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Gato

» by November 30th, 2007 at 11:45 pm » Comments (0)

Anyone who has learned some Spanish knows that gato is cat. But did you know it has other meanings? One of the strangest is that a car jack is called a gato. On certain types of jacks they look similar to a cat when arching its back. This action pushes the car up. That is […]



Ramo

» by November 29th, 2007 at 11:14 pm » Comments (1)

Ramo is a bouquet or a branch. The word can also mean a cluster or bunch which is why it is used for bouquet. When used for branch it can mean a branch of a tree or a branch of science. When talking about a branch of science it could further be translated with the […]



Llevar, traer

» by November 28th, 2007 at 10:40 pm » Comments (5)

Llevar and traer are similar words in that they involve the transportation of an object. But which is used depends on how it is used. Llevar means to take and traer means to bring. A package that is to be transported to a place other than where you are, no matter by whom, is llevar […]



Churros

» by November 27th, 2007 at 11:52 pm » Comments (0)

We just got home from the state fair. Something we always eat there are called churros. They are a deep fried batter covered with sugar and cinnamon. Something like a donut. Sometimes they are shaped into circles and sometimes they are just straight like sticks. I read that they are a popular breakfast food in […]



Cola

» by November 26th, 2007 at 1:55 pm » Comments (2)

Besides being something we drink cola has a lot of uses in Spanish. Interestingly, when talking about a drink I don’t think I have heard it referred to as just cola. They are generically called refrescos where we live. When first hearing the word cola I immediately think of an animal’s tail. From there it […]



Croquis

» by November 24th, 2007 at 1:31 pm » Comments (0)

When reading about local events on handbills and posters, they often refer to a croquis. They are talking about a map or drawing to help you arrive at the right location. Croquis is a sketch or drawing.



Príncipe Azul

» by November 23rd, 2007 at 8:10 pm » Comments (0)

If you watch children’s programs here long enough you will hear a reference to Príncipe Azul. Translated literally it means blue prince. But its significance is Prince Charming, just like in the fairy tales, or the ideal man. I’m not completely sure why blue is used but some things I have read say it could […]



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