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» by May 23rd, 2008 at 9:57 pm » Comments (0)

Ataúd means coffin or casket. Fortunately I did not have to learn ataúd for any serious reason, but an ataúd played heavily in a joke I read today. I also saw a couple of other phrases that mean a casket. But, I think they would probably be less formal. Pijama de madera and el sobretodo […]


» by May 22nd, 2008 at 5:43 pm » Comments (0)

While reading a book to my 4 year old daughter today we came across the word susurrar. I didn’t know what it meant, but she did. Susurrar is to whisper.


» by May 21st, 2008 at 5:13 pm » Comments (0)

Yesterday at my son’s class, two parents were discussing the weather (the rainy season has started here). One mother was saying her other son’s class was canceled because of rain. But the word she used was chipichipi. Chipichipi, here in Mexico, means a light drizzling rain.


» by May 19th, 2008 at 10:10 pm » Comments (0)

Desafío is a challenge. I saw desafío this weekend on a girl’s shirt and wondered what it could mean. Now knowing it means a challenge it makes sense that she was wearing that shirt at a 10 kilometer race. The shirt must have been promoting some athletic challenge.


» by May 18th, 2008 at 9:27 pm » Comments (0)

Coraje has two distinct meanings. One is the immediately obvious one, courage or bravery. Apparently this is the original meaning of the word from what I have read. More commonly I hear it used to mean anger or wrath. This is a case of where context would have to guide you in what the word […]

Vegetales, Verduras

» by May 17th, 2008 at 1:56 pm » Comments (0)

Vegetales and verduras are the things your mother is always telling you to eat, your vegetables. Seems like I hear verduras used more with cooked vegetables and vegetales with fresh vegetables.


» by May 16th, 2008 at 10:15 pm » Comments (0)

On Wednesday I was teaching Galatians 3:24 which mentions the word ayo. I explained that it meant a tutor. Even the educated people in the group were not familiar with ayo. Ayo appears in two of my dictionaries but not another one. I don’t think it is a very common word. But, a word I […]

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