El Tornillo – My Spanish Word Of The Day 2/1/2018

File:Tornillo.png ¡Hola!

My Spanish word of the day is:

el tornillo

screw, bolt

Example Sentences

  • Las patas van fijadas a la mesa con tornillos(The legs are fixed to the table with screws).
  • Pásame esos tornillos para que pueda fijar la luz al techo.  (Pass me those screws so that I can fix the light to the ceiling).
  • El uso principal de un tornillo es como sujetador enroscado usado para mantener objetos juntos.  (The principal use of a screw is as a threaded fastener used to hold two objects together). 

El Tornillo In The Torcal de Antequera Nature Park In Spain

I came across my Spanish word of the day, el tornillo, while reading A Labyrinth Of Rocks at one of the Eye On Spain blogs called Who Said That?  Who Did That?  Torcal is a limestone mountain range in which erosion has created many fantastically-shaped rocks.  One such rock has been named El Tornillo because it looks like giant screw partially threaded into the earth.  If you would like to see some photos of El Tornillo and read about the Torcal Mountains, go to Eye On Spain and look for the January 25, 2018 post at Who Said That?  Who Did That?

¡Hasta pronto!

Images Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Thinking In A Second Language Makes Us More Rational

Thomas Oliver has a blog called I Wonder Why? at Eye On Spain.  He has written a post entitled Thinking In A Second Language Makes Us More Rational.  When making a decision, we will make a less emotional and more results-oriented choice if we process the information needed to make said decision in a language other than our mother tongue.  Albert Costa, bilingualism expert at Barcelona’s Pompeu Fabra University says that using a second language to process information is good for deliberative thinking because it makes you think twice about things.

Thinking in a second language also appears to increase our tolerance for risk-taking. Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman says that our brain has two thinking systems. System One focuses on fast, instinctive, stereotypical thinking.  The brain uses System Two to process issues that require greater consideration.  We are more prone to use System One in our native language and System Two in our second language.  I am not clear on this, but I think Kahneman may be saying that we are less less comfortable taking risks when System One thinking is used.  When we take a risk using System Two thinking, we do so after it has been carefully thought through.   The pros and the cons have been more seriously evaluated, therefore, we are more comfortable and willing to take a risk.

Please Click Here to read Oliver’s blog post.



El Museo – My Spanish Word of the Day 9/6/2015

Eye On Spain has an interesting article that lists and describes Spain’s Top 10 Museos.  Included in the list, of course, is The Prado Museum, or El Museo Nacional del Prado, located in Madrid.

El Museo Nacional del Prado

El Museo Nacional del Prado es uno de los museos mas importantes del mundo.

To read about Spain’s top 10 Museums click here.