Saturday, 26 January 2013


Today's WOTD is: "esperanza" = hope
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In Spanish, “esperanza” is a feminine noun of Latin origin, which means hope. The noun “esperanza” may also be used to refer to expectation/ confidence.

Some commonly used expression with the word “esperanza”are:
  • Albergar esperanza de (to hold out hope for);
  • Alimentarse de esperanzas (to hope against hope);
  • Dar esperanza (to give hope/ fill with hope);
  • Dar esperanzas (to give hope/ fill with hope);
  • Donde hay vida hay esperanza (to where there is life, there is hope);
  • Esperanza de vida (life expectation/ expectancy);
  • Guardar la esperanza (to remain hopeful/ to keep hope alive);
  • La esperanza es lo último que se pierde (whilst there is life there is hope);
  • Llenar de esperanza (to fill with hope);
  • Lleno de esperanza* (full of hope);
  • Rayo de esperanza (ray of hope);
  • Sin esperanza (without hope/ no chance);

*NB This expression requires the describing word “lleno” to agree in gender (masculine/ feminine) and number (singular/ plural) with the noun it describes- for example, “una Navidad llena de esperanza” (a Christmas full of hope).

Some examples of the use of the word "esperanza" are:
  • Todavía albergamos la esperanza de que se cumpla ese pronóstico (we still hold out hope of that forecast coming true);
  • En estas circunstancias nos alimentamos de esperanza (under the circumstances, we hope against hope);
  • Tus palabras me dan esperanza (your words fill me with hope);
  • Tus palabras me dan esperanzas (your words fill me with hope);
  • En los últimos años la esperanza de vida ha ido en aumento ( life expectancy has been increasing in recent times);
  • Seguimos guardando la esperanza de que la tormenta se aleje (we continue hoping that the storm will go away);
  • Tus palabras me llenan de esperanza (your words fill me with hope);
  • Se nos presenta un Año Nuevo lleno de esperanza (we are facing a New Year full of hope);
  • Esa oportunidad es un rayo de esperanza (that opportunity is a ray of hope);
  • Con más de cincuenta años de edad, sin esperanza de conseguir empleo (beyond the age of 50, there is little chance getting a job); loves the word "esperanza" in the YouTube clip: Enrique Iglesias - Esperanza

For more on the word "esperanza", visit: Esperanza*

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

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