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False friends.

secundaria


What a Gringo thinks it means... between first and third place.

What it really means... high school / secondary school.


de repente

What a Gringo thinks it means... filled with contrition for a past sin.

What it really means... suddenly.


destitución

What a Gringo thinks it means... extreme poverty.

What it really means... firing or dismissal.

A word for "poverty" is pobreza.

News Headlines, December 31, 2015....

Poderoso 'El Niño' Alimentado Caos de Clima Hemisférico al Fin del Año....
    2015 el Año Lo Más Caliente en Historia al Superficie del Planeta


Powerful 'El Niño' Fueling Climate Chaos Hemisphere-wide at Year's End....
    2015 Sets New Record as Hottest Year Ever at the Surface of the Earth



Cargos Criminales Contra Bill Cosby en Caso de Asalto Sexual de 2004....
    Cosby Libre en Fianza de $1-Millon 


Bill Cosby Charged Criminally in a Sexual Assault Case From 2004....
    Cosby Free on Bail of $1-Million



DHL en Ecuador Busca a Clientes Con Promoción 'Easy Express'....
    La Empresa Ofrece Descuentos Hasta 25 Por Ciento
        Para Enviar Paquetes Internacionales


DHL in Ecuador Seeks Clients Via "Easy Express" Program....
    The Company is Offering Discounts of Up to 25 Percent
        On International Packages

False friends.

moretone


What a Gringo thinks it means... the big-band sound.

What it really means... a bruise.


flaco


What a Gringo thinks it means... a quarterback for the Ravens.

What it really means...thin.

Esa chica flaca es muy linda.
That thin girl is very cute.


grillo   

What a Gringo thinks it means... device used for cooking ribs and burgers.

What it really means... a cricket.

En el bosque, yo solía oír a los grillos produciendo sus ruidos cada noche.
In the woods, I used to hear the crickets making their noises every night.

pronounced GREE-oh

A Spanish word for "grill" (noun) is parrilla.  pah-REE-yah

False friends.

dime


What a Gringo thinks it is... a coin worth ten cents.

What it means in Spanish... tell me.

Dime tu nombre.
Tell me your name.

From the verb decir.
Pronounced DEE-may.


leer

What a Gringo thinks it means... to stare in an unpleasant way.

What it means in Spanish.... to read.

How to say "to stare" in Spanish... mirar fijamente.

Leer is pronounced lay-EER.


lana

Who a Gringo thinks it is...  Superboy's girlfriend.

What it really means... wool.

False friends.

bárbara


Who a Gringo thinks it is... great North American songstress.

What it really means... barbaric.  Male form of this adjective:  bárbaro.


bastar

What a Gringo thinks it means... a no-good SOB.

What it really means... to be enough.

¡Basta ya!
That's enough, already.


realizar

What a Gringo thinks it means... to realize.

What it really means... to produce or make happen.

Él todavía quiere realizar su sueño a jugar beisbol profesionalmente.
He still wants to make his dream happen to play baseball professionally.

A way to say "realize" is the phrase dar cuenta...

Me dí cuenta ayer que ya era demasiado tarde a viajar a Buenos Aires esta semana.
I realized yesterday that it was already too late to travel to Buenos Aires this week.



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False friends.

titubear


What a Gringo thinks it is... an activity in the private playroom of "50 Shades of Grey."

What it really means... to hesitate.

fastidiar


What a Gringo thinks it means... to refrain from eating for a prolonged period.

What it really means... to annoy.

To "fast" (not eat) is ayunar.


grulla

What a Gringo thinks it means... foul-tasting porridge eaten by kids in
a Charles Dickens novel.

What it really means...a crane (long-necked bird).

News Headlines, Thursday, January 14, 2016....

Turbulence on Wall Street.... Dow Industrials Fall Another 364 Points

Turbulencia en Bolsas de Valores EEUU.... Promedio Dow Se Cae 364 Puntos


Coastal Ecuador:  El Niño Tides Destroy Several Homes in Esmeraldas

La Costa de Ecuador:  Olas de El Niño Destruyen Unos Hogares en Esmeraldas


Tex-Mex Border:  Customs Agents Seize Half a Ton of Marijuana
    Hidden Inside Make-Believe Carrots in a Truck


Frontera de Texas y México: 
    Agentes de Aduanas Agarran Media Tonelada de Marijuana
        Escondida Dentro de Zanahorias Falsas en un Camión

False friends.

chinos


What a Gringo thinks it means... pants made from a strong cotton material.

What it means in Spanish... people from China.


dedo

What a Gringo thinks it means... no longer alive.

What it really means... finger (noun).

The word for "dead" is muerto or muerta.


salar

What a Gringo thinks it means... navy personnel.

What it really means...to put salt on (something).

A "sailor" is marinero.

False Friends.

titubear


What a Gringo thinks it means.... an activity in the private playroom
    of "50 Shades of Grey."

What it really means.... to hesitate.


empeorar

What a Gringo thinks it means.... the head man in ancient Rome.

What it really means.... to get worse.

The Spanish word for "emperor" is emperador.



vigilante

What a Gringo thinks it means... member of a group that takes justice
    into its own hands.

What it means in Spanish... guard or watchman.

In Spanish, the English word "vigilante" translates as justiciero -- hoo-stees-YEER-oh.

False friends.

fideo


What a Gringo thinks it is.... common name for a Latino dog.

What it really means... noodle.


tasador

What a Gringo thinks it means... North American cop with a stun-gun.

What it really means... real estate assessor.



muelle

What a Gringo thinks it is... a stubborn four-legged animal.

What it really means... dock or pier.

Pronounced MWELL-yay.

False friends.

socio


What a Gringo thinks it means... someone who doesn't like to be around other people.

What it means in Spanish... partner.


desesperado

What a Gringo thinks it means... Wild West outlaw.

What it really means... desperate.

A desperado is the Western outlaw.


esquiar

What a Gringo thinks it means... fancy title for a lawyer.

What it really means... to ski.

False friends.

barco


What a Gringo thinks it means... sound a dog makes.

What it really means.... a boat.

Ladrar is the verb "to bark."


lío  LEE-oh

Who a Gringo thinks it is... Jerry Seinfeld's uncle.

What it really means... a mess.


terrícola

What a Gringo thinks it is... a South American soft drink similar to Pepsi.

What it really means... earthling.

And now, Gringos, it’s time to play ... Name That Syllable ...

In this feature, three Spanish words are listed, along with the definitions.

Your task is to pronounce each word with the accent on the proper syllable.  Naturally, any accent marks are left off the quiz words at the top.  Answers are listed at the bottom with any accent marks included....


1.  emergencia -- translation: emergency

2.  sanduche -- translation: sandwich

3.  peluqueria -- translation:  hair salon

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Pronunciations:
1.  emergencia  --  ay-mehr-HEN-see-ah

2.  sánduche  --  SAHN-doo-chay

3.  peluquería --  peh-loo-keh-REE-ah

False friends....

hurto

What a Gringo thinks it is... a boo-boo.

What it really means.... a robbery.

alemán

Who a Gringo thinks it is.... a guy who drinks a sweet, fruity kind of beer.

What it means in Spanish.... German (noun or adjective).

allá

What a Gringo thinks it means.... a deity worshipped by many in the Middle East.

What it means in Spanish.... over there.

Allí or ahi means (simply) “there.”

a great posting... a Himalayan gift for learners like me .. Thank you

False friends.

contestar
(verb)

What a Gringo thinks it means.... to dispute.

What it really means.... to answer.

“To contest” is disputar.

todo

What a Gringo thinks it is.... the dog from ‘The Wizard of Oz.’

What it really means.... everything.

¿Todo bien?  Is everything fine?

In ‘The Wizard,’ Dorothy’s pet dog was Toto.

la mente

What a Gringo thinks it is.... the mint candy.

What it really means.... the mind.

The word for “the mint” (the candy) is ”la menta".

False friends.

red


What a Gringo thinks it means.... color of fire engines and ‘delicious’ apples.

What it really means in Spanish.... network.

The word for the English word “red” is rojo / roja.

sexto

What a Gringo thinks it means.... activity of the evening in the private playroom of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.’

What it really means.... sixth.

niño

What a Gringo thinks it means.... a number between eight and ten.

What it really means.... boy.

Nina is girl.  Niños means children (or, in context, boys only).

2 nice little phone apps are BestTravel, and Duolingo, they will get you by in a pinch.

False friends.

actualice


What a Gringo thinks it means... real cubes of frozen water.

What it really means... update (verb, imperative).

From the verb actualizar.

Actualice estas cuentas, por favor.  Please update these accounts.

Pronounced: ahk too ah LEE say.

buscar

What a Gringo thinks it means... hybrid vehicle.

What it really means... to look for.

barba


Who a Gringo thinks it is... someone who cuts hair.

What it really means.... chin or beard.

The word for “barber” is barbero.

Very good tips.
I like the Michel Thomas 10 CD starter Spanish set, inexpensive (I bought a used set), easy to use and effective.

Where do you get it,  and why do you like it ?
Thank you in advance

Look  up the prices and reviews on Amazon.com, including  one I just made. I think you can even listen to a sample there.

Wow! esto esta genial! jamas pense que hubiera gente de habla ingles que quisieran aprender nuestra lengua. me hace sentir tan orgullosa, jejejeje. Soy venezolana, estoy a la orden si alguien quiere un consejito. Saludos a todos!! ahh, si alguno me entendió es porque ya hablan español perfecto! felicidades!

bye!

My husband and I are getting ready to learn Spanish in the USA - and relearn when we move!  You post was helpful...I teach in a high school with many Hispanic students!
Thanks.
Robin (and Joel)

What’s the difference?  Answers are below.

What’s the difference between a loro, a coro, a foro and a zorro ?
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loro = parrot

coro = chorus or choir

foro = forum or meeting

zorro = fox

Ten Ways to Express Liking or Loving Something / Someone in Spanish....

10. Me gusta esta cena.
    I like this dinner.

9.  Me agrada este parque.
    I like this park.

8.  Me encanta este color.
    I love this color.

7.  Amo a mi novio/novia.
    I love my boyfriend/girlfriend.

6.  Te quiero.
    I ‘luv ya.’

5.  Comer chocolate me da placer.
    Eating chocolate gives me pleasure.

4.  Me cae bien tu primo/a.
    I like your cousin.  (An expression derived from the verb caer, to fall.)

3.  Prefiero hacer el amor en la oscuridad.
    I prefer making love in the dark.

2.  Fútbol estadounidense es lo mejor.
    U.S. football is the best.

And the #1 way to express liking or loving ....

1.  Es chévere.
    It’s fantastic / great / cool.

Thanks for all the help. I'm a beginner at learning Spanish

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Once you realize all the cognates (those are the words that sound  and look similar to English) ... then you need the REAL tips to making Spanish easier to learn:

Tip #1... Talk...to everyone...your neighbors, your neighbors kids, your dog, the neighbors dog... the cop on the street corner... the nice docotr they take you to see for talking to your neighbors dog... you get the idea.

Tip #2 ... similar to #1 one but on the rocks.  Yes... get a little inebriated with your new friends and listen and ...keep talking.  Slight inebriation will lower your inhibitions and you won´t care that you sound more like Mr. Magoo than Ricardo Montalban.

Tip #3 ... Learn to laugh at yourself, because you will make mistakes.  And here is a freebie, so you don´t have to suffer one of the most excrutiating (especially if you are a guy)

                Embarrassed... is NOT Embarazado...
                Pregnant... is Embarazado...
                         ... you will be averguenzado to make that mistake :)

Now go out there and TALK SOME SPANISH ...like a pro !

:D  Thank you, that was funny, and very informative.

Situational phrases for Gringos.

Me conviene.  That suits me .. or .. That works for me.

At the paint store....

Para la sala, me conviene el color verde.  For the living room, the color blue works for me.

Para el comedor, me convienen los colores amarillo y marrón.  For the dining room, the colors yellow and brown work for me.

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Ya dije.  I already said.

To a persistent beggar....

Ya dije no.  I already said no.
    (Say it softly.  The point will still get across.)

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de inmediato  immediately

To the bus driver....

Quisiera bajar de inmediato.  I’d like to get off immediately.

Situational phrases for Gringos.

Browsing in a store....

Salesperson approaches.  ¿En qué le ayude?  How may I help you?

Expat:  Sólo husmeando.  Just browsing. 
Pronounced ooce-may-AHN-doh.

Lost in the city....

Expat:  Estoy buscando esta dirección.  ¿Dónde está?
I’m looking for this address (shows address on piece of paper).
Where is it?

Taxi has already passed the correct address....

Expat:  Ya la pasamos.  Darme la vuelta, por favor.
We’ve already passed it.  Turn around, please.

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