Monday, 31 January 2011

Rollo

La palabra de hoy es: 'rollo' = roll/ reel... also used to describe someone or something as real 'bore'/ 'drag'... or indicate good/ bad feelings/ 'vibes'

Ejemplos:
  • Un rollo de papel higiénico
  • ¡Que rollo de canción!
  • Contigo nunca ha habido mal rollo
Have a look at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmRw1GRrjEM (Otro Rollo was a variety show on Mexican TV).
 
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Sunday, 30 January 2011

Humor

La palabra de hoy es: 'humor' = humor... it seems funny (excuse the pun!) writing exactly the same word in both Spanish and English. Remember, the word is pronouced differently in Spanish!

Note: 'Humor' is also commonly used to translate the English word: 'mood'. See the example below.

Ejemplo:
  • Pedro está de mal humor (Pedro is in a bad mood)
Have a look at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8rjr4jmWd0
 
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Saturday, 29 January 2011

Ojo

La palabra de hoy es: 'ojo' = eye... this word is also used in expressions which warn or draw someone's attention to something.

Ejemplos:
  • Ojos azules
  • ¡Ojo, el exceso de velocidad es muy peligroso!
Have a look at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAlTlcXGGe4
 
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Friday, 28 January 2011

Vuelta

La palabra de hoy es: 'vuelta' (meanings relate to the verb 'volver' = to come back/ to go back/ to return)

Ejemplos:
  • ¿Estás de vuelta ya? (Are you back already?)
  • Billete de ida y vuelta (Return ticket)
Have a look at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32zzHjhTzFY
 
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Thursday, 27 January 2011

Sueño

La palabra de hoy es: 'sueño' =dream/ sleep... used in all sorts of 'sleep' and 'feeling sleepy' meanings (see examples below).

Ejemplos:
  • Su sueño era ser cantante (his/ her dream was...)
  • El sueño eterno (eternal sleep/ euphemism)
  • Estoy cansado y tengo sueño (I am tired and feel sleepy)
Have a look at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrnMUROy5vY
 
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Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Vida

La palabra de hoy es: 'vida' = life
Ejemplo:
  • La vida hay que vivirla
Have a look at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxwMjB-Skao
 
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Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Vamos

La palabra de hoy es: 'vamos' (del verbo ir) = we go/ let's go
Ejemplo:
  • Vamos a la playa
Have a look at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuRgEXGkFXY
 
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Monday, 24 January 2011

Travieso

La palabra de hoy es: 'travieso' = mischievous/ naughty
Ejemplo:
  • Un niño travieso
Have a look at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gu_KLLNdPfQ (a light hearted/ full of mischief song)
 
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Sunday, 23 January 2011

Hermoso

La palabra de hoy es: 'hermoso' =beautiful/ lovely
Ejemplo:
  • Una canción my hermosa
Have a look at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wbr5Dk5gy-s
The song's lyrics mention:
  • The camel's owner... who is he?
  • A playing card... which one?

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Saturday, 22 January 2011

Libre

La palabra de hoy es: 'libre' = free
Ejemplo:
  • ¿Estás libre?
Be careful:
  • 'free' (inglés) = 'libre' y 'gratis' (two different meanings of 'free')
  • Estoy libre y soy libre (two different expressions of: I am free)


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Friday, 21 January 2011

Jamás

La palabra de hoy es: 'jamás' = never
Ejemplo:
  • Jamás te había visto como hoy


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Thursday, 20 January 2011

Corazón

La palabra de hoy es: 'corazón' = heart
Ejemplos:
  • El corazón es un órgano vital
  • Esa es una revista del corazón
Related word: 'corazonada' = feeling/ hunch


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Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Tiempo

La palabra de hoy es: el 'tiempo' = time... but also the weather!
Ejemplos:
  • Necesito tiempo para descansar
  • ¿Qué tiempo hace hoy en Barcelona?
NB: Should not use this word when asking: what is the time? (¿Qué hora es?)


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Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Cielo

La palabra de hoy es: 'cielo' = sky/ heaven... sweetheart/ darling
Ejemplo:
  • Hoy el cielo está nublado
  • ¡Eres un cielo!


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Monday, 17 January 2011

Oye

La palabra de hoy es: 'oye'/ 'oiga' = excuse me!/ hey!
Ejemplo:
  • ¡Oiga, por favor...! {trying to attract someone's attention}


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Sunday, 16 January 2011

Lluvia

La palabra de hoy es: 'lluvia' = rain


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Saturday, 15 January 2011

Cariño

La palabra de hoy es: 'Cariño' = love/ affection... also dear/ love/ honey/ darling
Ejemplos:
  • Siento un cariño especial por esa persona
  • Vuelve pronto, cariño
Try listening to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rc-eVjjZXjQ. Have a look at the lyrics... see how many spelling errors (faltas de ortografía) you can spot!

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Thursday, 13 January 2011

Cumpleaños

"Cumpleaños" = "birthday" (often shortened to just: "cumple").
Not to be mixed up/ confused with: birth date/ date of birth = fecha de nacimiento
Try listening to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5A38qUOJVgM
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Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Mañana

En su día, quizás la palabra en español más internacional: "mañana" = "tomorrow"/ "the morning"
Ejemplos:
  • Mañana es jueves
  • La mañana es lo mejor del día
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Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Gustar

La palabra del día es: gustar (verbo) = to like
Ejemplos:
  • Me gusta jugar a fútbol
  • ¿Te gusta el fútbol?
  • A Pedro le gustan las fiestas
Try listening to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzgjiPBCsss
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Monday, 10 January 2011

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Thursday, 6 January 2011

Reyes

La fiesta de 'reyes'... un día especial, sobre todo en el calendario infantil.
Las cartas a los reyes, normalmente más serias que la que sigue:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29xE9FlHno8&feature=related

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Amistad

La palabra de hoy es: amistad = friendship
Al igual que otros nombres terminados en -tad, es de género femenino

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Amor


The word of the day is: 'amor'= love.

The Spanish word 'amor' is a masculine noun of Latin origin. The Enlish meaning of 'amor' could be:
  1. A feeling, love. That is a strong feeling of attraction towards another being. A feeling which means care, softness and sexual attraction and gives us immense joy, happiness and energy.
  2. A person, a 'loved one'.

A related action word/ verb is: 'amar'. The English meaning of the verb 'amar' is to have feelings of love for someone or something.


A related describing word/ adjective is: 'amoroso'/ a' which can be used to describe a person or action as being:
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Lovely
  • Beautiful

The adjectives 'amorosa'/ 'amorosas' are also used in a couple expressions the meaning of which is love relationships. The two espressions in question are:
  • 'vida amorosa'
  • 'relaciones amorosas'

 

How To Say 'I Love You' in Spanish 

The three-word sentence: 'I love you' is perhaps the most romantic thing you can say in English. The equivalent sentence in Spanish requires not three, but only two words:

  • Te amo
  • Te quiero

Please note that:
  • The words 'amo' and 'quiero' in these expressions mean 'I love'.
  • The word 'te' means 'you'.
  • In some regions, 'te amo' has become heavily associated with over dramatic TV 'soaps' and is rarely used.
  • The expression 'te quiero' is more commonly used by everyone (lovers, couples, parents and children, etc.)
  • A very emphasised form of 'te quiero' can be used to indicate a more passionate or intimate love.
  • The expression 'te quiero' (literally 'I want you'), will often mean something different when not on its own, for example, 'te quiero ver' really means: I want to see you.

Anther expression commonly used to say 'I love you' in Spanish is:
  • Te adoro: I love you/ I adore you

 

Other Words For Love in Spanish

Words which can be used in Spanish to mean love are:
  • Alma: soul, but a commonly used expression is: 'mi alma', meaning my love.
  • Amado: beloved/ dear/ sweetheart. The use of this word is not quite so common in some regions.
  • Amante: lover/ sweetheart/ darling, but also an extra-marital lover, when talking about a third person!
  • Cariño: love/ affection/ sweetheart/ darling. This is a very common word for sweetheart in some regions, often shortened to just: 'cari'!
  • Cielo: heaven, but commonly used expressions are: 'cielo' or 'mi cielo', meaning: my love/ sweetheart/ darling.
  • Corazón: heart, but commonly used expressions are: 'corazón' or 'corazón mío', meaning: my love/ sweetheart/ darling.
  • Querido: dear/ sweetheart/ darling, but also an extra-marital lover, when talking about a third person!
  • Recuerdos: regards, but used also to mean: love. For example: 'Ana te manda recuerdos' (Ana sends you her regards/ love)
  • Vida: life, but commonly used expressions are: 'mi vida' or 'vida mía', meaning: my love/ sweetheart/ darling.



Other Expressions of Love in Spanish

Other expressions of love are:
  • Abrázame : hug me!
  • Bésame: kiss me!
  • ¡Dime que me quieres!: tell me that you love me!
  • Eres guapísimo: You are very handsome (you say it to a male)
  • Eres guapísima: You are very pretty/ beautiful (you say it to a female)
  • Estoy enamorado de ti: I am in love with you (if you are a male)
  • Estoy enamorada de ti: I am in love with you (if you are a female)
  • Estoy loco por ti: I am crazy about you (if you are a male)
  • Estoy loca por ti: I am crazy about you (if you are a female)
  • ¡Hagamos el amor!: Let's make love!
  • Me encantas: I like you (strong like/ attraction)
  • Me fascinas: I like you (strong like/ attraction/ fascination)
  • Me gustas: I like you
  • Me gustas mucho: I like you very much (strong like/ attraction)
  • No puedo vivir sin ti: I cannot live without you
  • Quiero hacer el amor contigo: I want to make love to you
  • Te echo de menos: I miss you
  • Te he echado de menos: I have been missing you
  • Te necesito: I need you

Love Sayings in Spanish ('Refranes')

Love, lovers and falling in love figure strongly in Spanish proverbs ('refranes') - there are some well known Spanish sayings on the subject - 'dice el refrán que':
  • El amor es ciego (love is blind)
  • Amor, una palabra pequeña para un sentimiento grande (love, a small word but a big feeling. The saying compares the feeling of love, which is a very big feeling with the word which represents it, which, by contrast, is very small)
  • En la guerra y el amor todo vale (all is fair in love and war)
  • Entre los amores verdaderos, el más fino es el primero (of all true loves, the first is the finest, in other words, no love is ever as good as the first one)
  • Hasta la sepultura el amor fuerte dura (strong love lasts a lifetime, in other words, true love does not fade away with time.)
  • Hay amores que matan (some loves kill, in other words, love is a very powerful force which can sometimes destroy or kill you)
  • Rosales y amores, mientras tiene raices dan flores (love is like a rosebush, if it has has roots, it will flower)
  • Sin amor no hay nada (in the absence of love nothing exists, in other words, a world without love would also be empty)
  • Afortunado en el juego desgraciado en amores (lucky at cards unlucky in love)
  • Amor con amor se paga (love is repaid with love, in other words, you must love someone who loves you if you want to repay the love he/ she gives you. In Spanish, this saying is also used in irony, when wanting to say that someone has been given a 'taste of his/ her own medicine').
  • Amor no mira linaje, ni fe, ni pleito, ni homenaje (another version of the saying: love is blind)
  • Querer es poder (where there is a will there is a way)
  • Los enamorados a ninguna ley están atados (there is no law to which lovers are bound, in other words, falling in love is like a high which causes lovers to feel free from ties and limitations)

Proverbs courtesy of: Refranero Castellano
Proverbs translation by: Love-Spanish.com


Love-Spanish.com loves the word 'amor' in the YouTube clip: Ruben Blades - Amor y Control

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Monday, 3 January 2011

Dinero

Palabra interesante: 'dinero'.
Francisco de Quevedo escribió un poema muy famoso sobre el tema:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMwAkSJAgN8

Sunday, 2 January 2011