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!
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.
Word: saqueador (n)
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?