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Spanish to English translations [PRO] Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature
Spanish term or phrase:Las chicas
I'm translating a book on weaving, and several weavers are interviewed. One of them represents a group of women who work together, women of all ages. My question is connected to the use of the noun 'chica', usually in the plural 'las chicas', to refer to a group of women of all ages in a friendly manner. The context is the following:
"Las chicas hacen también collares tejidos. Hay de todo, tejen de todo las chicas acá."
I've noticed that here in Argentina sometimes older women are referred to as 'las chicas' in a friendly way. I was thinking of using 'girls', (remember 'The Golden Girls'?). What do you think?
Explanation: yes, you can use "girls" to refer to a group of females of mixed ages, especially since those over 21 like to be made to feel young. "Ladies" is another word that women of all ages will take as a compliment.
This question about cultural usage is very interesting. I see you are from/based in Montevideo, Virginia. Can you throw any light on a recent racist issue in the UK when footballer Luis Suárez called a black player 'negrito' (I believe). It would depend on the tone of voice, of course, but could the word be used just as a put-down not as a racial slur? After all, we have 'mi morena', 'mi mulata' etc.
Actually, Henry, the translation is not aimed at one country in particular. The book is going to be taken to Europe (specifically Milano and Paris) to show the origin of some garments and accessories which will be presented at international fashion shows and which were hand-woven by indigenous communities. The English translation aims at the non-French/Italian speaking public.
Given the diversity of opinions, regional or country differences could exist here. Thus it would be appropriate to mention the destination country as CONTEXT. After all, English-speakers do not all share the same language.
I'm from SE England and I've never heard a woman being called a girl. I've only ever heard people using "the old girl" when they want to refer to an elderly lady or a man's wife. I've only heard Tina Turner use "girls" to refer to all the females who were at a concert (Tina Live in Europe)! And when she asks, "Are there are any girls out there?" at first there is hardly any reply!
How is "chicas" used in your part of the world? Over here (UK), "girls" is widely used in this kind of context. The asker indicates the usage is friendly so I'm not sure why you think "girls" is misleading.