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Harina, Arena

» by June 21st, 2008 at 5:44 pm » Comments (1)

These two words, harina and arena, give me fits. Although they look very different, their pronunciation is very close, the difference of an i and an e. Harina is flour and arena is sand. I don’t know how many times, no matter how hard I try, I have ordered sand tortillas.


» by June 20th, 2008 at 9:49 pm » Comments (0)

Don’t you just love dimples? They are so cute. But the word in Spanish, hoyuelo, doesn’t seem to me as cute as the dimples. Hoyuelo is dimple. I read that in Chile they also use the word margaritas to mean dimples.


» by June 19th, 2008 at 11:07 pm » Comments (0)

Rótula is the kneecap. It can also be used for any ball and socket joint. I learned this word when I needed to replace a sway arm bushing on my car. I took the old rótula to the transmission shop next door. I wasn’t needing them to change it for me, I just needed them […]


» by June 18th, 2008 at 11:13 pm » Comments (0)

Admirar can mean admire, but it also has a surprising meaning. It is to astonish or amaze. But it is with the idea of to startle.


» by June 17th, 2008 at 10:57 pm » Comments (0)

This last week I had my bicycle worked on and I heard the word chicote for the second time. The first time was a couple of weeks ago a man was talking about the accelerator cable on his car. On my bicycle the mechanic was talking about the brake and gear cables. When I looked […]


» by June 16th, 2008 at 9:31 pm » Comments (0)

Culto is a word that has a few different meanings. Cultured or educated. This would refer to someone who is learned or knowledgeable about many different subjects. Service. Culto can be a service as in a church service, or it can be someone’s service to a cause. Cult. The obvious use of the word culto […]


» by June 14th, 2008 at 1:39 pm » Comments (0)

Tocar means to touch. One would say tocar la puerta to indicate knock on the door. Also when you play an instrument you tocar el instrumento.

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