I am attempting to translate a travel advertisement for Dénia, Spain, and I am getting stuck on the catchphrase "Hay que volver a sentir".

To me this translates as "A necessary return to sensation" or "You must return to feeling". Nothing I can think of captures the essence of what I think the advertisement is trying to get across. The ad has a photo of a woman relaxing and reading on a white sand beach.

What is the meaning of "Hay que volver a sentir"?

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    – Diego
    Nov 1, 2017 at 15:51
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    Personally I would just translate as "Feel again". Sure, there might be some info lost in translation, but this translation prioritizes sense to "completeness" to get a more accurate, simpler and catchier slogan. Also, please take into account the comment above and see if you can rephrase (edit) the question to ask about the meaning or intention of the sentence rather than requesting a translation into English. Thanks.
    – Diego
    Nov 1, 2017 at 15:59
  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this should go to ELU. Nov 4, 2017 at 3:32
  • Get your groove back. Nov 4, 2017 at 3:32

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As others said in the comments, we don't translate into English, but as it seems you have a doubt with the meaning of "volver", let's focus into that.

You're using "return" as a translation. That is a valid translation in other context. We can find that meaning in the DLE:


  1. intr. Ir al lugar de donde se partió.

But in this case I think the idea with "volver" is to do something (in this case to feel) one more time. So in this case we can use this other meaning of volver:

  1. intr. Repetir o reiterar lo que antes se ha hecho. Volver A entrar, A empezar.

In this case, to repeat, or do again, something that was done before. Look at these examples:

Quiero volver a jugar -> I want to play again

No vuelvas a hacerlo -> Don't do it again

So a possible translation could be:

It's necessary to feel again


We/you need to feel (it?) again

  • Alternative: We/you need to feel (it?) again.
    – DGaleano
    Nov 1, 2017 at 18:40
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    @DGaleano incluí tu propuesta con la actualización de la respuesta Nov 1, 2017 at 19:04

The meaning is about living the sensation again. It’s about feelings or experiences; not only repeating the activity but being in that moment again. More like going back in time and going through the same experience. It’s a tough translation but I’ll give some examples and I’m sure you can capture the idea and provide a better English phrase:

Let’s live again
Let’s feel again

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