Norte, sur, este, oeste
It might surprise you that the current Spanish names for the 4 cardinal points come from English via French. North ⇒ norte (N) South ⇒ sur (S) East ⇒ este (E) West ⇒ oeste (O or W) All of them are masculine nouns. If Spanish cardinal point names are technically Spanglish, how did Spanish explorers […] More
Preposición para in a Coca Cola TV commercial.
Para ti, para mí, para ella, para él, para todos, para nadie…¡para vos! I hope this commercial in Spanish from Argentina made for Coca Cola Femsa, helps you understand one of the uses of the preposition para. Similar commercial with subtitles. (also Argentine accent). Cola in Spanish means cola, ass, […] More
El cumpleaños There are many compound, masculine nouns in Spanish that are formed by a verb and a noun. Their noun component is usually plural, so it ends in “s,” but their overall grammatical number is singular. Examples of these words are: El cumpleaños, birthday, formed together with the verb cumplir, to fulfill, to accomplish, […] More
Learn how to recognize hidden “hay” in a sentence.
Hay is a special conjugated form of the verb haber, which is used to indicate existence. Its English equivalents are: there is, there are, is there…?, are there…? This verb is always in its singular form. Some people, mistakenly, use it in the plural form, like habíamos, habían, habemos, etc. For the Royal Academy, this […] More
10 expressions that are not so easy to figure out (13)
Expression Approximate literal translation (what you might think you actually heard) Explanation aquí hay gato encerrado there is a locked up cat something is fishy here pelar a alguien (MX), (no pelar a alguien) (MX) Lit: to peel someone to pay attention to someone, to acknowledge someone’s existence. No pelar […] More
10 expressions that are not so easy to figure out (16).
10 expressions that are not so easy to figure out (16) Here are 10 common random idioms you may have trouble with if you hear them for the first time: Expression Approximate literal translation (what you might think you actually heard) Explanation Pasarse algo por el arco del triunfo OR ignorar algo olímpicamente (MX) To […] More