Sunday, 3 June 2012


Today's WOTD is: "montaña" = mountain

In Spanish, the noun "montaña"* is a feminine noun of Latin origin which means mountain.

*NB In Spanish, the expression “en la montaña” (singular form of the noun “montaña”) may be used to mean “up in the mountains”.

In Spanish, the noun “montaña” is also used to refer to:
  • A big pile or accumulation of something;
  • A difficulty or a big problem;

Some commonly used expressions containing the words "montaña" are:
  • Hacer una montaña de un grano de arena (to make a mountain out of a molehill);
  • Mal de montaña (altitude/ mountain sickness);
  • Montañas Rocosas (the Rocky mountains/ the Rockies);
  • Montaña rusa (roller coaster);
  • Si la montaña no viene a Mahoma, Mahoma va a la montaña (if the mountain doesn't come to Mohammed, Mohammed will go to the mountain);

Some examples of the use of the word "montaña" are:
  • Creo que estamos haciendo una montaña de un grano de arena (I believe we are making a mountain out of a molehill);
  • El mal de montaña no afecta sólo a los alpinistas (altitude sickness affects more than just mountain climbers/ mountaineers);
  • Tenemos un chalet en la montaña (we have a chalet up in the mountains);
  • Tengo una montaña de ropa para lavar (I have a big pile of clothes to wash);
  • Las Montañas Rocosas están en America del Norte (the Rocky Mountains/ Rockies are in North America);
  • Ese parque de atracciones tiene una montaña rusa gigantesca (that funfair has huge roller coaster); loves the word "montaña" in the YouTube clip: Montaña- Gypsy Kings

For more on the word "montaña", visit: Montaña

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

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