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

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mmms1981 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

"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.")

sesnal eNotes educator| Certified Educator

"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."!

elattarulo eNotes educator| Certified Educator
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
profe | Student

Cuentame el cuento.

 or

Cuentame la historia

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

margui | Student

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.

marcellus1 | Student

The best translation would be Cuéntame la historia or Cuéntame el cuento.

user3996319 | Student

me dicen la historia that is how you say tell me the story in spanish

juanchito75 | Student

There are two common translations to that.  What we usually say when we want someone to tell us a story:

Dime la historia.

Cuentame la historia.

Both have the same meaning behind.

taangerine | Student

Tell me the story would be Cuéntame la historia in Spanish. 

givingiswinning | Student

Cuentame el cuento.

atyourservice | Student

Cuéntame la historia 

Cuéntame - tell me

la - the

historia - story

zumba96 | Student

It would be Cuéntame la historia

redrum13 | Student

You say it like this

"Dime la historia"

(D-meh la e-storia)

soccrkidz13 | Student

dime la cuento

 

ella301 | Student

"Me dicen el cuento".

ilove2learn2010 | Student

dime la historia

ttt12 | Student

or, dime la cuenta