Category Archives: languages

Today’s words

  • taller – workshop (seen on a sign at a mechanic, and at home depot)
  • alineacion – alignment (like for your car)
  • llanta – tire
  • freno – brake
  • vidrio – glass (like a window)
  • anteojos – glasses
  • polvo – dust
  • alcanzar – reach
  • nivel – level
  • fijar – to fix

Double words

I missed yesterday, so here are 20 for today

  1. ferrocarril – railroad
  2. torre – tower
  3. recorrido – route
  4. bañera – bathtub
  5. ducha – shower
  6. fregadero – sink
  7. grifo – faucet
  8. tocador – toilet
  9. sitio – site
  10. escasez – shortage
  11. prensa – press (media)
  12. ejército – army
  13. manta – rug/blanket
  14. interruptor – switch
  15. bombilla – lightbulb
  16. tornillo – screw
  17. escritorio – desk
  18. lámpara – lamp
  19. teclado – keyboard
  20. premio – prize

words

  • Portada – cover (page)
  • Firma – signature
  • Desarollo – development
  • Foro – forum
  • Sede – seat (as in government)
  • Proporcionar – provide
  • Sugerir – to suggest
  • Fundador – founder
  • Logro – profit
  • Prevenir – prevent

Word

Here are today’s words. I started doing a construction theme halfway through.

  • Antigua – ancient
  • Cordillera – mountain range
  • Sierra – saw (tool)
  • Lechada – grout
  • Azulejo – tile
  • Peña – rock
  • Gabinete – cabinet
  • Alfombra – carpet
  • Clavo – nail
  • Martillo – hammer

Palabras del día

10 more important words for today:

  • Actualmente – at the moment, right now
  • Destacado – outstanding
  • Fronterizo – border
  • Ave – bird
  • Informático – computer science
  • Muro – wall
  • Cabo – end
  • Pantalla – screen
  • Almacenar – to store
  • Madera – wood

Spanish

Ok, so the race is on. I let my Mom borrow my German CD’s because I am so busy with the condo right now. With that in mind, it seems to make sense to focus on Spanish for the time being. I read a bit of news on news.google.es today, but it’s kind of tricky, especially because journalists typically seem to try to use big words to sound more sophisticated. I found an article on the Firefox 2.0 release, which was actually pretty easy to read, since I am a nerd and interested in nerdy things. With that in mind, I figured I would pursue some nerd subjects, then it came to me. I spend hours reading Wikipedia articles, so I might as well read them in Spanish. I’m not sure how that’ll work out, but I’m giving it a try. By the way, if you are gonna pursue anything like this, I highly recommend using Firefox with a translator extension, it makes things SO much easier. Also, try to absorb the words instead of just translating and moving on.

I got to thinking about it, and I think my main problem with Spanish is a lack of vocabulary. I know how to say a bunch of stuff, but I always run into stuff I don’t know. So, I looked it up and found this article talking about number of words. It sounds like if you knew about 20,000 words, you would have a pretty good conversational vocabulary. So, say you learned 10 words a day for a year…but, give yourself some days off, so say 200 days. That gives you 2,000 words. This is going to take forever, but I think 2,000 words will actually be pretty sizable, and it will probably grow exponentially. Oh well, here are 10 stupid words for today:

  • Descargar – to download
  • Además – also
  • Quizás – perhaps, maybe
  • Lanzar – to send, launch (used for football, software, and who knows what else)
  • Mejora – improvement
  • Herramienta – tool
  • Prueba – test
  • Sencillo – simple
  • Sobremesa – tablecloth or desktop (computer form factor)
  • Pestaña – eyelash and I think tab (as in firefox)

That’s it for today. If you are a Spanish speaker, feel free to correct any mistkaes I’ve mad.