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How do I say the phrase "tell me the story" in Spanish?

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seb-chan | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 9, 2010 at 6:51 AM via web

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How do I say the phrase "tell me the story" in Spanish?

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margui | Student | eNoter

Posted April 18, 2010 at 4:18 AM (Answer #1)

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cuéntame la historia  --> (historia= e-storia and the 'e's on 'cuéntame' are pronounced like the 'ea' on the word learn

 

We dont say 'dime la historia' .

I speak english and spanish (originally spanish) so I know what Im talking about.

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profe | Middle School Teacher | eNoter

Posted August 7, 2010 at 8:22 AM (Answer #2)

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Cuentame el cuento.

 or

Cuentame la historia

There is a written accent over the "e" in cuentame

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mmms1981 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted February 5, 2012 at 7:30 AM (Answer #3)

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"Dime la historia" and "Dime el cuento" are not idiomatic.

"Me dicen el cuento" is not idiomatic and conveys a different meaning: ‘I am being told the story.’

"Dime la cuento" is incorrect from a morphological point of view, since "cuento" is a masculine noun, whereas "la" is a feminine determiner.

"Cuéntame la historia" or "Cuéntame el cuento" would be the most acceptable translations for ‘tell me the story.’ From a morphological point of view, these sentences could be analyzed as consisting of an imperative form of the verb “contar” (“cuenta-”), an enclitic first person pronoun (“me”), and a direct object, which consists in both cases of a simple noun phrase ("la historia," "el cuento.")

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sesnal | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 3, 2012 at 11:10 PM (Answer #4)

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"tell me a story" translates into "cuéntame un cuento".

The English words "tell" and "say" basically translate into "contar" and "decir" respectively; but ... they are tricky and you must always take the context into account. Let me give you a couple of examples, in English you say "tell the time", in Spanish "decir la hora"; in English you say "tell me your name", in Spanish "dime tu nombre"; but "He said hello" translates into "Dijo hola".

So depending on what the word "it" refers to in the following "Tell it to me", the translation would be "Dímela/o" or "Cuéntamela/o."!

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redrum13 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 9, 2010 at 6:55 AM (Answer #5)

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You say it like this

"Dime la historia"

(D-meh la e-storia)

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elattarulo | College Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted March 13, 2013 at 9:25 PM (Answer #11)

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It would be "Cuéntame una historia por favor." Most have provided this answer and there are some variations depending on what Spanish speaking country you live in. Notice that I added "por favor" at the end since in English we use commands all the time, but in Spanish they tend to sound a bit abrupt to a native speaker so it is a good idea to always be polite. Although "please" was not in your original question, I have added to show cultural respect. Hope this helps!! Doctora Elena
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zumba96 | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted April 29, 2014 at 10:54 PM (Answer #12)

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It would be Cuéntame la historia

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ttt12 | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted April 17, 2010 at 11:16 AM (Answer #6)

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or, dime la cuenta

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ilove2learn2010 | Student, Grade 9 | Honors

Posted September 25, 2010 at 10:36 AM (Answer #7)

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dime la historia

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ella301 | Student, Grade 10 | Salutatorian

Posted September 19, 2011 at 6:40 AM (Answer #9)

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"Me dicen el cuento".

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soccrkidz13 | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted December 5, 2011 at 9:19 AM (Answer #10)

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dime la cuento

 

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