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» by August 15th, 2008 at 9:38 pm » Comments (1)

Estibar is to load or stow. This would be like loading something for shipping. We bought some boxes the other day that say, “Estiba maxima 4 cajas” which I assume to mean, “Don’t stack more than 4 high.”


» by August 11th, 2008 at 7:17 pm » Comments (0)

Aparejar is a verb that means to saddle (as in a horse), or to rig up, or prepare something for use. I don’t know if it is a common word or not. I read it in literature and am not sure that I have ever seen it used otherwise.


» by August 9th, 2008 at 9:03 pm » Comments (0)

Prestar is not an uncommon word. We most often see it used when talking about lending something to someone. Along the lines of lending is the idea of rendering service. The reflexive form of the verb, prestarse, has some other interesting meanings. It can mean “to be open to” as in the phrase: Dar ocasión […]


» by August 4th, 2008 at 10:17 pm » Comments (0)

The place to park your car is the estacionamiento. It is the noun for a parking lot or a parking space. The verb is reflexive and is estacionarse. One of the worst “spanglish” words I have heard is parquear meaning to park. I suppose out of all the bad combinations of English and Spanish I […]


» by July 26th, 2008 at 10:26 pm » Comments (1)

A campamento is a camp (noun). The gerund form of camping is often the same in Spanish, i.e.; ir de camping (to go camping). There were few posts to this site since we were in a campamento last week.


» by July 20th, 2008 at 7:30 am » Comments (0)

I have always used the word estirar to mean to stretch. It is used when you are exercising and stretch your muscles. It is also used when you are stretching high to grab something off a shelf. But a new use of the word came up last night. We were walking into a restaurant and […]


» by July 14th, 2008 at 11:04 pm » Comments (3)

I have seen the word abarrotes on many stores. These are typically smaller stores that sell just basic food items. Mostly small neighborhood stores. I thought it meant something like “quick in and out store” but my friend told me the other day she always thought it meant groceries. I looked up the word and […]