Estrépito – My Spanish Word Of The Day 4/26/2017

El estrépito despertó al bebé.

!Hola!

My Spanish word of the day is:

el estrépito

loud noise, loud crashing noise, loud racket

Example Sentences

Se me cayeron las sartenes al suelo y el estrépito despertó al bebé.  (I dropped the frying pans on the floor and the loud crash woke the baby.)

El estrépito de las trompetas de la banda se oía desde lo lejos.  (The loud noise of the band’s trumpets was heard from far away.)

Definition

Un estrépito es un ruido muy fuerte.

Synonyms

estruendo – (bang);  fragor – (roar);  ruido – (noise)

Antonym

silencio – (silence)

¡Que tengáis un buen día!

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Prórroga – My Spanish Word Of The Day 4/24/2017

¡Hola!

My Spanish word of the day is:

la prórroga

overtime (in sports)

Example Sentence

El partido terminó en empate lo que dio lugar a la prórroga.  (The game was tied so it went into overtime.)

La prórroga also means extension, postponement, deferral.

Example Sentences

Le dieron una prórroga para saldar la deuda.  (They gave him an extension so that he could settle the debt.)

Pedí una prórroga para entregar el trabajo porque no me daba tiempo.  (I asked for an extension to hand in the work because I didn’t have enough time.)

El juez rechazó una prórroga en la ejecución del detenido.  (The judge refused a deferral of the prisoner’s execution.)

Concedieron una prórroga al soldado hasta que se recuperara de la enfermedad.  (They granted the soldier a deferrment until he recovered from his illness.)

¡Feliz Lunes!

Happy Earth Day!

¡Hola!

April 22 is Earth Day and Woodward Spanish has provided some online Spanish readings, as well as a vocabulary list about caring for our planet.  In reviewing that list, I learned a new word.  My Spanish word of the day is:

la lombriz

earthworm

 

Funny Earthworm Cartoon by palomaironique
Always remember that when when a noun ends in z, you must change the z to c before adding es.  The plural of la lombriz is las lombrices

Here is an example sentence:

¡Guau!  ¡Mira cuántas lombrices salieron de la tierra después de la lluvia!   (Wow!  Look at all of the earthworms that came out of the ground after the rain!)

¡Feliz Día de la Tierra!

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Las Manoletinas – My Spanish Word Of The Day 4/20/2017

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¡Buenos Días!

My Spanish word of the day is:

las manoletinas

flat-heeled shoes, ballet flats, flats

Las manoletinas are women’s low-heeled shoes.  These shoes are similar to the kind of shoes worn by bullfighters, especially those worn for Spanish bullfighter Manolete (1917-1947).

There is a Spanish blog dedicated to flat-heeled shoes called Taconless.  Definitions for different types of flat shoes are given in the blog post entitled, ¿Cuál es la diferencia entre bailarinas, manoletinas, merceditas y francesitas?  Sonia Fleury Martín writes: las manoletinas hacen referencia al torero Manolete que usaba unos zapatos planos abiertos en sus corridas.  Las manoletinas tienen una suela más dura que las bailarinas y son más comodas… (Manoletinas are shoes based on those worn by the bullfighter Manolete, who used flat, open shoes in the bullring.  Manoletinas have a harder, more durable sole than ballet flats and are more comfortable…)

Other flat shoes mentioned in the blog post are merceditas, (flat shoes with a strap), francesitas (flats with a bow on the toe) and of course bailarinas, (flexible flat shoes or ballet flats).  You can see photos of the different types of shoes by various designers at Taconless.

¡Hasta aquí por hoy!

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Un Capullo – My Spanish Word Of The Day 4/14/2017

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un capullo

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My Spanish word of the day is:

un capullo

a flower bud

Example Sentence

Pronto se abrirán los capullos del rosal.  (The flower buds on the rose bush will open soon.)

Un capullo also means a cocoon.

Example Sentence

El gusano de seda lleva días tejiendo su capullo.  (The silkworm has been spinning its cocoon for days.)

¡Feliz Finde y Felices Pascuas!

 

Una Caricia – My Spanish Word Of The Day 4/11/2017

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A mi perro le encanta que le dé caricias.

 

¡Buenos Días!

My Spanish word of the day is:

una caricia

a pet, a stroke, a pat, a caress

Example Sentence

A mi perro le encanta que le dé caricias.  (My dog loves when I pet him.)

I learned my word of the day while watching and listening to a song on YouTube.  The song is called Geografía by Spanish pop music band La Oreja de Van Gogh.  The songwriter expresses his or her desire to invent a country with a loved one in which words like native land, flag, nation, border, race, destiny, and future have personal meaning.

Caricia, my Spanish word of the day, occurs in this section of the lyrics:

Me encantaría que nuestro país tuviera

Un arsenal inmenso de caricias bajo del mar

Para que al caer de noche yo encienda dos velas

Para invadirte por sorpresa en la intimidad.

My personal, very rough translation is: I would love for our country to have an immense arsenal of caresses under the sea, so that when night falls, I could light two candles and start a surprise intimate invasion.

You can watch Geografía by La Oreja de Van Gogh on YouTube.

SpeakingLatino.com offers a free vocabulary lesson using this song.

¡Feliz Martes!

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La Baca – My Spanish Word Of The Day 4/7/2017

¡Hola!

My Spanish word of the day is:

la baca

rack, roof rack, luggage rack, carrier

Example Sentences

Podemos poner las bicicletas en la baca del auto.  (We can put the bikes on the roof rack of the car.)

El auto pasó por un pozo y una maleta se cayó de la baca.  (The car ran over a hole and a suitcase fell from the roof rack.)

¡Hasta Luego!

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Trepidante – My Spanish Word Of The Day 4/6/2017

Después de vivir 20 años en el campo, todo en la ciudad parece moverse a un ritmo trepidante.

¡Buenas Días!

My Spanish word of the day is:

trepidante

frenetic; frantic

Example Sentence

Después de vivir 20 años en el campo, todo en la ciudad parece moverse a un ritmo trepidante. (After living in the country for 20 years, everything in the city seems to move at a frenetic pace.)

¡Hasta La Próxima!

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Buscar – My Spanish Word Of The Day – 4/1/2014

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Ve a buscar las llaves, están en la cocina.

¡Hola!

You may already know the meaning of the verb buscar as to look for.  But did you know that buscar can also mean to get?  It can mean to get something as well as to get or to pick up someone.

Example Sentences

Ve a buscar las llaves, están en la cocina.  (Go and get my keys, they’re in the kitchen.)

El taxí fue a buscarme al aeropuerto. (The taxi came to pick me up at the airport.)

¡Busca un médico rápido!

Learning this use of buscar has made things a lot clearer for me, and I hope it does the same for you as well.

¡Hasta aquí por entonces!

¡Qué tengaís un maravilloso sábado!

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