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

 

 

 

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

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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!

 

Nocivo – My Spanish Word Of The Day 10/15/2017

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I just finished reading a post at La Ortografía Infinita and found a new word to add to my Spanish vocabulary.  The title of the post is 15 palabras del español que escriben mal hasta los más inteligentes.  It lists the 15 words that even the smartest people spell incorrectly and offers a quiz so that you can test your own spelling.  A new Spanish word that I learned from the test is nocivo.

Nocivo means harmful, injurious, damaging.  Here is an example sentence: El tabaco es nocivo por el alquitrán y la nicotina que contiene.  (Tobacco is harmful due to the tar and nicotine that it contains.)

You can take the test to see if you can spell the 15 Spanish words that many people often misspell at La Ortografía Infinita.

¡Hasta pronto!

 

¿Cuál es tu personaje favorito de Juego de Trono?

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Today, I learned the Spanish names of some of the characters on Game of Thrones.  I discovered this on Instagram at Spanish With Vicente.  The Spanish With Vicente Instagram Account is a nice place to learn Spanish!

¡Feliz lunes!

 

Buscarle Tres Pies Al Gato

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My Spanish phrase of the day is:

buscarle tres pies al gato

to complicate matters, to make things difficult, to split hairs, to nitpick

Of course, literally, this phrase means to look for three feet on a cat.  But what one really intends to express with this idiomatic expression (modismo) is: to complicate things or to look for trouble.  It is easy to locate a four legged cat, but three legged cats are more difficult to come by!  To use some English idioms as a definition for this expression you could say: make a mountain out of a molehill or to go over something with a fine tooth comb.

No hay que buscarle tres pies al gato. (No need to go looking for trouble.)

¡Que tengáis un buen día!

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Hasta La In Narices

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My Spanish phrase of the day is:

hasta las narices

to be fed up

Example Sentence

Estoy hasta las narices de tu desorden.  (I am fed up with your mess.)

Practica Español has a list of 78 Spanish expressions using body parts.  In addition to hasta las narices, you can find ir con pies de plomo (to tread carefully), traer de cabeza (to drive someone mad), no tener pelos en la lengua (not to mince words), sacar los ojos (to quarrel), tener el agua al cuello (to be up to one’s neck in it), and venir como anillo al dedo (to be just right).

If you would like to check out all 78 expressions, go to Practica Español and read 78 expresiones en español de la cabeza a los pies.

¡Hasta la próxma!

Image Credit: IELE-Spanish Courses/Pinterest/Google Images

Spanish Affirmative Irregular Tú Commands

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Some  informal commands in Spanish are irregular in the affirmative.  These occur with the pronoun .  These commands are: poner – pon,  decir – di,  hacer – haz,  salir – sal, tener – ten,  venir – ven,  ser – sé,  ir – ve.  Below are some example sentences using each of these eight verbs.

Pon la mesa.  (Set the table.)

Di la verdad.  (Tell the truth.)

Haz la cama.  (Make the bed.)

Sal de aquí.  (Get out of here.)

Ten cuidado.  (Be careful.)

Ven aquí.  (Come here.)

valiente.  (Be brave.)

Ve a la casa.  (Go to the house.)

I have created some review and practice materials using these commands for Teachers Pay Teachers.   Spanish Irregular Informal Tú Commands is a 45 page booklet of worksheets and handouts.  Spanish Affirmative Irregular Tú Commands Challenge Digital Boom Cards is an Internet activity that is available at both Teachers Pay Teachers and Boom Learning.

If you would like to preview these materials, go to Loving Learning Languages at Teachers Pay Teachers.

¡Hasta luego!

Afanoso – My Spanish Word Of The Day 7/22/2017

De los tres hombres que le ayudaban a mi papá en el campo, Oriol era el más afanoso.

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My Spanish word of the day is:

afanoso/afanosa

1. industrious, hard-working, dedicated, a person who works hard

2. a difficult, hard, arduous type of work

 

Example Sentences

De los tres hombres que le ayudaban a mi papá en el campo, Oriol era el más afanoso.  (Of the three men who helped my father in the field, Oriol was the most hard-working.)

Limpiar el tanque séptico es una tarea afanoso. (Cleaning the septic tank is hard work.)

¡Hasta la próxima!

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons