La cacofonía es la repetición de palabras o sílibas que suenan mal al oído.
I discovered la cacofonía, my Spanish word of the day, while reviewing the rules for use of definite articles. Generally, the masculine definite articles – el and los – are used with masculine nouns and the feminine definite articles – la and las – are used with feminine nouns. But there is an exception to this rule. Some singular feminine nouns use the masculine definite article – el. Two examples are el agua (the water) and el hada (the witch). Why? Because any feminine noun that begins with a stressed a or a stressed ha uses the masculine singular definite article in order to avoid cacophony or la cacofonía. In their plural forms, these two feminine nouns use the feminine plural definite article – las. As you can see, cacophony does not exist with las aguas and las hadas. Gustavo Balcázar demonstrates la cacofoniá in this SlideShare presentation: Artículos determinados.
La cacofonía is known as one of the vicios lingüísticos, or bad habits, that can occur while speaking or writing in Spanish. These are errors that impede communication and understanding. Angela María Berigán and Hellen Piza have created a PowToon presentation on YouTube that defines and explains some of the vicios lingüísticos that can occur while communicating in Spanish. In the video, you will see definitions and examples of these bad habits such as cacofonía(cacophony), pleonasmo(redundancy or pleonasm), ambigüedad(ambiguity), solecismo(grammatical error or solecism), and barbarismos(incorrect pronunciation or spelling).
In learning about la cacofonía, I came across this quirky YouTube video in English that defines cacophony. It’s a little strange, but it made me laugh.
If you watched the above video by Brandon Luu, I hope it left you smiling or laughing.
What if the language that we speak actually relates to the way that we look at reality? Here is a short video about linguistic relativity (the idea that viewpoints vary from language to language) and linguistic determinism (the idea that language determines thought) from NativLang. Does language shape the way we think? The debate among psychologists and anthropologists continues.
La alpargata es un calzado cuyo origen se remonta a iberos y romanos.
The village of Cervera del Río Alhama in the province of La Rioja, Spain has been producing las alpargatas since the 13th century. Below is a four and a half minute video about how the sole of this comfortable shoe is made.
Katy Jacoby at The Bogotá Post has put out a listof her favorite Colombian Spanish words. My absolute favorite from her list is andariego/andariega, which can be used as an adjective to mean full of wanderlust, footloose; or it can be used as a noun to mean one who is fond of traveling, wanderer, rambler, rover. You can read Katy’s list here or at The Bogotá Post.
I have another song that I would like to share with you today. It is Soy Yo by Bomba Estéreo. It’s all about authenticity and loving yourself. I discovered this song at the Transparent Language Blog. You can read the lyrics here and at Transparent Language.
While reviewing the forms and uses of the Spanish future tense, I came across a song that I really enjoy. It is a duet called Si Tú Te Vas by Dry Martina and Zenet. The song contains several verbs in the future tense. If you like, you can read the lyrics to the song here and at All About Spanglish. I hope you enjoy this song as much as I do.