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

¡Hola!

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

electroencefalografista

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!

Rebeca – My Spanish Word Of The Day 11/29/2015

La rebeca is one of the words used in Spanish to signify cardigan.

¡Hola Spanish Language Lovers!

Did you know that rebeca is one of the words that you can use for the English word cardigan ?  The origin of the use of rebeca instead of cárdigan or chaqueta is the 1940 film Rebecca by Alfred Hitchcock.  The main female character wore a cardigan throughout most of the film.  The term rebeca became popular and was actually added to the Spanish dictionary in 1984.

As you may already know, I absolutely love this film.  I have read the novel twice in English, and I also read the novel in Spanish for the first time this summer.

I found out about the use of rebeca from my  favorite Spanish learning blog – El Blog Para Aprender Español.  On November 25, El Interesante Origen De Palabras En Español was published.  Along with the word rebeca, you can read about the origin of these words at this post: bigote, chicle, café, and grifo.  Click Here to go to this interesting blog post.

¡Hasta Pronto!

 

 

 

Se – My Spanish Word of the Day 7/9/2015

Se is a pronoun with many uses.  I just finished reading The Nine Uses of Se from El Blog Para Aprender Esapñol.  This is a wonderful blog.  Raquel and María are Spanish teachers based in Madrid who give Spanish lessons via Skype.  They also share lots of wonderful information and videos for Spanish students.

Here is a very, very brief summary of the EBPAES post.

1. Reflexive Se

Reflexive verbs are generally used when talking about the body, clothing, or feelings.

Mi hija se peina en el baño.   (She combs her hair in the bathroom.)

2. Pronominal Se

Some verbs only have a reflexive form.  A non-reflexive form does not exist.

arrepentirse –  to regret   Se arrepintió de decir eso. (He regretted saying that.)

3. Reciprocal Se

This form is used to express each other.

Se pelearon porque no se entendían.   (They fought with each other because they did not understand each other.)

4.Some verbs have a reflexive and non-reflexive form.  These verbs change their meaning when used reflexively.

admirar – to admire     admirarse – to be amazed

5. Se as an Indirect Object Pronoun

Ella se lo da.  (She gives it to him.)

6. Emphatic Se

¡Se pasó la noche conduciendo!   (She drove all night!)

7. No fault Se

El vaso se cayó.  (The glass fell down.)

8. Se Impersonal

This is a type of passive voice.  It is used to describe situations in general.  Sometimes this kind of verb has a direct object and other times it doesn’t.  If a direct object is used, it requires the personal a.

Se vive bien en Aspen.   (One lives well in Aspen.)

Se detuvo a los ladrones.   (They stopped the robbers.)

9. Passive Se

This is the true passive voice.

Se dice coche en España y carro en México.

As I said above, this has been a very brief summary.  I hope you will take the time to read the entire blog post at El Blog Para Aprender Español.

Se certainly is a multi-tasking word!