https://www.duolingo.com/profile/macskacico1

"Los servicios"

March 29, 2013

13 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Amaizquierdo

Toilets is okay in British English, but considered bad form (crass, uncultured, vulgar) in United States English. When in the US, ask for the "restroom" or "bathroom."

May 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/macskacico1

For "el servicio" it accepted "the bathroom", so, "los servicios" why cannot be "the bathrooms"?

March 29, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wilsy

I suspect it can, although in Spain it's normal to ask for 'los servicios' even though you only intend to use one toilet.

May 31, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/steve.rudman_cr

Los servicios means either the washrooms or the services. In Costa Rica we ask, ¿dónde estan los servicios? Think about it: you are not going to take a bath in there.

July 30, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bbbindle

Very true. However, in the prudish US, it is most common for people looking for a toilet to ask for a "bathroom," even though everyone knows that a bath isn't what they want, and there is no bath in the "bathroom!" If you asked for "the services" people wouldn't know what you wanted, and if you asked for the "washroom," they'd think you were a foreigner. So bathroom should definitely be accepted as a correct translation to this sentence. Oh, I just remembered- people also ask for "restrooms" here, so that should be on the acceptable list too.

August 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/steve.rudman_cr

You are correct. My answer should have read bathrooms or washrooms, if we are speaking in terms of sanitary facilities. It does mean "the services," when one is referring to services such as medical services or social services, etc. eg, los servicios sociales.

August 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bbbindle

Really, the most correct translation for "los servicios" might be "the facilities" to refer to public toilets- that gets used here too. Also, in Mexico and here among Spanish speakers I have heard "el escusado" and also "el bano," probably because of the prevailing usage in English.

August 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/steve.rudman_cr

In Costa RIca one might also see " los aseos" used for washrooms, facilities, etc.

August 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/d.clay

I sometimes refer to the restroom as "the can" which I'm guessing would translate as "la lata".

August 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/steve.rudman_cr

You are correct, "the can" would be la lata. But if you asked, Dónde está la lata? you might be directed towards the canned beans and corn aisle. :o)

August 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bbbindle

So, is there a slangy way to refer to the toilet?

August 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/steve.rudman_cr

There are many in English. The can, as Clay 261 mentioned is one. The John is often used by Americans, and while this term is slang, it is not quite vulgar. The ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ is not used much any longer. In the 19th century Thomas ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ invented the siphonic toilet and the floating ballcock, among other improvements to the toilet. The name ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ became associated with his invention, perhaps because of its similarity to the word crap, which predated the ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ by hundreds of years at least. I believe the English refer to it as the loo, and the WC, for water closet. The "throne" is also used on occasion. and this use is often comic. "Worshipping at the porcelain throne" refers to vomiting violently into a toilet whilst on one's hands and knees, usually after a period of excessive eating or, more commonly, drinking. This is perhaps, TMI, Too Much Information.

August 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bbbindle

Good review, steve.r. But what about in Spanish?

August 5, 2013
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