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19:07 Nov 11, 2001
Spanish to English translations [Non-PRO]
Spanish term or phrase: Ay Carumba
Ay Carumba
Lisa
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Summary of answers provided
5Oh, God! or Oh my God!
kairosz (Mary Guerrero)
5By Karacho!!! (or Karaxo) (please read below)xxxOso
5Geez!
Monica Colangelo
5Holy cow!
Rufino Pérez De La Sierra
5I'll be darnWerner George Patels, M.A., C.Tran.(ATIO)
4Oh my goodness!Gail
4Oh my GoshMyrtha
4Oh, come on!
mtpringle
1Caramba!Sheilann


  

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13 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5
Oh, God! or Oh my God!


Explanation:
The Spanish term is Ay Caramba, not Carumba

kairosz (Mary Guerrero)
Mexico
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18 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
Oh my Gosh


Explanation:
No creo que la frase tenga una traducción específica, esta frase es utilizada por Taco Bell, es una forma muy informal de expresar sorpresa.

Myrtha
United States
Local time: 18:56
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22 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5
I'll be darn


Explanation:
Just another, also more informal, variant on this subject.

Werner George Patels, M.A., C.Tran.(ATIO)
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42 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5
Geez!


Explanation:
I think that´s quite close

Monica Colangelo
Argentina
Local time: 20:56
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1 hr   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5
Holy cow!


Explanation:
At least this is the way Bart Simpson uses it...

Good luck!

Rufino

Rufino Pérez De La Sierra
Canada
Local time: 19:56
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4 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5
By Karacho!!! (or Karaxo) (please read below)


Explanation:
Hi Lisa,
Just another option for you since "caramba" (NOT CARUMBA Ok?) is the euphemism for the Spanish word "carajo"....

This one's kind of hard to translate! "Karacho" is some kind of sound word, if I may put it that way, and it usually stands for a big bang or a terrible mess; probably stems from "Krach", a German word for noise. It may not make much sense in the context of this song but it makes for a nice alliteration, doesn't it?

Editor's note: According to another worshipper, Juan Carlos (Hansi) Dominguez-Braun, this word is a Germanized version of the Spanish word "carajo" , alternatively used by Spaniards to say "hell", "G*d-dammit", "sh*t" as an expletive.  During WW2, the Spanish soldiers of the famous "Blue Division" , infected their German comrades in arms with their word "Carajo". German soldiers of all ranks began using this word, and it became part of colloquial German lingo ever since.

From Oso ¶:^)


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xxxOso
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5 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 1/5Answerer confidence 1/5
Caramba!


Explanation:
Does it really need a translation? I'd be tempted to leave the "local colour" because, no doubt, the drift could be understood from the context.

Sheilann
Spain
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10 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
Oh my goodness!


Explanation:
Just another choice

Gail
United States
Local time: 18:56
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1 day 11 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
Oh, come on!


Explanation:
Ay : Oh!

Caramba: expression of complaint or surprise.
Without mention the Lord's name in vain such as God or Jeez that are not in the Caramba
I 'll go for: come on! or not again! or something in that nature.
To retain the Spanish flavor you should use the same original expression.


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mtpringle
United States
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