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Idiom: ¡Dichoso! Posted by on Apr 25, 2011 in Spanish Vocabulary


The adjective dichoso comes from the noun dicha (happiness, luck), so dichoso literally means lucky, fortunate. But in informal Spanish it is also used to express the opposite. Check out this little dialog and the translation below.

– Hola, Carmen. ¿Cómo estás pasándote las vacaciones?
– Fatal.
– Pero, ¿por qué fatal?
– Es que tengo una dichosa gripe ya hace más de tres semanas. Es una gripe muy mala. Tengo dolor de cabeza, tos, fiebre y mucho cansancio. No tengo ganas de hacer nada.
– ¡Qué lástima! Pero de todas formas deberías ir al médico.
– Si, claro, ya fui al médico. Según él, es una gripe muy fuerte, que ataca las vías respiratorias y puede durar más de un mes. Así que no estoy disfrutando de nada, me quedo en el hotel encerrada día y noche.
– ¡Dichosas vacaciones!

– Hi, Carmen. How are you spending your vacation?
– Terribly.
– But, why?
– It turns out I’ve had the damned flu for more than three weeks. It’s a very bad flu. I have headaches, cough, fever and I feel very tired. I don’t feel like doing anything.
– What a shame! But anyway, you should see a doctor.
– Yes, of course, I went to the doctor. According to him, it’s a very strong flu, that attacks the airways and it can last more than a month. So I’m not enjoying anything, I stay in the hotel day and night.
– What a terrible vacation!

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