Ser Más Listo Que El Hambre

¡Hola a Todos!

My Spanish phrase of the day is:

Ser más listo que el hambre

to be clever, ingenious, sharp as a tack

Hunger can sharpen your thinking, causing you to find food in clever and ingenious ways if need be.

Ser más listo que el hambre es una expresión que viene a ser sinómino de muy listo.

¡Hasta la proxima!
Image Credit: https://goo.gl/images/rVwtvh

Pendiente – My Spanish Word Of The Day 11/8/2016

¡Hola Amigos!

My Spanish word of the day is pendiente, which is a noun that has both masculine and feminine forms. The meaning of this word changes according to the gender. In the masculine form, el pendiente means 2 different things – pending and earring.

Example Sentences

Todavía tenemos muchos asuntos pendientes. (We still have many issues pending.)

Todavía tenemos muchos asuntos pendientes.

Le voy a regalar a mi mamá unos pendientes hermosos. (I am going to give my mother a pair of beautiful earrings.)

Le voy a regalar a mi mamá unos pendientes hermosos.

In the feminine form, la pendiente means slope.

Example Sentence

Subimos el pendiente en bicicleta. (We cycled up the slope.)

 

 

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Subimos el pendiente en bicicleta.

Pendiente is just one of many Spanish nouns that have 2 genders and different definitions. Here are a few others:

el cólera (cholera)                  la cólera (rage)

el editorial (editorial)           la editorial (publisher)

el manzano (apple tree)       la manzana (apple)

el frente (front)                     la frente (forehead)

el orden (order)                       la orden (request)

el cometa (comet)                  la cometa (kite)

el cura (priest)                         la cura (cure)

That’s all for today!

¡Feliz martes!

Image Credits:

Pending Issues – https://goo.gl/images/X4VVN8

Earrings – https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/74/Shadowkite-earrings-lc.jpg

 

 

 

Ante – My Spanish Word Of The Day 11/7/2016

¡Buenos Días!

Ante is an interesting word. Until today, I only knew it as a preposition meaning before.  As a preposition, it also means in the face of and compared to.

Example Sentences

1.) El acusado se declaró no cupable ante el tribunal. (The accused pleaded not guilty before the court.)

2.) Tienes que crecerte ante la adversidad para tener éxito a largo plazo. (You have to grow stronger in the face of adversity in order to succeed in the long run.)

3.) Ante tu problema, el mío es una tontería. (Compared to your problem, mine seems silly.)

But ante is also a masculine noun with more than one meaning. El ante means both elk and moose.

Example Sentences

1.) Las astas de los antes pueden elevarse 1.2 metros por encima de sus cabezas. (Elk antlers can extend 1.2 meters above their heads.)

2.) Los antes son los cérvidos más grandes. (Moose are the largest members of the deer family.)

Rocky Mountain Bull Elk.jpg
el ante – elk
Moose superior.jpg
el ante – moose

And ante has yet another meaning, and that is suede.

Example Sentence

Hoy llevo falda de ante abotonada. (Today I am wearing a front-button suede skirt.)

el ante – suede

¡Hasta aquí por hoy!

Image Credits:

Elk: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elk#/media/File:Rocky_Mountain_Bull_Elk.jpg

Moose: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moose#/media/File:Moose_superior.jpg

Suede Skirt: Beauty Walks (www.beautywalks.com) photo – https://myspanishwordoftheday.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/4480b-falda2bde2bante2babotonada2b252822529.jpg

El Pirulí/La Piruleta – My Spanish Word Of The Day 11/4/2015

el pirulí

¡Hola!

My Spanish word of the day is:

el pirulí or la piruleta

both mean lollipop

El pirulí is conical shaped, while la piruleta is a round lollipop.  Concerning el pirulí, the plural form is los pirulís.  Usually, with words that end in í or ú, you can choose to form the plural with either s or es.  For example, the plural of maniquí (mannequin) can be either maniquís or maniquíes and the plural of tabú can be either tabús or tabúes. But, there are exceptions to this rule and los pirulís is one of them.  Other exceptions are el champú/los champús and el menú/los menús.

Of course, the plural of la piruleta is las piruletas.

la piruleta

Interestingly, El Pirulí is also the name of a television tower in Madrid.

File:Piruli.jpg
Torrespaña (El Pirulí)

Other words for lollipop are: chupete (Bolivia and Guatemala), paraqüitas (Chile), pico dulce (Chile), and chupirul (Mexico)

¡Hasta aquí por hoy!

Images:

el pirulí – https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pirul%C3%AD#/media/File:Pirul%C3%AD.jpg

la piruleta – https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3602/3517735153_1d68519aea_z.jpg?zz=1

tower – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Piruli.jpg