Saturday, 3 August 2013


Today's WOTD is: "gafas" = glasses

In Spanish, “gafasis a feminine noun of unclear origin, the main meaning of which is glasses/ spectacles/ goggles.

NB The word "gafa" (singular) may also be used to refer to a hook or a clamp.

Some expressions with the word “gafas” are:
  • Gafas bifocales (bifocal glasses);
  • Gafas de bucear (diving goggles);
  • Gafas de esquiar (skiing goggles);
  • Gafas de leer (reading glasses);
  • Gafas de sol (sunglasses);
  • Gafas graduadas (prescription glasses);
  • Gafas oscuras (dark glasses);
  • Gafas negras (dark glasses);
  • Llevar gafas (to wear glasses);

Some examples of the use of the word "gafas" are:
  • Me ha costado mucho acostumbrarme a las gafas bifocales (I have found it hard to get used to these bifocal glasses);
  • ¿Tienes gafas de bucear? (do you have diving goggles);
  • ¿Tienes gafas de esquiar? (do you have skiing goggles);
  • A veces necesito gafas de leer (sometimes I need reading glasses);
  • Esas gafas de sol te quedan muy bien (those sunglasses really suit you);
  • Esas gafas son graduadas, ¿verdad? (those are prescription glasses, aren't they?);
  • Llevas gafas desde hace poco, ¿verdad? (you haven't been wearing glasses long, have you?); loves the word "gafas" in the YouTube clip: Google presenta sus "gafas inteligentes"

For more on the word "gafas", visit: Gafas

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

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