Saturday, 28 April 2012

Semáforo


Today's WOTD is: "semáforo" = traffic lights

In Spanish, the noun "semáforo" is a masculine noun of Greek origin. It may be used to refer to several systems of communication by means of optical signal, such as a flags/ poles/ etc. often used in shipping. However, the main/more common meaning of “semáforo” in everyday language is traffic lights.


Some commonly used expressions containing the words "semáforo" are:
  • Pasarse un semáforo en rojo (to go through/ run a red light);
  • Saltarse un semáforo en rojo (to go through/ run a red light);
  • Semáforo de banderas (flags semaphore);


Some examples of the use of the word "semáforo" are:
  • Acabas de pasarte un semáforo en rojo (you have just gone through/ run a red light).
  • Acabas de saltarte un semáforo en rojo (you have just gone through/ run a red light).
  • ¿Sabes hacer señales de semáforo de banderas? (do you know how to make flag semaphore signals?);


Love-Spanish.com loves the word "semáforo" in the YouTube clip: Alex Zurdo - El Semaforo - Videoclip Oficial - CD:"Así Son Las Cosas" - Musica Cristiana

For more on the word "semáforo", visit: Wordreference.com/es/en/ Semáforo

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

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