Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Canción

Today's WOTD is: "canción" = song
In Spanish, “canción” is a feminine noun of Latin origin, the main meaning of which is song, as in:
  • Esa canción me gusta mucho (I like that song a lot);


The diminutive form “cancioncita” (little song) is a quite commonly used word.


A related word is “cantor” (masculine) or “cantora” (feminine), meaning singer or singing, as in:
  • Los niños cantores de Viena (The Vienna Boys Choir -singing children)
  • Aves cantoras (singing birds)


Also a related word is “cantante”, meaning singer or singing also, as in:
  • Un cantante muy famoso (a very famous singer -male)
  • Una cantante muy famosa (a very famous singer -female)


Also related is the action word/ verb “cantar”, meaning to sing, as:
  • ¿Quién va a cantar una canción? (who is going to sing a song)


The Spanish noun “canción” is also used to refer to an epic poem/ chanson de geste, (see expressions below)


Some Spanish expressions with the word “canción” are:
  • Canción de cuna (lullaby);
  • Canción de gesta (medieval epic poem/ chanson de geste);
  • Ser otra canción (to be very different);
    • Cualquiera se tira de cabeza al agua, pero desde una altura de 25 metros, eso es otra canción (anybody can dive into the water, but diving from a height of 25 meters is another matter);
  • Canción de fondo (background music/ song)
  • Canción infantil (children's song)
  • Canción pegadiza (catchy song)
  • Canción protesta (protest song)
  • Cantar una canción (to sing a song)
  • Como dice la canción (as the song goes)
  • Componer una canción (to write/ compose a song)
  • Escuchar una canción (to listen to a song)
  • La Canción del Pirata (poem by Spanish Romantic poet Jose de Espronceda)
  • La letra de una canción (the lyrics of a song)
  • Oir una cancion (to hear a song)

Love-Spanish.com loves the word "canción" in the YouTube clip: La Canción de las Vocales - A E I O U

For more on the word "canción", visit: Wordreference.com/es/en/ Canción

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

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