza muchas cosas (lots of things make me feel awkward/ embarrassed);
  • Me da vergüenza la gente mal educada (people without manners make me feel awkward/ embarrassed);
  • Me da vergüenza hablar con desconocidos (talking to strangers makes me feel awkward);
  • Me da vergüenza hablar en público (public speaking makes me feel awkward);


Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Qué cosas te dan vergüenza?

*See uses of verb dar below

*Verb Dar - Typical Uses/ Expressions

Dar alcance a To catch up with someone/ something
Dar apuro To cause embarrassment/ to make one feel embarrassed
Dar asco To cause nausea/ to make one feel nauseated
Dar calabazas To reject/ to give the brush off
Dar caña To hurry/ to harry/ to speed up
Dar celos To cause jealousy/ to make one feel jealous
Dar clase de To teach a subject
Dar corte To cause embarrassment/ to make one feel embarrassed
Dar cosa To cause fear/ unease/ discomfort
Dar de alta To discharge/ To give the all clear (medical)
Dar de baja To give leave (medical)
Dar de sí To be elastic/ stretchable
Dar envidia To cause envy/ make one feel envy
Dar ganas de To feel like doing something
Dar lástima To be in a sorry state/ to move someone to feel pity
Dar miedo To cause fear/ to make one feel frightened
Dar pena To cause pity/ sadness
Dar rabia To anger/ to make one mad
Dar vergüenza To cause embarrassment/ to make one feel embarrassed
Darse cita To meet/ to come together
Darse prisa To hurry up
No dar abasto To be overloaded/ To be unable to cope


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