Tuesday, 18 November 2014


Today's WOTD is: "asunto" = matter
In Spanish, “asunto” is a masculine noun of Latin origin, the main meaning of which is matter, as in:
  • Tenemos varios asuntos pendientes (we have several matters outstanding);

The noun “asunto” also means issue or subject, as in:
  • Nos queda pendiente el asunto de las vacaciones (the issue of the holidays remains outstanding);
  • No olvides de indicar el asunto de cada mensaje (don't forget to indicate the subject of each message);

Some Spanish expressions with the word “asunto” are:
  • Asunto a tratar (agenda item/ issue to address);
    • Tenemos varios asuntos a tratar (we have several issues to address/ deal with);
  • Asunto de referencia (above-mentioned/ reference subject);
  • Asunto de familia (family matter/ affair);
  • Asunto de trabajo (work/ work related issue);
  • Asunto delicado (delicate/ sensitive issue);
  • Asunto en cuestión (issue in question);
  • Asunto interno (internal matter);
  • Asunto jurídico (legal matter);
  • Asunto legal (legal matter);
  • Asunto mal llevado (badly handled matter);
  • Asunto penal (criminal matter);
  • Asunto pendiente (outstanding issue/ matter);
  • Asunto personal (private affair/ personal matter);
  • Asunto público (public matter/ concern);
  • Asunto turbio (murky/ shady affair/ matter);
  • Asunto zanjado (settled/ closed issue);
  • El asunto es que... (the thing is... );
  • Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores (Foreign Office/ US Department of State);

Love-Spanish.com loves the word "asunto" in the YouTube clip: IZAL -Asuntos delicados

For more on the word "asunto", visit: Wordreference.com/es/en/ Asunto

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

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