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

 

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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

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

                   

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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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¡Buenos días!

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!

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