Wednesday, 16 July 2014


Today's WOTD is: "empleado" = employee
1. In Spanish, “empleado” is a masculine noun of Latin origin, the main meaning of which is employee (male*), as in:
  • Los empleados del metro están en huelga (the underground/ subway/ tube employees are on strike);

*NB The feminine form “empleada” should be used when meaning a female employee.

2. The related noun “empleo” means employment, job or work, as in:
  • Estoy sin empleo (I am without without a job/ out of work);

3. The related noun “desempleo” means unemployment, as in:
  • Existe una tasa de desempleo muy alta (there is a very high unemployment level);

4. The related action word/ verb “emplear” means to employ or use, as in:
  • Los ferrocarriles emplean miles de personas (the railways employ thousands of people);
  • Emplearon un mazo para derribar la puerta (they used a mallet to break the door);

5. Some Spanish expressions with the word “empleado” are:
  • Empleado del mes (employee of the month);
  • Estarle a alguien bien empleado (to serve someone right);
    • Me está bien empleado por no tener más cuidado (it serves me right for not being more careful); loves the word "empleado" in the YouTube clip: EMPLEADO DEL MES "Sangre Por Piel"

For more on the word "empleado", visit: Empleado

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

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