"A blusa dela é justa."

Translation:Her blouse is tight.

September 5, 2013

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This question needs some pix.


Pics or it didn't happen.


And of course a sentence like "A calça dele é justa" for the womens here :-P Maybe with a picture, too ;-)


Hmm, I just wanted to make a joke and put my tiny knowledge of Portuguese in use :-/


Your Portuguese was perfect btw =)

That's ok. I know. I'm not that serious. On the contrary, I have a huge sense of humour!! ^.^


Well.... I have a big head in real life XD So that emoji looks like me (but I'm not so yellow!! ^.^)


If you weren't that serious, why is the smiley sooo big? :-D But good to know, that you have a huge sense of humour! Me, too :-)


Really so big? Can't believe that :-)


Believe me! Just look my picture!! =)


Maybe this one should get moved to the flirting lesson ...


Justa=apertada? Which one is more common in describing clothes?


"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


They both are used in daily conversation =)


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".


what about is fitting or fits (+ well/right)? are they accepted?


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 wrote "Her blouse fits well" and it was marked as incorrect.


Again, to say "of hers" is grammatically right in english, hence another suitable translation. "The blouse of hers is tight" is not wrong, its just uncommon. Reported once more.


it's forcing you to translate meaning rather than word for word. It's a great practice and step one to fluency, so go with it.


'fair' is listed as a meaning for 'justa' but 'her blouse is fair'. is wrong. How do you say 'her blouse fits well'?


That would be "sua blusa (a blusa dela) lhe cai bem".


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.


What is "lhe"? I've never seen this word before. And "cai", is it conjugated from cair?

Thank you.


Yes. "Cai" is from "cair". "Cair bem" = to fit well.

"lhe" is an indirect object to mean "you", "him" and "her" for indirect verbs. (verb that require a preposition).


Oh, I have not reached "indirect object" yet. No wonder.

Thank you very much!


I learn so much extra from these conversations, and some of them are funny, like the one at the beginning of this thread!


I think we should be allowed to translate nominalizations like this literally... the blouse of her is tight


I actually agree. Whether it is correct english or not, it helps to get used to the way people speak in portuguese.


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.


Could "justa" mean "snug"?


I tried a few alternatives to try to get the nuance: Her blouse is close fitting/fitted/form fitted, but no go. I wonder if there's one that would work.

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