Interactive Music Map

¡Buenos Días!

The Pudding has created an interactive music map with audio where you can listen to 3,000 songs that were Number 1 on December 17, 2017.  In Spain (my favorite country!) there were 2 songs that made Number 1 that day: Èchame la Culpa by Luis Fonsi and Demi Lovato, and Perfect by Ed Sheeran.  Go to https://pudding.cool/2018/01/music-map/ to see the map and listen to the songs.

I have just discovered The Pudding.  It explores ideas in culture with visual essays.  How cool is that?  So, I just wanted to let you know about the music map.  Hope you are having a good day!

¡Hasta pronto!

 

 

Carámbano – My Spanish Word Of The Day 1/13/2018

¡Buenos Días!

My Spanish word of the day is:

el carámbano

icicle

Example Sentences

Cuando camines cerca de los edificios, ten cuidado con los carámbanos(When walking close to the buildings, be careful of the icicles.)

Los carámbanos tapaban la entrada.  (The icicles covered the entrance.)

El carámbano se derrite más rápido de lo que pensamos.  (The icicle is melting faster than we thought it could.)

Idiom

An idiom (modismo) using carámbano is estar hecho un carámbano or quedarse hecho un carámbano.  (To be or to get frozen stiff.) 

Example Sentence

Si vas a salir, ponte dos abrigos porque hace mucho frío y puedes quedarte un carámbano.  (If you are going out, put on two coats because it’s so cold that you’ll get frozen stiff.)

Weather Vocabulary

PROFE Spanish is a YouTube channel designed to teach both children and all beginners Spanish vocabulary.  Here is the Weather Vocabulary Video, which is called El tiempo en español – Meterología y vocabulario climático.

¡Feliz día!

Image Credit: Wikipedia Commons

El Roscón – My Spanish Word Of The Day 1/6/2018

 

¡Buenos días!

My Spanish word of the day is:

el roscón

ring-shaped cake eaten on January 6

On January 6th, many people in Spain and Latin America celebrate Three Kings Day or Epiphany with a Roscón de Reyes (Three Kings Cake).  This holiday is the 12th day of Christmas and celebrates the arrival of the 3 wise men in Bethlehem bearing gifts for the baby Jesus.  Children look forward to this special day because gifts are exchanged.  Afterwards, families enjoy a breakfast of Roscón de Reyes.  This delicious cake has a round shape symbolizing a king’s crown.  It is topped with fruit to represent the precious gems that adorned the clothing of the wise men.  A small plastic king as well as a plastic faba bean are hidden within the cake.  Whoever gets the slice of cake with the small king will receive a year’s worth of good luck.  But, the person that gets the slice with the faba bean has to pay for the roscón!

The Devour Madrid blog has a short article in English about this Christmas holiday celebration.

¡Hasta la próxima!

Image Credit:      Flickr – Roscón de Reyes by atuperlu

Ingobernable – My Spanish Word Of The Day 12/12/2017

¡Hola amigos!

My Spanish word of the day is ingobernable (ungovernable, rebellious) because I have just become hooked on this Netflix original series starring Kate del CastilloIngobernable is a political thriller in which the fictional president of Mexico dies during a violent confrontation with his wife.  The first lady is on the run.  Although I am only up to episode 3 thus far, it seems clear to me that her rebellious flight is about much more than saving her own skin.

I love the story of first lady Emilia Urquiza fleeing from government officials, but I am also enchanted by 2 other aspects of the show.  As someone who loves fashion, the first thing that I am struck by are the suits that Eréndira Ibarra wears as she portrays Ana Vargas-West, Chief of Staff of the Presidents Office.  These power suits chosen by costumer Carolina De La Torre have an edge to them.  Fashionista that I am, I look forward to seeing what Ms. Ibarra is wearing in each episode.  The second feature of the show that I really love is the haunting theme song.  Me Verás is performed by the Mexican-American musical group La Santa Cecilia.  Once you hear it, it’s really hard to get it out of your head!

If you happen to watch Ingobernable on Netflix, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

¡Hasta la próxima entrada!

El Remanso – My Spanish Word Of The Day 12/5/2017

                   

¡Buenos Días!

My Spanish word of the day is:

el remanso

haven, oasis (place)

pool, backwater (body of water)

Example Sentences

El monasterio es un remanso de paz.  (The monastery is a peaceful haven.) (The monastery is an oasis of peace.)

Sacaron las cañas y se pusieron a pescar en el remanso del río.  (They took out their fishing poles and started fishing in the pool of the river.)

¡Que tengáis un buen día!

Image Credits:

Monastery – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monastery

Pool of Water – https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mato_Grosso

 

 

 

La Sirga – My Spanish Word Of The Day 11/29/2017

¡Hola!

My Spanish word of the day is:

la sirga

towrope, towline, rope

Here is the definition of la sirga from diccionarios.com.  Una sirga es “un cabo grueso que sirve para tirar las redes, para arrastrar embarcaciones desde la tierra, en especial en la navigación fluvial, y para otras labores”.  ( A towrope is a thick rope or cable used to throw fishing nets, pull watercraft away from dry land, especially in river navigation, and for other tasks.)

I learned my Spanish word of the day by watching the 2012 film La Sirga, which is available at Amazon Prime.  This is the story of a young woman who escapes a war in Colombia to live with estranged relatives.  She is not welcomed with open arms.  The stunning photography and slowly paced storytelling allow the viewer to experience the sadness, the frustrations, and the many other emotions that the characters are feeling.  Below is the trailer from the Toronto International Film Festival.

¡Esto es todo por hoy!  ¡Feliz día!

 

Impermeabilizante – My Spanish Word Of The Day 11/15/2017

¡Hola!

My Spanish word of the day is:

impermeabilizante

waterproofing process; waterproofing product

I discovered my word of the day at Fluent U while reading Tricks To Tackle The Top 10 Hardest Spanish Words To Pronounce.  Impermeabilizante is #1!  The number of syllables and the vowel diphthong make it tough to pronounce.

If you would like a challenging reading practice, the PAQSA Blog has a post about how to choose a waterproofing product: El mejor impermeabilizante – cómo elegirlo.

If you’re in the mood for a video, you can get some listening practice with a video from The Home Depot México about how to apply impermeabilizante to a roof called Cómo impermeabilizar.

¡Feliz miércoles!

 

Pichi – My Spanish Word Of The Day 11/7/2017

¡Buenos Días!

My Spanish word of the day is:

pichi

jumper or pinafore dress

Example Sentence

Un pichi es una prenda de vestir femenina semejante a un vestido sin manchas, con sisas escotadas y sin cuello, que se pone encima de una blusa o suéter; es parte de numerosos uniformes de colegios.  ( A jumper or pinafore is a feminine garment similar to a sleeveless, collarless dress with low-cut armholes; it is part of numerous primary school uniforms.)

¡Feliz martes!

Image Credit: gl.wikipedia.org