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12 months ago

Carlos Pablo MIGUES-LABANCA, BSc.  See profile asked this question:

Language pair:

Spanish > English


Arts / Entertainment

Level of diffculty:

Difficult / demanding

Word or term in question:

tiene mucha labia


Hello, there. I'm translating a literary short story. When talking about a character, it reads: " Él tiene mucha labia".

This is colloquial, idiomatic River-Plate Spanish. The meaning is as follows: he is utterly capable of talking much and convincing people; he's not shy at all; he talks with anyone and about (almost) anything and ends up persuading all.

I happen to be looking for an informal, descriptive phrase in English. "He's got the gift of the gab" does in fact convey the meaning. However, it sounds way too formal -to me- ("Tiene el don de la palabra"). The expression "Tiene mucha labia" is very local and totally informal.

Thank you very much in advance. I really appreciate your help.
Kindest regards.



The answer of anamaria  See profile was rated best

he has the gift of the gab

My comment:

Before I read that you had already considered that option, it was the translation that came to mind. I am from Ireland, where that expression originated, and it's not at all formal. In Ireland it's very informal and colloquial, in fact, so it may be what you're looking for. I hope this helps.