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


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!

Electroencefalografista – My Spanish Word Of The Day 6/22/2017


My Spanish word of the day is the longest word in Spanish that is accepted by the RAE Diccionario de la lengua española:


electroencephalographic (EEG) technician – a person trained to do EEG scans which provide doctors with information regarding neurological and nervous system activity

I learned my Spanish word of the day while reading today’s blog post at El Blog Para Aprender Español (one of my favorite blogs).  The good bloggers at EBPAE came across this 23 letter word at another blog, El Club De Los Libros Perdidos, which has a list of  20 unusual facts about the Spanish language (20 Curiosidades Del Idioma Español Que No Conocías).

I learned at yet another blog that there are two words longer than electroencefalografista.  Professional translator Marie-Claire Cruz Schwarz writes in her September 17, 2012 blog post at Palabras that ciclopentanoperhidrofenantreno (a hydrocarbon) has 32 letters and hipopotomonstrosesquipedaliofobia (fear of pronouncing long words) has 33 letters.  Neither of these incredibly long words officially qualify as the longest Spanish word because they are not in the Royal Spanish Academy Dictionary.

Gosh, these words are just as difficult to spell as they are to pronounce!

¡Hasta la próxima!

World Refugee Day – 6/20/2017

June 20 is World Refugee Day.  Every year on June 20, the United Nations commemorates the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees.

Here is the UN Secretary General Video Message.

And here is another video presented by the UN about Yusra Mardini, member of the Refugee Olympics Athletes Team and Goodwill Ambassador for The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

You can read (in Spanish) Día Mundial del Refugiado: las cifras que sacan los colores (una vez más) al mundo at El Huffpost.  The subtitle of this article is “Una persona desplazada cada tres segundos”: nuevo récord de refugiados en 2016.

We all must do what we can to end this horrific crisis.

Acuciar – My Spanish Word Of The Day 6/15/2017

Sus padres le acuciaba para que buscara trabajo, pero no tenía mucha prisa.

¡Buenos Días!

My Spanish word of the day is:


1. to urge, to goad, to drive,  to press 

2. to hasten, to prod, to urge on, to spur  

3. to be urgent, to be in need

4. to long for, to year for

Example Sentences

Sus padres le acuciaba para que buscara trabajo, pero no tenía mucha prisa. (His parents urged him to find a job, but he wasn’t in much of a hurry.)

El deseo me acuciaba.  (I was driven by desire.)

Dieron la vuelta acuciando las caballerías con látigos y gritos.  (They turned the corner hastening and urging the horses on with whips and shouts.)

Le acucia encontrar un nuevo trabajo.  (He urgently needs to find a new job.)

Acuciar significa desear o apetecer con vehemencia.  (Acuciar means to desire or to fervently long for.)

I learned my Spanish word of the day at Una Palabra al Día which you can find at  Acuciar is their vocabulary word for today.  On Mondays they have words with definitions, Tuesdays are for words with Latin origins, on Wednesdays they present words with 2 or more definitions, Thursdays are for words considered adjectives, and on Fridays they give words that are not considered adjectives.  You can learn so much at their site.

¡Hasta pronto!



Agrado – My Spanish Word Of The Day 6/8/2017

¿Qué tal?  ¡Buenos días!

My Spanish word of the day is:


liking, pleasure, delight (enjoyment, preference, taste)

kindness, (cordiality)

gladly, willingly (graciousness, helpfulness, willingness)

Example Sentences

El chocolate suele ser del agrado de la mayoría de los niños.  (Most children usually have a taste for chocolate.)

Recibió la noticia con agrado.  (He was delighted to hear the news.)

Confieso que la comida que sirvieron en la fiesta no era de mi agrado.  (I confess that the food they served at the party was not to my liking.)

Tengo el sumo agrado de darles la bienvenida a todos a nuestra sexta conferencia.  (I have the great pleasure to welcome all of you to our 6th conference.)

Tenemos el agrado de comunicarles de estamos esperando un bebé.  (We are pleased to tell you that we’re expecting a baby.)

La verdad es que esa película no es de mi agrado.  (The truth is that movie is not to my liking.)

Procuro siempre tratar a la gente con agrado.  (I always try to treat people with kindness.)

Ayudaba a su madre con agrado.  (She gladly helped her mother.)

Lo haré con agrado.  (I will be happy to do it.)

¡Hasta la próxima!




Imperfect Subjunctive

¡Buenos días!

Today, I spent some time reviewing the conjugation of regular -ar verbs in the Imperfect Subjunctive.  Here is an example of how the verb jugar is most frequently conjugated.

yo jugara, tú jugaras, él/ella/usted jugara, nosotros/nosotras jugáramos, vosotros/vosotras jugarais, ellos/ellas/ustedes jugaran

I also learned how to make a quiz for a WordPress blog today.  Do you know which verb form completes the sentence in the Imperfect Subjunctive?

Cuando era pequeño mis padres querían que _____ al tenis.
Juegue is the Present Subjunctive form of the first person singular of the verb jugar.  This sentence requires the Imperfect Subjunctive. 

¡Hasta luego!