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"Justa" is more used to describe a sexy wear clothes. So, this way you can see a beautiful or sexy body shape. otherwise, "apertada" is more used to describe a large or wide body that no fit in a clothes, like a fat guy in a small shirt or pants. Sorry about my english, I'm a native brazilian portuguese
There is a slight difference. Normally "justa" means that it's tight enough, that it adheres to the body but not in a way that makes the person uncomfortable. "Apertada" already means tight to the point that starts to be uncomfortable to wear, i.e. too tight. However, you can also say "muito justa" for "too tight".
I wrote "tight-fitting" and it also wasn't accepted. I think the Portuguese meaning of justa doesn't have an equivalent word in English but I believe we have something pretty close in Finnish, that is "tyköistuva" which translates to "tight-fitting, snug, skintight, close-fitting, figure-hugging, form-fitting, slinky or tight" according to a dictionary. I'm not a native English speaker but if I were to say "a piece of clothing is tight", I would mean it's not just fitting but somewhat tighter than that. Well... this is the problem with translations since at least most translations are just approximations of the meanings and the words are better understood by learning them via pictures or native usage.
I'm not sure but I think I also agree. In a conversation, you don't have time to translate what you are saying from English to Portuguese and translate back what the other person is saying in Portuguese, nor should you if you want to sound natural in Portuguese. That's why I believe we should strive to learn how to think in Portuguese and just communicate in Portuguese without English altogether.
Paul, I think pezbabel may mean "fair" = "light"....it's not a very common word in English....usually used for light coloured hair or someone with very light skin.
examples: "Most people with red hair are very fair skinned" "My hair is dark now, but was quite fair when I was young"
Sometimes it can describe reasonable weather: "The wind tonight is fair to middling" (used in radio broadcasts of the weather for Ships...no-one really knows what it means except old sea captains & pirates)
SPECIAL BONUS FACT: This radio broadcast of weather for ships is called: THE SHIPPING FORECAST http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shipping_Forecast No one really needs it nowadays because of GPS/computers etc...but when the BBC try to stop it, lots of people complain! They say they like to listen to it and find it relaxing! Some people claim that some of the broadcast is a secret code to British Spies working overseas....and I think it was used like this in World War 2.
JCMcGee, good explanation, but a wrong one :P "justa" doesn't mean light. It means tight when it refers to clothes, but it has an whole different meaning in other context. It means "fair" or "just" in the sense of "justice", as you can easily see, the words are very similar. So the hint here is misleading, it refers to a whole different context.