Friday, 24 October 2014

Cuesta

Today's WOTD is: "cuesta" = slope
In Spanish, “cuesta” is a feminine noun of Latin origin, the main meaning of which is slope, as in:
  • El edificio se encuentra en una cuesta (the building is on a slope);

The action word/ verb “costar” is a related word which means to cost, as in:
  • Una cerveza cuesta dos euros (a beer costs two Euros);

Some Spanish expressions with the word “cuesta” are:
  • A cuestas (on one's shoulders -without help/ support);
    • Tuve que subir a mi habitación con la maleta a cuestas (I had to go up to my room carrying my suitcase)
  • Cuesta abajo (downhill);
  • Cuesta arriba (uphill);
  • Cuesta de enero (financial hardship period -after the Christmas celebrations spending);
  • Cuesta mucho (it is expensive/ it is hard);
  • Cuesta poco (it is cheap/ it is easy);
  • Cuesta trabajo (it is hard);
  • Cuesta una barbaridad (it costs a fortune);
  • Cuesta una pasta (it costs a fortune);
  • Cuesta un huevo (it costs an arm and a leg);
  • Cuesta un ojo de la cara (it costs an arm and a leg);
  • Cuesta un potosí (it costs a fortune);
  • Hacérsele a alguien cuesta arriba algo (to find something a struggle);
    • Se me hace cuesta arriba estudiar por la noche (I find it a struggle to study at night);
  • ¿Cuánto cuesta... ? (how much is...?);
    • ¿Cuánto cuesta la entrada? (how much is the admission?);

Love-Spanish.com loves the word "cuesta" in the YouTube clip: PLACIDODOMINGO -- Cuesta Abajo --

For more on the word "cuesta", visit: Wordreference.com/es/en/ Cuesta

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

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