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Little people in a flower pot

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by luso, Sep 20, 2003.

  1. luso

    luso Member

    hello everybody in the forum, i'm trying to remembere the name of some little persons who lives in a flowerpot of a family in sesamestreet.
    I don't know more about that guys but if someone can help me, thank you very much.
    So if someone spanish visit the forum, and can tell me the name in spanish, so much better, thanx
  2. Hays

    Hays Well-Known Member

    Me disculpo por mi español inadecuado. Estoy utilizando el traductor de Alta Vista. Pienso que usted significa los insectos de la vuelta ligera, "Twiddle Bugs"

    Espero algún día poder hacer esto mismo, sin una computadora. ¡Espere que esto le ayudara!
  3. luso

    luso Member

    thank you

    thank you very much, you have helped me a lot(sorry too for my english)
    i will try to translate that name Twiddle Bugs" to spanish, but it's a begining.
    thank you

    pd: don't worry about the spanish, it's a difficult language, don't exasperate. ;) bye
  4. luso

    luso Member

    hey one more thing, do you know where can i get some pictures of this people, the twiddle bugs?
    in spain they are called Nabukodosorcitos jeje
  5. Pino

    Pino Well-Known Member

    I remember a scene that they lived at Bert and Ernies home! :( :p
  6. Splurge

    Splurge Well-Known Member

    Well, the Twiddlebug family does actually live in Ernie's window box. Sometimes Ernie introduces them by pondering aloud what the Twiddlebugs are up to today.
  7. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Greetings from the Count, a fellow Spanish speaker after all the years of continuous living down here in Puerto Rico. As usual a few things.

    1 Though I profess that my personal first language is English, I also speak Spanish fluently and can help out with any questions you may have.
    2 My participation in this thread was requested by Hayes, and I decided to respond with what information I do have.
    3 Hayes, sorry, but I don't have any pics of the Twiddlebugs. BTW: What did you mean to say in English in your previous post when you said "vuelta lijera"? Except for that, the only mistakes were in your exclamation at the end of the post. "Espere" should be "espero", the Spanish word of the verb "hope" conjugated for the first person singular in the present tense; and "ayudare" should be "ayude", the Spanish word for the verb "help" conjugated for the second person singular in a simple future tense.
    4 As for information on the Twiddlebugs, since that's an English name, then it would be perfectly acceptable in Spanish as is. Proper names suffer a dual modality when coming from an English source to the Spanish language: they can either be translated into a new name altogether, be pronounced with Spanish entonnation which might change the name's actual and correct English spelling, or may be accepted as they're written correctly in English but pronounced with Spanish entonnation.
    5 There are four Twiddlebugs in the main family: Theodore, a fat blue male Twiddlebug who's the father; Tessie, a tall violet female Twiddlebug who's the mother; Tina, a red female Twiddlebug smaller than her mom but taller than her brother who's the family's daughter; and Teddy, an orange-brown male Twiddlebug who's smaller than the rest of his family and who's also the family's son. They all live within a milk carton home inside the flowerbed outside the apartment window of Ernie and Bert's apartment room.
    There are other Twiddlebugs in Sesame Street coloring books and storybooks and alike, but these four are the main characters who appeared on the show.
    Hope this helps and have a good day.

    Oh, and Luso, if you're interested... You might visit a thread in the Classic Muppets section of this forum called "Muppet Listings 8.0" started by myself with help from other sources like fellow forum members and other websites. This list contains the currently posted version of my efforts to gather a listing of all characters withing the Muppet Universe. Check it out and tell me what you think.
    Again, hope this helps and have a good day.
  8. luso

    luso Member


    hey, i've just got some pictures of these nabukodosorcitos, thank you for help me, how can i upload the images here¿.
  9. Hays

    Hays Well-Known Member

    vuelta lijera was how Alta Vista Babelfish translated "Twiddle" I think. I have only enough Spanish to get into trouble - I can usually fake a conversation if you speak Spanish and I respond in English. My son's going to a full-immersion school partially in hopes that I'll pick some up myself!

    Thanks, Count!
  10. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    And *in best Uncle from the Jackie Chan Adventures voice* One Moooore Thing!
    Luso, this particular website's forum doesn't allow you to upload pictures or web images. You might want to ask Phil about it. Unless you're asking for help with uploading the pictures from a website to your computer, in which case, your best bet would be to seek out other more tek-sabe forum members.
    Hayes, I see. The probable problem you ran into was separating the word "twiddle" from the whole name of the Twiddlebugs. The best example I can think of would be "to twiddle your thumbs", which would roughly translate into "manuciando las manos". Also, I made a mistake with the conjugation tense for the verb "ayude". This conjugation is for the first person singular and refers to what we call a "Pretérito Incompleto" or a similitude of the past participle, because of which it most often gets preceeded by the pronoun "te" as in "te ayude" which would mean "helps you".
    And I hope this helps you both and that your night may be a good one.
  11. luso

    luso Member

    well, first, i've uploaded some pictures of the twiddlebugs here for someone who don't know yet who are the twiddlebugs.
    so, Count, three questions,
    1· what is tek-sabe?? can you translate me?
    2· what is manuciando las manos?? i never heard it
    3· for Hayes: i've added some lines to the page of the images.
    this is an good example to show the difficulty of the spanish language, maybe, probably sure, you can't undestand it, because is all about the 'maked phrases' (i'm not sure how to writte it, please count, translate FRASES HECHAS), but keep them and someday, when you can read spanish, you will laugh so much.
    And Count, you can read it, are so good, don't leave it jejeje son la leche!. maybe when you can explain better than me the meaning of that words
  12. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member


    1 The term "tek-sabe" applies to thos epeople who have infinite knowledge about working with computers. Not just writing in a word processor, posting here on the forums, uploading a picture image, but the guys who work with the intrecacies of how it's all put together and can perform a super-complicated computer related task. Bill Gates and Nick Burns (the latter from Saturday Night Live) would be good examples of this type of people.
    2 The phrase "manuciandose las manos" would mean to just keep palming your hands or passing your hands over each other in a sort of rapid yet repetetive manner. This is why I thought that it would also apply as a valid translation for the English phrase "twiddling your thumbs".
    3 Post the Spanish phrases you need/want help with and we'll do our best among us.
    Hope this helpsand have a good day.

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