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A Spanish word needed.

Post by RicoSuave on Mon Oct 03, 2016 11:58 am

I hope this is the right place to ask this. I would like to know the local phrase that means NOB, "Made From Scratch". The concept is important and can not simply be Hecho Casero or similar words. Google says, "Hecha Desde Cero", but I do not rely much for things with cultural possibilities for variance.

What say you, please.
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Post by ferret on Mon Oct 03, 2016 1:32 pm

"Hecho desde Cero" translates to Made from Zero (or from scratch)...I really don't think you could get any closer than that.
How about "Hecho de nada"...made from nothing

"Hecho a mano" is handmade.

What exactly are you trying to describe? Food? How about "Hecho con ingredientes puros". (made with pure ingredients)...or ingredientes naturales. (natural ingredients)

If I've made mistakes in Spanish, I know someone will let me know. In fact, I count on it so I can learn more.



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Post by RVGRINGO on Mon Oct 03, 2016 3:51 pm

Idiomatic expressions, modismos, do not translate between languages/cultures. Humor is also a problem, as much of it is culturally based and/or has doublé-entendres.

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Post by Rosa Venus on Mon Oct 03, 2016 8:18 pm

Yeah. It depends on what YOU mean by "made from scratch".

For some it might mean "the chicken in my yard laid an egg, the hen kept it warm, so the chick was born and ran around for a while and ate stuff, then plumped up acceptably. So I killed it. Pulled the feathers. Cut it up and started making soup with the vegetables I found in the garden."

And for someone else it might mean they bought some chicken parts at Walmart and threw them in a soup mix.

Idiom is idiom on both sides of the border. Since you said the "concept" is important, what does "from scratch" mean to you?
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Post by islandiver on Mon Oct 03, 2016 8:38 pm

Multi-grain-bread is "made from scratch".

But "hecho en casa" works for me.

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Post by Canada_Mike on Fri Oct 07, 2016 1:50 pm

According to my big Oxford (the 20 lb version) the word you want is "cero." He made it "empezando desde cero." Or, "¿La mayonasa es casera?"

An alternative is "por mano."
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Post by brigitte on Fri Oct 07, 2016 2:02 pm

My Mexican friends say that when speaking of a dish that is made from scratch they say casero..From scratch means a lot of things depending on what you are talking about so you need to specify what you are trying to say before looking for a translation.

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