Palabra del Día- 16 Dec 12

I full heartedly believe in the cliche that a day without learning is a day lost, which could partly explain how I ended up in Spain. By far one of the best aspects of living here, for me, is that I am learning more and more Spanish everyday. I do it without even trying sometimes. I turn on the news, and see a word I don’t know. Most of the time I can figure out the meaning from context, but if not I’ll ask Pepe or look it up.

I’ve decided to begin a new section documenting my vocabulary growth with weekly posts of seven new words, and how I came across them. Enjoy, and happy learning!

Monday, December 10, 2012jineta

Word: gineta (n)

Definition: civet cat

Where Found: Frank de la Jungla (wildlife TV series)

Sentence: La gineta es una especie de mamífero que vive generalmente en bosques.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Word: neumático (n)

Definition: tire (tyre in British English)

Where Found: talking about snow tires with students in a natural science class

Sentence: Tienes un neumático desinflado.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Word: campanada (n)

Definition: chime, stroke (of a clock or bell)

Where Found: having students explain in English the Spanish tradition of eating 12 grapes on New Year’s Eve when the clock strikes midnight.

Sentence: Comemos 12 uvas, una por cada campanada a las 12 de la noche.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Word: pienso (n)

Definition: feed (cat food, dog food, etc)

Where Found: Pepe insisting that it has a name other than “comida de gatos”

Sentence: Hay que comprar pienso para los gatos.

Friday, December 14, 2012The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Word: saqueador (n)

Definition: burglar

Where Found: The Hobbit!

Sentence: Bilbo insiste en que no es un saqueador.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Word: alzarse (v)

Definition: rise up

Where Found: again, The Hobbit

Sentence: Lejos, hacia el este, mas allá de sierras y ríos, se alza una solitaria montaña.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Word: acogedor (adj)

Definition: welcoming, warm, friendly

Where Found: table conversation with friends

Sentence: Los españoles son muy acogedores.

Are any of these new words for you? What new vocabulary did you learn this week?

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2 Responses to Palabra del Día- 16 Dec 12

  1. Kaley says:

    Well, both words — in English and in Spanish — are new to me: gineta and civet cat. Never heard of either of them!

  2. Jessica says:

    I knew three of these, so that’s four new words! This is a great idea for a series, I’m looking forward to seeing more.

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