14:37 Jan 2, 2020
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Spanish to English translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary - General / Conversation / Greetings / Letters / Historical Romance
Spanish term or phrase: narancas

— Sí, toma — le entregó un frasco de cristal pequeño con un líquido anaranjado dentro. Mientras las dos criadas iban a por más agua, él lo destapó y lo olió.
— Parece algún tipo de fruta — se lo acercó a ella para que lo oliera.
— Es naranja, una vez comí una que me regaló Olaf — Erik levantó la cabeza, repentinamente alerta.
— ¿Olaf?
— Es un chico del asentamiento.
— ¿Te gustaba? – sus ojos empezaron a cambiar de color otra vez. Yvette no lo recordaba, pero había hablado de Olaf cuando deliraba por la fiebre.
— ¿De qué sirve hablar sobre eso?
— ¿Y por qué tenía narancas en su poder? No creo que sea una fruta de estas tierras.
— Naranjas. Es una fruta muy rica que se cultiva en países cálidos, por ejemplo, en España. Olaf las compró en el mercado, yo no las había comido nunca porque son muy caras.

Even though the speaker is an adult, he can't pronounce "oranges" correctly, because he's never heard of them before.

Muchas Gracias,

Barbara Cochran, MFA
United States
Local time: 19:50

Summary of answers provided
4 +2oranes
Patricia Fierro, M. Sc.
3 +1noranges

Discussion entries: 6



12 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +2

It seems that the "j" causes problems. So, maybe you can omit the "j" or "g" from "oranges". Another option, among many, is "ocranhes" or something like that.

Patricia Fierro, M. Sc.
Local time: 18:50
Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 12

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  philgoddard: There are a million ways to render this.
1 hr

agree  Thayenga
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22 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +1

It is not a question of mispronouncing, but of mishearing. Speaker repeats what he thinks he heard.

Local time: 20:50
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 134

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  MollyRose: Or they might not notice the 2nd syllable (ran). Maybe onjas/onjes.
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