Monday, 12 January 2015


Today's WOTD is: "extranjero" = abroad
In Spanish, “extranjero” is a masculine noun of French origin, which means abroad or overseas -other countries, as in:
  • Estamos de viaje por al extranjero (we are travelling abroad);
  • Venimos del extranjero (we are coming from overseas);

The noun “extranjero” also means foreigner or foreign people in general as in:
  • Los extranjeros quieren conocer nuestro país (foreigners want to know our country);
  • El inglés me sirve para comunicarme con el extranjero (I use English to communicate with foreign people/ people from abroad);

The describing word/adjective “extranjero”/ “extranjera” is a related word meaning foreign, as in:
  • País extranjero (foreign country);
  • Inversión extranjera (foreign investment);

Some Spanish expressions with the word “extranjero” are:
  • Acento extranjero (foreign accent);
    • A Peter no se le nota el acento extranjero (you can't pick up Peter's foreign accent);
  • Cuenta en el extranjero (overseas/ foreign account -bank);
  • Curso en el extranjero (course abroad/ overseas);
  • De origen extranjero (from abroad);
    • Solemos comprar productos de origen extranjero (we often buy products from abroad);
  • Estancia en el extranjero (abroad/ overseas stay);
  • Estudiar en el extranjero (to study abroad/ overseas);
    • Estudié un año en el extranjero (I studied abroad/ overseas for a year);
  • Estudio en el extranjero (abroad/ overseas study);
  • Llamar al extranjero (to call abroad/ overseas)
  • Llamar desde el extranjero (to call from abroad/ overseas);
  • Tarjeta de identidad de extranjero (ID card for foreign national/ alien registration card);
  • Trabajar en el extranjero (to work abroad/ overseas); loves the word "extranjero" in the YouTube clip: Enrique Bunbury - El extranjero (Vive Latino 2012)

For more on the word "extranjero", visit: Extranjero

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

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