¿Cuál Es La Fecha De Hoy?

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¡Hola!

Did you know that there are 6 ways to ask what the date is in Spanish?  Here they are:

  1. ¿Cuál es la fecha de hoy?
  2. ¿Qué fecha es?
  3. ¿A cuánots estamos hoy?
  4. ¿Qué día es hoy?
  5. ¿A qué fecha estamos?
  6. ¿A cuántos estamos?

Always remember that Spanish people use this order to express dates with numbers: day/month/year (16/08/2017 or 16.08.2017).  Today’s date is written as 16 de agosto del 2017.  The spoken version of today’s date is: “Hoy es el dieciséis de agosto del año dos mil diecisitete”.

¡Feliz miércoles!

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El Chiringuito – My Spanish Word Of The Day 8/11/2017

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Me gusta comprar helado al chiringuito.

 ¡Hola!

My Spanish word of the day is:

el chiringuito

refreshment stand, snack bar, beach bar

Example Sentences

Ignacio salió del mar y fue al chiringuito a comprar un refresco.  (Ignacio came out of the sea and went to the refreshment stand to buy a soda.)

Un chiringuito es un quiosco o puesto de bebidas al aire libre.  ( A refreshment stand is a kiosk or open air place where you can buy drinks.)

En la playa lo que más me gusta es ir a tomarme una cerveza al chiringuito.  (My favorite thing to do at the beach is to get a beer at the beach bar.)

Un chiringuito es una construcción pequeña, hecha con materiales ligeros, para la venta de bebidas y comidas. (A refreshment stand is a small building, made with light materials, for the sale of food and drinks.)

¡Hasta la próxima!

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Chispear – My Spanish Word Of The Day 8/10/2017

¡Buenos días!

My Spanish word of the day is:

chispear

to drizzle, to rain lightly (weather)

to spark or throw out sparks (electricity)

to sparkle (shine)

Example Sentences

No abras el paraguas, de momento sólo chispea.  (Don’t open the umbrella, it is only lightly raining.)

Los cables de tendido de alta tensión chispean.  (The high voltage wires are sparking/throwing out sparks.)

Ese enchufe chispea.  Ve a cortar la luz para examinarlo.  (This socket is sparking.  Go and turn off the electricity so we can check it.)

Sus ojos chispeaban con ilusión.  (Her eyes shone with hope.)

Las estrellas chispeaban en el firmamento de aquella despejada noche de verano.  (The stars sparkled in the sky on that clear summer night.)

Sólo chispeaba, así que me dejé el paraguas en casa.  (It was only drizzling, so I left my umbrella at home.)

No está lloviendo, chispea un poco.  (It’s not raining, just drizzling a little.)

I learned my Spanish word for today on Instagram.  I am following alwaysnachotime  where Nacho, from Nacho Time Spanish, posts short audio conversations which you can repeat out loud and memorize in order to internalize sentence structures that are new to you.  He calls these posts deliberate practice exercises.  They are created for people like myself who often understand everything that people say to us, but experience a brain freeze when attempting to continue the conversation.  He describes people like myself as being in “Intermediate Spanish Purgatory”.  I am so there!  People in this place consume (read and listen to) more Spanish than they produce (speak and write.) The repetition and internalization of sentences helps train your brain to accept expressions that you are not used to.  It activates different parts of you brain from those that are activated by reading and listening.  You can learn all about this at Nacho Time Spanishitsnachotime.com 

Here is a video that explains this deliberate practice brain training technique.

I am very grateful to Nacho for these deliberate practice exercises, and I am so happy to have learned my Spanish word of the day – chispear.

¡Hasta pronto!

Spanish Affirmative Irregular Tú Commands

¡Buenos días!

Some  informal commands in Spanish are irregular in the affirmative.  These occur with the pronoun .  These commands are: poner – pon,  decir – di,  hacer – haz,  salir – sal, tener – ten,  venir – ven,  ser – sé,  ir – ve.  Below are some example sentences using each of these eight verbs.

Pon la mesa.  (Set the table.)

Di la verdad.  (Tell the truth.)

Haz la cama.  (Make the bed.)

Sal de aquí.  (Get out of here.)

Ten cuidado.  (Be careful.)

Ven aquí.  (Come here.)

valiente.  (Be brave.)

Ve a la casa.  (Go to the house.)

I have created some review and practice materials using these commands for Teachers Pay Teachers.   Spanish Irregular Informal Tú Commands is a 45 page booklet of worksheets and handouts.  Spanish Affirmative Irregular Tú Commands Challenge Digital Boom Cards is an Internet activity that is available at both Teachers Pay Teachers and Boom Learning.

If you would like to preview these materials, go to Loving Learning Languages at Teachers Pay Teachers.

¡Hasta luego!

Hacer Pellas – My Spanish Phrase Of The Day 7/26/2017

¡Muy buenos días!

My Spanish phrase of the day is:

hacer pellas

to play hooky, to be absent, to cut class

Example Sentence

Me arrepiento de haber hecho pellas en el bachillerato.  (I regret having played hooky in high school.)

Set Phrases on SlideShare

Hacer pellas is one of the many phrases that are exemplified in the SlideShare presentation below created by Amanda Salt.  It is entitled Jerga y frases hechas.

This presentation is a fun introduction to many Spanish set phrases.

¡Hasta la próxima!

Afanoso – My Spanish Word Of The Day 7/22/2017

De los tres hombres que le ayudaban a mi papá en el campo, Oriol era el más afanoso.

¡Hola!

My Spanish word of the day is:

afanoso/afanosa

1. industrious, hard-working, dedicated, a person who works hard

2. a difficult, hard, arduous type of work

 

Example Sentences

De los tres hombres que le ayudaban a mi papá en el campo, Oriol era el más afanoso.  (Of the three men who helped my father in the field, Oriol was the most hard-working.)

Limpiar el tanque séptico es una tarea afanoso. (Cleaning the septic tank is hard work.)

¡Hasta la próxima!

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Acantilado – My Spanish Word Of The Day 7/21/2017

Slieve League son unos de los acantilados más altos de Europa.

¡Buenos días!

My Spanish word of the day is:

el acantilado

cliff, bluff (masculine noun)

acantilado/acantilada

steep (adjective)

My Spanish word of the day comes from my reading practice using the travel blog Lo Mejor De Viajar.  On 7/16/2017,  blog author Sandra published an interesting post about her 7 day car trip through Ireland.  During her journey, she visited Los Acantilados de Moher, as well as another famous area of cliffs called Slieve League, some of the tallest cliffs in Europe.  Nuestra Ruta En Coche Por Irlanda at Lo Mejor De Viajar gives many great tips about traveling around Ireland.

¡Hasta luego!

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Echar- To Throw In And To Throw Out

¡Buenos días!

The verb echar has so many different meanings.  Interestingly, it is used to express both to throw in and to throw out.

Example Sentences

Esta comida ya está caducada.  Échala en la basura.  (This food is spoiled.  Throw it in the garbage.)

Lo echaron del bar por no pagar su cuenta.  (They threw him out of the bar because he could not pay his bill.)

The Spanish learning YouTube channel Mextalki DE offers a funny video about some different meanings of echar, as well as some idiomatic expressions.  It is called Learn Spanish by Listening: (Beginner) Verbs and Special Meanings (E) Subs esp/eng.

Here are a few expressions with echar that I learned in this video.

echar de ganasto put in a good effort – Si le echas de ganas, estoy seguro que vas a pasar.  (If you put in a good effort (at studying), I am sure that you will pass (the test).

echar a perderto spoil something – ¿Le contaste?  Lo echaste a perder.  You told her (about the party).  You spoiled it (the surprise).

echar la culpato blame – A mí no me echas la culpa.  (Don’t blame me.)

The folks in this video have a nice sense of humor and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

¡Feliz viernes!

 

 

 

Las Tantas – My Spanish Word Of The Day 6/26/2017

¡Hola!

My Spanish word of the day is:

las tantas

very late at night, the early hours of the morning, the wee hours 

Example Sentences

Como es sábado, vamos a quedarnos en la discoteca hasta las tantas.  (Since it’s Saturday, let’s stay until the early morning hours at the discotheque.)

Llegamos de la boda a las tantas de la madrugada.  (We got back from the wedding in the wee hours of the morning.)

Fuimos a una fiesta y volvimos a las tantas.  (We went to a party and returned very late at night/ in the early hours of the morning.)

I have been exploring the Buscapalabras website with las tantas.  It is a word finder for Scrabble and similar word games.  So, here is more than you would ever want to know about the noun las tantas. ☺

There are 91 words that rhyme with tantas.  A few of them are llantas (tires, wheel rims), achantas (present indicative tú form of achantar – to intimidate, to humiliate, to frighten),  and entreplantas (mezzanines).

10 words have the many of same letters as tantas.  Ananás (pineapples) and santas (saints) are two of them.

5 names have the many of the same letters as tantas.  They are: Ana, Anna, Tana, Natán and Satán.

I couldn’ t find any synonyms or antonyms of las tantas at Bucapalabras.  But the noun el tanto (point, goal) does have some synonyms such as punto (sports point), cantidad (number), gol (sports goal).   By the way, it is very easy to confuse the nouns las tantas and el tanto with the these adjectives and adverbs: tanto, tanta, tantos, tantas.  The adjective form means so much and so many. The adverbial form means so long (time) and so much.

Well that is more than enough information about words related to las tantas!  I will end with a definition of my word of the day.  It is a feminine noun used in the plural form as a colloquial expression and according to Oxford Living Dictionaries it means una hora muy avanzada, especialmente de la noche.

¡Hasta luego!