"Hablar en superficie de un tema que tiene la mar de fondo"

Spanish translation: Scratch the surface

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English term or phrase:Hablar en superficie
Spanish translation:Scratch the surface
Entered by: Parrot

08:34 Jan 24, 2001
English to Spanish translations [Non-PRO]
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English term or phrase: "Hablar en superficie de un tema que tiene la mar de fondo"
I'm looking for an idiomatic phrase in English. Perhaps "to scratch the surface...
I'm blank!
Thanks in advance.
Gabriela Hussong
United States
Local time: 13:49
I like your idiom "to scratch the surface"
Explanation:
The Spanish idiomatic part is "la mar de ..." (not hablar en superficie), so I guess its valid to translate the first part as an idiom and simply say "scratch the surface of a profound (or serious) topic".
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Parrot
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na"Talking through your hat"...
Oso (X)
naI like your idiom "to scratch the surface"
Parrot
naSee explanation
Blanca Rodr�guez


  

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Explanation:
It's a play on words it means to speak in a superficial way of deep topics, but it's not an idiom. I think shallow can be used as superficial not only for people, but also for things.

If so, then maybe you could use something like: "Speaking shallowly about deep things"

Hope it helps and good luck.


Blanca Rodr�guez
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2 hrs
I like your idiom "to scratch the surface"


Explanation:
The Spanish idiomatic part is "la mar de ..." (not hablar en superficie), so I guess its valid to translate the first part as an idiom and simply say "scratch the surface of a profound (or serious) topic".

Parrot
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2 hrs
"Talking through your hat"...


Explanation:
...is talking superficially about something without benefit of knowledge.

"To trivialize" is another suggestion.

Greetings from: OSO ¶:^)


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