Saturday, 24 November 2012

Lámpara




Today's WOTD is: "lámpara" = lamp

In Spanish, “lámpara” is a feminine noun of Latin origin which means lamp. The noun “lámpara” is often used in Spanish to refer to a light bulb or other type of light source.

The Spanish noun “lámpara” is also a commonly used term to refer to valves/ vacuum tubes used in electronics, for example, in the early days radio/ television transmitter and receiver sets.

Some commonly used expressions with the word “lámpara” are:
  • Atizar la lámpara (re-fill wine glasses- repeatedly);
  • El genio de la lámpara (the genie of the lamp);
  • Lámpara de aceite (oil lamp);
  • Lámpara de arco (arc lamp);
  • Lámpara de bajo consumo (low energy lamp);
  • Lámpara de esmaltador (jewellers blow torch);
  • Lámpara de flexo (reading lamp);
  • Lámpara de lava (lava lamp);
  • Lámpara de led (LED* lamp);
  • Lámpara de los mineros (miners lamp);
  • Lámpara de mesa (table lamp);
  • Lámpara de minero (miners lamp);
  • Lámpara de pared (wall mounted lamp);
  • Lámpara de pie (standard lamp);
  • Lámpara de seguridad (safety lamp);
  • Lámpara de sobremesa (table top lamp);
  • Lámpara de techo (ceiling mounted lamp);
  • Lámpara halógena (halogen lamp);
  • Lámpara minera (miners lamp);
  • Lámpara solar (solar lamp);

*NB LED is an English acronym which stands for “light-emitting diode”

Some examples of the use of the word "lámpara" are:
  • Para de atizar la lámpara que nos vamos a emborrachar (stop re-filling our glasses repeatedly or we will get drunk);
  • En la antigüedad se usaban lámparas de aceite (in the olden days, oil lamps were used);
  • El genio de la lámpara te concede tres deseos (the genie of the lamp grants you three wishes);
  • Quería una lámpara de arco para un proyector de cine (I would like/ I am after an arc lamp for a projector);
  • Quería una lámpara de bajo consumo (I would like/ I am after a low energy lamp);
  • Quería una lámpara de esmaltador (I would like/ I am after a jewellers blowtorch);
  • Quería una lámpara de flexo (I would like/ I am after a reading lamp);
  • Quería una lámpara de lava (I would like/ I am after an lava lamp);
  • Quería una lámpara de led (I would like/ I am after an LED lamp);
  • La lámpara de los mineros es una lámpara de seguridad (the miners lamp is a safety lamp);
  • La lámpara de mineros es una lámpara de seguridad (the miners lamp is a safety lamp);
  • La lámpara minera es una lámpara de seguridad (the miners lamp is a safety lamp);
  • Quería una lámpara de mesa (I would like/ I am after a table lamp);
  • Quería una lámpara de pared (I would like/ I am after a wall lamp);
  • Quería una lámpara de pie (I would like/ I am after a standard lamp);
  • Quería una lámpara de sobremesa (I would like/ I am after a table lamp);
  • Quería una lámpara de techo (I would like/ I am after a ceiling lamp);
  • Quería una lámpara halógena (I would like/ I am after a halogen lamp);
  • Quería una lámpara solar (I would like/ I am after a solar lamp);

Love-Spanish.com loves the word "lámpara" in the YouTube clip: Aladino y la Lámpara Maravillosa - Lexus CuentosInolvidables

For more on the word "lámpara", visit: Wordreference.com/es/ Lámpara

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

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