Velvet Season 4 Is Now On Netflix

¡Buenos días!

As you may already know, my absolutely favorite show on Netflix is Velvet.  Season 4 came to Netflix yesterday, and I have just finished watching Episode 1.  Velvet is the story of a Romeo and Juliet romance between humble seamstress Ana Ribera (Paula Echevarría) and Galerías Velvet chief  Alberto Marquez (Miguel Ángel Silvestre) during the 1950’s and 1960’s.  With Alberto’s assistance, Ana becomes an internationally known fashion designer.

Episode 1 begins with Ana returning to Madrid after a successful European business trip.  She has seen the rise in ready to wear fashion on her travels.  She attempts to convince the current Galerías Velvet major stockholder, Enzo Cafiero (Frank Crudele), that the store needs to move with the times in order to thrive, and ready to wear fashion is the way to achieve that.

I learned a new word to add to my Spanish vocabulary in Episode 1.  It is my Spanish word of the day:


to become stagnant, to come to a standstill, to come to a halt

As an example sentence, I am including part of the dialog from this episode that Ana uses to convince Señor Cafiero that the store needs to change.  Cafiero thinks that the store should cater exclusively to the upper classes with haute couture fashion while Ana thinks that Galerías Velvet will make more money if it were to have both made to measure and and ready to wear departments.

“Las clientas de la alta sociedad van a seguir comprando en Velvet, pero las galerías se estancan y hay un púbilico ahí fuera al que solo podremos llegar si cambiamos nuestro moda de hacer cosas.” (Velvet, Season 4, Episode 1)  (The high society clients will continue to shop at Velvet, but the store has become stagnant and there is a market out there and the only way we can reach it is by changing the way we do things.)

Here is a trailer for Velvet, Season 4.

Velvet, Season 4 was aired in Spain at the end of 2016.  Although it was the final season, the producers have created a spin-off series called Velvet Colección.  I hope it is successful and eventually comes to Netflix because I am so enchanted by the characters in the original story, many of whom will be appearing in the new show.

¡Hasta luego!

Terco/Terca – My Spanish Word Of The Day 3/4/2017

Era terco y se rehusaba a reconocer que estaba equivocado.


My Spanish word of the day is:


stubborn, obstinate, hard-headed

Example Sentences

Era terco y se rehusaba a reconocer que estaba equivocado.  (He was stubborn and refused to admit that he was wrong.)

Es tan terco que se negó a dar la vuelta aunque sabía que estábamos yendo mal.  (He is so stubborn that he refused to turn around even when he knew we were going the wrong way.)

¡Hasta La Próxima!

Image Credit: Mr. Stubborn

El Atasco – My Spanish Word Of The Day 1/10/2017

Disculpen que llegue tarde.  Hubo un atasco en la autopista.

¡Hola a Todos!

My Spanish word of the day is:

el atasco

traffic jam

Example Sentence: Disculpen que llegue tarde.  Hubo un atasco en la autopista.  (Forgive me for being late.  There was a traffic jam on the freeway.)

El atasco can also mean blockage as well as obstruction and obstacle.

Parece que hay un atasco en el desagüe de la cocina.  (The kitchen drainpipe seems to be blocked.)

El mecánico tuvo que sacar el filtro de aire para quitar el atasco(The mechanic had to take out the air filter in order to clear the obstruction.)

La falta de dinero es un atasco en nuestro proyecto. (Lack of funding is an obstacle to our project.)

I hope you get through your day today without obstacles or blockages of any kind (sin atascos)!

¡Un Saludo y Hasta La Próxima Entrada!

La Nitidez – My Spanish Word Of The Day 1/2/2017

¡Hola A Todos!

My Spanish word of the day is:

la nitidez

clarity, sharpness

Example Sentence: La nitidez del agua permitía ver el fondo del mar.

I discovered this word while reading a post at La Página Del Español entitled 22 palabras que terminan en -ez.  This blog post has a fun activity where you can create words ending in -ez, and then match the new words with their definitions.

¡Hasta la próxima!

El Plano vs. El Mapa


In Spanish, el plano is a city map as well as a representation of smaller area such as a neighborhood or a college campus.  El plano is also an architect’s blueprint for a house.

el plano

El mapa is a representation of a larger space, such as a county, state, province, country, or the world.

el mapa

It is always good to remember that that although mapa ends in the letter -a, it is a masculine noun that requires a masculine pronoun.

¡Que tengáis un buen día!

Image Credits: El Plano –

El Mapa –

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.)



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!

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Pending Issues –

Earrings –




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:



Suede Skirt: Beauty Walks ( photo –