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05:57 Feb 9, 2012
Spanish to English translations [PRO]
Transport / Transportation / Shipping
Spanish term or phrase: tráila vs tráiler (Mexico)
These two terms are extremely common here in Southern California, where most of our Spanish-speaking population has immigrated from Mexico. Wondering the following:

1. Are these terms used for our English words "trailer" and "big-rig" or "semi-truck" in Mexico itself?
2. For those familiar with the common use of these two terms (wherever they are used), what is the difference? Do people tend to use them interchangeably?

This came up for me on the witness stand, where my speaker was obviously referring to big-rigs, and used "tráila", but I have heard that only "tráiler" means big-rig.

Any thoughts would be helpful for future times this comes up. Thanks!
jenuli
Local time: 21:41
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Summary of answers provided
4 +1trailer (truck)
neilmac
4"Traila" is a Mexican colloquialism for a (tractor) trailer
eski
418 wheeler
Benjamin A Flores


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trailer (truck)


Explanation:
Trailer = a large transport conveyance designed to be pulled by a truck or tractor.
In common usage, many people tend to say "trailer" when they mean the whole vehicle (motor cab + trailer attachment).
I assume any semantic differences will be local and subjective. For example, in the US, a medium duty truck is larger than a heavy-duty pickup truck or full-size van, but most people will not distinguish and will simply call them all "truck".
Just to complicate things even further, a semi-trailer truck is also known in British English as "Artic" (short for "articulated lorry")...


neilmac
Spain
Local time: 06:41
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Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in category: 172
Notes to answerer
Asker: Question for you: Do you think that a native English speaker who hears, "I was learing to drive trailers" would quickly associate this with an tractor trailer combo or strictly with a trailer to be pulled behind a tractor/truck? It came up for me and my listener was insisting on clarification, when actually I felt it was clear or easily inferred.


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agree  Charles Davis: Reckon so
1 hr
  -> Then again, if it walks like a truck... it might be a trailer... ;)
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18 wheeler


Explanation:
I´d go for this or the other variants in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/18_wheeler

tráiler is used all over Mexico and Central America, "Tráila" is more spanglish from CA.

Benjamin A Flores
Local time: 22:41
Works in field
Native speaker of: Spanish
PRO pts in category: 8
Notes to answerer
Asker: Have you ever heard any difference between these two words to denote the difference between a tractor-trailer combo and a mobile home?

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"Traila" is a Mexican colloquialism for a (tractor) trailer


Explanation:
"Traila" is a Mexican colloquialism for a (tractor) trailer

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@KSfan6 if u dont kno wat tractor traila money dat means ur money long enuff 2 ... @KSfan6 it means he gt long money bruh...lol... long like a tractor trailer ...... @ daskysthelimit its A SLAPPER AND deep? you must not know slang if you cant ...
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Sparks ignited the storage trailer and its surrounding cache. ..... CHAPTER: 25 The Game Using the farm tractor as a shield. eyes darting side to side. ...... Knot'n said yo might put the automobile onto the flatbed traila. ... That fellow Derek referred to in slang wasn't a bum. eighteen inches or less. dispatching from his CB ...
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The tractor pitched about as it rolled over uneven turf nearing its objective. Clairence .... Knot'n said yo might put the automobile onto the flatbed traila. yell'a chicken stealing. ... No need to worry. she caught herself speaking in slang). ..... “ Drove that semi truck minus the trailer off a canyon edge. when you received not one.


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The tractor pitched about as it rolled over uneven turf nearing its objective. Clairence .... Knot'n said yo might put the automobile onto the flatbed traila. yell'a chicken stealing

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eski :))

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HI JENULI:
What I mean is that "traila" and "trailer refer to the same thing (a semi-tractor truck), just like: "wheels", "ride" and "car " may all refer to an automobile.

eski :))

eski
Mexico
Local time: 23:41
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in SpanishSpanish
PRO pts in category: 12
Notes to answerer
Asker: I like the idea of using these user comments; however, I don't see any that refer to the difference between the two words in my question. Help?

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