Monday, 16 September 2013


Today's WOTD is: "cortina" = curtain

In Spanish, “cortina” is a feminine noun of Latin origin, the main meaning of which is curtain.

Some expressions with the word “cortina” are:
  • Correr las cortinas* (to draw/ pull/ close the curtains);
  • Cortina de ducha (shower screen);
  • Cortina de hierro (Iron Curtain -Latin America mainly**);
  • Cortina de humo (smoke screen);
  • Dormir a cortinas verdes (to sleep out in the open);

*NB The expression may also be used when meaning to draw back, pull back or open curtains.
**NB Commonly refereed to in Spain as “telón de acero”.

Some examples of the use of the word "cortina" are:
  • Era una casa muy vieja y sin cortinas en las ventanas (it was a very old house without curtains on the windows);
  • Corramos las cortinas y dejemos que entre la luz del sol (let us open the curtains and allow the sunlight to come in);
  • Tenemos que cambiar la cortina de la ducha (we need to replace the shower curtain);
  • La cortina de hierro dividió Europa (the Iron Curtain divided Europe);
  • Eso no es más que una cortina de humo (that is nothing more than a smoke screen);
  • Te gusta dormir a cortinas verdes, ¿verdad? (you like sleeping in the open, don't you?); loves the word "cortina" in the YouTube clip: Sonora Dinamita "la cortina"

For more on the word "cortina", visit: Cortina

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

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