Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Curva

Today's WOTD is: "curva" = curve
In Spanish, “curva” is a feminine noun of Latin origin, the main meaning of which is curve, or bend, as in:
  • La elipse es una curva (the ellipsis is a curve);
  • Cuidado con esa curva que es muy peligrosa (careful with that bend, it is very dangerous);

The plural form “curvas” is often used to refer colloquially to the marked silhouette of a woman's body or curves, as in:
  • Mujeres con curvas (women with curves);


The describing word “curvo”/ “curva” is a related word meaning curved, as in:
  • Espacio curvo (curved space);
  • Línea curva (curved line/ curve);


The action word/ verb “curvar” is also a related word which means to bend, as in:
  • Curvamos la madera para hacer un bastón (we bend the wood to make a cane/ walking stick)

Some Spanish expressions with the word “curva” are:
  • Coger* una curva (to take a bend)
    • Hay que coger esa curva muy despacio (that bend has to be taken very slowly);
  • Curva abierta (sweeping bend/ sweeping curve);
  • Curva cerrada (sharp bend/ hairpin/ dogleg);
  • Tomar una curva (to take a bend)
    • Hay que tomar esa curva muy despacio (that bend has to be taken very slowly);
  • Superficie curva (curved surface);

*NB Please note that in some parts of the Spanish speaking world, the verb “coger” has a sexual connotation. If in doubt, a synonym, such as “tomar”, should be used instead.

Love-Spanish.com loves the word "curva" in the YouTube clip: NIKKICLAN - LAS CURVAS DE ESA CHICA

For more on the word "curva", visit: Wordreference.com/es/en/ Curva

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

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