Friday, 13 January 2012


Today's WOTD is: 'rodilla' = knee

In Spanish, the noun 'rodilla' is a feminine noun of Latin origin, the main meaning of which is knee. The noun 'rodilla' is often used in Spanish in its plural form, 'rodillas'.

A related Spanish action word/ verb is 'arrodillarse', to kneel down

Some commonly used expressions containing the word 'rodilla' are:
  • A media rodilla (down on one knee).
  • De rodillas (kneeling down-both knees down/ on one's knees).
  • Doblar la rodilla (to go down on one knee/ to give in).
  • Hincar la rodilla  (to go down on one knee/ to give in).
  • Hincar las rodillas  (to kneel down-both knees down).
  • Hincarse de rodillas  ( to kneel down-both knees down).

Examples of the use of the word 'rodilla' are:
  • Más vale morir de pie que vivir de rodillas (better to die standing than to live on your knees).
  • No vamos a doblar la rodilla y aceptar esta injusticia (we are not going to give in and accept this injustice).
  • Hincar la rodilla  en el suelo es la forma clásica de pedirle la mano (going down on one knee is the classic way of asking her to marry you).
  • Ante Ti Señor nos hincamos de rodillas (before you, oh Lord we kneel down). loves the word 'rodilla' in the YouTube clip: CABEZA, HOMBRO, RODILLA Y PIE - con Letra

For more on the word 'rodilla', visit: Rodilla

*NB 'Click' on the speaker icon next to the word “rodilla” in the link to hear the word pronounced.

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