Friday, 25 May 2012

Rosa


Today's WOTD is: "rosa" = rose

In Spanish, the noun "rosa" is a feminine noun of Latin origin the main meaning of which is rose.

In Spanish, the word “rosa” can also be a masculine* noun which means the colour pink.

*NB Please note that when meaning the colour pink, “rosa” is a masculine noun, that is “el rosa

A related word to “rosa” is “rosal”, which means the rosebush.

Some commonly used expressions containing the words "rosa" are:
  • Como las propias rosas (very well/ perfectly);
  • Como una rosa (very well/ perfectly);
  • Fresco como una rosa (fresh as a daisy - masculine);
  • Fresca como una rosa (fresh as a daisy - feminine);
  • No hay rosa sin espinas (no rose without thorns/ there is a downside to everything - figurative);
  • Novela rosa (romance novel);
  • Palo de la rosa (rosewood);
  • Palo de rosa (rosewood);
  • Rosa claro (pale pink – colour);
  • Rosa de los vientos (compass card/ rose);
  • Rosa fuerte (bright pink – colour);
  • Rosa náutica (compass card/ rose);
  • Rosa pálido (pale pink – colour);
  • Salsa rosa (Thousand Island dressing);
  • Un vestido* (de color) rosa (a pink dress);
  • Verlo todo de color de rosa (to see things through rose-tinted/ rose colored glasses);

NB The expression is also valid for other garments, e.g.: “camisa”/ shirt.

Some examples of the use of the word "rosa" are:
  • Aquí se está como las propias rosas (this is a very good/ perfect place);
  • Aquí se está como las rosas (this is a very good/ perfect place);
  • Pedro llegó fresco como una rosa (Pedro arrived fresh as a daisy);
  • Tengo muchas ganas de ir, pero odio viajar. Es cierto que no hay rosa sin espinas (I really want to go, but I hate the travel. It is true that there is a downside to everything);
  • Esa es una novela rosa (that is a romance novel);
  • Esa mesa es de palo de la rosa (that is a rosewood table);
  • Esa mesa es de palo de rosa (that is a rosewood table);
  • Esa blusa de color rosa claro te queda muy bien (you suit that pale pink blouse);
  • Esa blusa de color rosa pálido te queda muy bien (you suit that pale pink blouse);
  • Esa blusa de color rosa fuerte te queda muy bien (you suit that bright pink blouse);
  • La flor de lis suele representar el Norte en la rosa de los vientos (the fleur-de-lis often represents the north on a compass card);
  • La flor de lis suele representar el Norte en la rosa náutica (the fleur-de-lis often represents the north on a compass card);
  • Las gambas con salsa rosa están muy ricas (prawns with Thousand Island dressing are very nice);
  • Pedro lo ve todo de color de rosa (Pedro sees everything through rose-tinted/ rose colored glasses);

Love-Spanish.com loves the word "rosa" in the YouTube clip: Amaral- Rosa de la paz 

For more on the word "rosa", visit: Wordreference.com/es/en/ Rosa

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

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