Nocivo – My Spanish Word Of The Day 10/15/2017

¡Hola!

I just finished reading a post at La Ortografía Infinita and found a new word to add to my Spanish vocabulary.  The title of the post is 15 palabras del español que escriben mal hasta los más inteligentes.  It lists the 15 words that even the smartest people spell incorrectly and offers a quiz so that you can test your own spelling.  A new Spanish word that I learned from the test is nocivo.

Nocivo means harmful, injurious, damaging.  Here is an example sentence: El tabaco es nocivo por el alquitrán y la nicotina que contiene.  (Tobacco is harmful due to the tar and nicotine that it contains.)

You can take the test to see if you can spell the 15 Spanish words that many people often misspell at La Ortografía Infinita.

¡Hasta pronto!

 

¿Cuál es tu personaje favorito de Juego de Trono?

¡Hola!

Today, I learned the Spanish names of some of the characters on Game of Thrones.  I discovered this on Instagram at Spanish With Vicente.  The Spanish With Vicente Instagram Account is a nice place to learn Spanish!

¡Feliz lunes!

 

Buscarle Tres Pies Al Gato

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¡Buenos días!

My Spanish phrase of the day is:

buscarle tres pies al gato

to complicate matters, to make things difficult, to split hairs, to nitpick

Of course, literally, this phrase means to look for three feet on a cat.  But what one really intends to express with this idiomatic expression (modismo) is: to complicate things or to look for trouble.  It is easy to locate a four legged cat, but three legged cats are more difficult to come by!  To use some English idioms as a definition for this expression you could say: make a mountain out of a molehill or to go over something with a fine tooth comb.

No hay que buscarle tres pies al gato. (No need to go looking for trouble.)

¡Que tengáis un buen día!

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Altanero – My Spanish Word Of The Day 9/27/2017

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Me lanzó una mirada altanera y se volteó sin hacerme caso.

¿Qué tal? ¡Buenos días!

My Spanish word of the day is:

altanero/altanera

haughty, arrogant

Example Sentences

Me lanzó una mirada altanera y se volteó sin hacerme caso. (She gave me an arrogant look and turned away, ignoring me.)

No suporto al nuevo jefe: es altanero e irrespetuoso.  (I can’t stand the new boss: he is arrogant and disrespectful.)

De joven Paco era un poco altanero, pero luego aprendió la importancia de ser humilde.  (Paco was very arrogant has a young man, but later he learned the importance of humility.)

Desde lo que ascendieron, Marta se volvió muy altanera y no saluda a nadie.  (Ever since she received her promotion, Marta has become very haughty and doesn’t say hello to anyone anymore.)

¡Hasta luego!

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Desplomarse – My Spanish Word Of The Day 9/26/2017

Al enterarse de la noticia, se desplomó.

¡ Hola a todos!

My Spanish word of the day is:

desplomarse

to collapse, to fall down, to topple over

Example Sentences

Al enterarse de la noticia, se desplomó.  (Upon learning what happened, he collapsed.)

El techo de la escuela se desplomó y causó que dos tinacos cayeran dentro de un salón de clases.  (The ceiling of the school collapsed and caused two water tanks to fall into a classroom.)

El Imperio Romano se desplomó en pocos años.  (The Roman Empire toppled in a short period of time.)

Hasta aquí por hoy!

Image Credit: https://sites.psu.edu/siowfa15/2015/09/18/why-do-some-people-faint/

 

Ya And Todavía

¡Buenos días!

I found this infographic from nextlingo on PinterestYa and todavía can be very confusing.  Ya can be used to say now, yet and alreadyTodavía can be used to say yet and still.  As you can see, ya is used to indicate a change from the past to the present and todavía indicates continuity from the past to the present.

Here are a few more examples.

Ya viven en nuevo piso.  (They’re living in a new apartment now.)

Ya ha olvidado lo que hiciste.  (She has already forgotten what you did.)

¿Han llamado ya(Have they called yet?)

No lo quiere todavía. (He doesn’t want it yet.)

Llevo trabajando todo el día y todavía no he terminado.  (I’ve been working all afternoon and still have not finished.)

Ya and todavía have other meanings and uses, but this visual has helped me to begin to understand how to use these 2 adverbs.  I hope it is helpful to you as well!

¡Nos vemos!

Hasta La In Narices

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My Spanish phrase of the day is:

hasta las narices

to be fed up

Example Sentence

Estoy hasta las narices de tu desorden.  (I am fed up with your mess.)

Practica Español has a list of 78 Spanish expressions using body parts.  In addition to hasta las narices, you can find ir con pies de plomo (to tread carefully), traer de cabeza (to drive someone mad), no tener pelos en la lengua (not to mince words), sacar los ojos (to quarrel), tener el agua al cuello (to be up to one’s neck in it), and venir como anillo al dedo (to be just right).

If you would like to check out all 78 expressions, go to Practica Español and read 78 expresiones en español de la cabeza a los pies.

¡Hasta la próxma!

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Sempiterno – My Spanish Word Of The Day 8/31/2017

Desde el momento en que nació su hija, Alicia supo que su amor por ella sería sempiterno.

¡Buenos días!

My Spanish word of the day is:

sempiterno/sempiterna

eternal, everlasting, never-ending

Example Sentences

Desde el momento en que nació su hija, Alicia supo que su amor por ella sería sempiterno.  (From the moment she was born, Alicia knew that her love for her daughter would be eternal.)

En la clase de filosofía hablamos de la sempitera cuestión del significado de la vida.  (In philosophy class we talk about the eternal question of the meaning of life.)

Below is the definition from Dixio.

Sempiterno is the first word in a list of beautiful words compiled in an article at the online magazine recreoviral , which I learned about at El Blog Para Aprender Español.  In Las 25 Palabras más Bonitas del Idioma Español ¿Cuál de Todas es tu Preferida?, each word is illustrated and defined.  My favorite, of course, is sempiterno.  Why not go to recroviral and choose your favorite lovely word?

¡Hasta luego!

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