Previously, I had been familiar with parecer and parecerse as verbs. As a verb, parecer means to seem, to appear, or to look like, and parecerse means to be alike, to look alike, to appear alike. But, today I found out that when used as a noun, parecer means opinion, decision, ideas, judgement.
“Expresar la opinión es una de las múltiples posibilidades que oferece el lenguage. Para manifestar nuestro parecer, mostrar acuerdo o desacuerdo acerca de cualquier tema es importante seguir algunas formas…”
This post has great visual descriptions of the different forms one uses to express opinion.
Until today my knowledge about the use of the verb salir has been limited to meaning to leave a place, to go out on a date, and to go out and have fun. But that has changed. I just read an article about the Barrio de las Salesas at deviajepormadrid.netwhere I encountered the use of salir in a different way.
“Te presentamos el Barrio de las Salesas en Madrid, un lugar en la capital que es donde salen las grandes tendencias del momento, un lugar lleno de moda, de juventud, de nuevas tendencias donde podrás observar lo que se cuece para los próximos meses.”
So, in a nutshell, we can say Barrio de las Salesas is a fashionable, hipster neighborhood in Madrid where new trends originate (salen).
Empaparse is my Spanish word of the day. It means to immerse oneself completely in something. I discovered this word at one of my favorite blogs – Tras La Pista de Paula, which is written by Spanish actress Paula Echevarría. She wrote about how much she loves to travel in her January 25, 2016 post. She explains what delights her about travel: “¡Empaparsede culturas differentes, de la historia de un país y su gente, de recibir la energía de esa gente que te encuentras por el camino! ¡Es maravilloso!” (Immersing oneself in different cultures, in the history of a country and its people, receiving the energy of the people that you meet along the way! It’s marvelous!) I share her feelings about travel. It is truly marvelous.
Writing thispost reminds me of the famous Mark Twain quote about travel.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people sorely need it on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views on men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.”
One of his many responses to la polémica was to post, on Instagram, a photo of himself as a small boy being held by his own father while his father is fighting a bull. Rivera comes from a family of 4 generations of bullfighters.
Of course, internautas (Internet users) who consider this behavior outrageous have responded. One such response asks Rivera how he can sleep at night, not only because of the photo that he posted where he may be putting his daughter in danger, but because of the animals that are tortured in a bullfight.
On the other hand, numerous bullfighters have defended Rivera by posting photos on Twitter. Some are pictures of themselves as children in the bullring while their fathers are bullfighting. Others are pictures of themselves bullfighting while their children are present in the bullring.
Bullfighting itself is una polémica in Spain. Some are appalled by the practice, while others consider it an important part of their cultural heritage.
This lovely illustration of Spanish Adverbs of Place comes from a blog post from Hispanic Horizons. Gizelle Pereira, a student at the Hispanic Horizons School, created this drawing in order to memorize these adverbs. It is so cute!