Thursday, July 31, 2014

El pavo - turkey

31 de julio de 2014

La palabra del día es pavo. 
The word of the day is turkey.

El pavo = the turkey
Señor pavo es gordo. 
Mister turkey is fat.

Pavo = turkey
es = is
gordo = fat


nieve = snow

La nieve es blanca.
The snow is white.

blanca = white

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Después de la lluvia un arco iris. Rainbow

lunes 29 de julio de 2014

Arco iris = rainbow.

Arco iris = Rainbow
Over the weekend I got a little lluvia = rain. This happened right after a small sun shower. Después de la lluvia un arco iris = After the rain a rainbow. What a beautiful sight and I'm really glad I was outside to see this and snap this image. Image was taken with my Android Samsung Stratosphere II. 

Después = after
Lluvia = Rain
Arco iris = Rainbow

Friday, July 25, 2014

I Should Probably Write Something

 I've had this blog a little over 3 months now and I haven't written anything personal. Here is  a little information about me and why I decided to start this blog.

I've had a love affair with the Spanish language for some time now. I live in Buffalo N.Y. and I've lived in Nevada as well. Both places have large Spanish speaking communities. Around 1999 when I moved to Nevada I decided I wanted to learn a second language and decided on Spanish. I feel it's almost a second language anyway in America. I studied, and practiced for a couple years and then just lost interest.

About a year and a half ago I started practicing again. I told myself I would continue to find ways to make it interesting, and not lose interest this time. That is part of the reason for this blog. The blog is really keeping me on my toes and helps me use the language at least once a day.

So its been about a year and half and I'm finally to the point where I was when I quit studying around 2002. Most things I read, I get a general understanding of, if I'm watching t.v. I get the general gist and understanding of what's going on. I'm still having a hard time with Spanish humor though . All in all though, I'm starting to get a good understanding of it all.

My goal now is to get fluent. I'm having trouble with verb conjugation, and find es y está muy confuso. The use of is and is , is very confusing but I'm learning. Slowly, each day that I practice it gets a little easier and a little less confusing. The more you use it the more you learn.

My day consists of about a half hour of study in the morning with the babbel app on my phone. (I've heard the new version of babbel app is terrible, so I deactivated the upgrade on my phone. The old version rocks ! ) I spend at least an hour a day on the blog post. I usually watch about an hour a day of Spanish language television and then at night I listen to a Spanish lesson from the Coffee Break Spanish podcast. Coffee Break Spanish use to be free but now they charge for the podcast downloads, I'm really glad I downloaded them all before they changed.) All though I have to admit since summer started I've been slacking on my podcast listening and t.v. time.

All this really has helped a lot. Over the last ten years there are just so many new Spanish learning resources on the internet. I'm going to be adding a page of all the free sites I find soon.

 I think I'm going to start doing a monthly review, along with a personal post each month. Anyway, this ends my personal post for the month. Like you , I'm learning. Hope you find the information here useful, and if you have any good free resources that can be found on the internet please post a link in the comments.

Gracias por leer. (Thanks for reading)
Que tengas un buen día (have a good day)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Slash is 49 years old today.

Guitarist and composer Slash is 49 years old today.

la palabra del día es reloj de pulsera Wristwatch

Miércoles, 23 de julio de 2014

La palabra del día es reloj de pulsera.
The word of the day is wristwatch.

Reloj de pulsera = wristwatch
 El reloj de pulsera es blanco. 
The wristwatch is white.


la moda = fashion

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mi palabra es las joyas Jewelry

 martes, 22 de julio de 2014

Hoy mi palabra es las joyas. 
Today my word is jewelry.

Los brazaletes = bangles / Las joyas = jewelry
Las joyas = jewelry
joyería = jewelry store
pulsera = bracelet
brazalete = bangle

En una frase. In a phrase.

Trabajo en una tienda joyería
I work in a jewelry store .

Monday, July 21, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Verb Conjugation Video, This Is Hysterical

Hysterical Spanish verb conjugation video. This really made me crack up !

¡Conjugación del verbo!

Cubo de la basura - Trash Can

jueves, 17 de julio de 2014

hoy la palabra es cubo de la basura.
Today the word is trash can.

Cubo de la basura = garbage can

Uso cubo de la basura por favor. 
Use the trash can please.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

palabra española del día: libro Book

Miércoles, 15 de julio de 2014

palabra española del dia : libro = book.
Spanish word of the day ; book = libro.

Un viejo libro = An old book.
 Un libro viejo = An old book.
Libro = book
viejo = old

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

La palabra del día es volador. Flying

Martes, 15 de julio de 2014

La palabra del día es volador. 
The word of the day is flying.

Ave = bird
Volador = flying

Monday, July 14, 2014

La palabra del día es escritorio. Desk

lunes, 14 de julio de 2014

Hoy la palabra del día es escritorio. 
Today the word of the day is desk.

El escritorio = the desk
El escritorio = The desk
es = is
desordenado = messy

Oficina = office.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Banco del parque Park Bench

viernes, 11 de julio de 2014

Mi palabra del día es banco del parque. 
My word of the day is park bench.

banco del parque - park bench

Sorry for the late post. It's Friday = viernes. I almost forgot, better late than never. Enjoy your weekend ! Fin de semana ! YaY !!! Regresamos lunes = return Monday . 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Video Shakira feat. Alejandro Sanz - La Tortura

Video en español

"Shakira feat. Alejandro Sanz - La Tortura"

Song title translation : The Torture

Buenos modales, good manners, con café, with coffee.

I found this on Pinterest and thought it was really cute.

 Buenos modales , Good Manners

se dice "por favor" you say please.
un café $10.00 un cafe por favor $9.50. 
un - 1 or A
café = coffee.
por favor = please

La palabra del día es globo Balloon

jueves, 10 de julio de 2014

La palabra del día es globo. 
The word of the day is balloon.

Los globos = the balloons.

Un globo amarillo y un globo rojo. 
A yellow balloon and a red balloon.

Un = a
globo = balloon
amarillo = yellow
y = and
rojo =red

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

El jardín en twitter.

Translation : A House with a garden makes a big difference.

Una - A
casa - house  
con - with
jardín - garden
hace - makes
gran - big / great
diferencia - difference.

El jardín the garden

Miércoles, 9 de julio de 2014

Mi palabra del día es jardín. 
My word of the day is garden.

El pequeño jardín.
The small garden.
El jardín = The garden.

El = the
pequeño = small
jardín = garden

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Mi palabra del día es ventana window.

martes, 8 de julio de 2014

Mi palabra del día es ventana.
My word of the day is window.

La ventana de mi cocina.
My kitchen window.
La ventana - the window
de mi - of my 
cocina - kitchen

La ventana = the window.

Monday, July 7, 2014

El sándwich Sandwich.

Lunes, 7 de julio de 2014

Hoy  mi palabra del día es facil. 
Today my word of the day is easy.

facil = easy

Today I thought I'd do a quick post on cognates. What is a cognate you ask ?

Taken from :

Many Spanish and English words have Latin or Greek roots and the same meaning; these words are called cognates. The Spanish language borrows many words from English and, vice versa, English borrows many words from Spanish. By knowing a few simple rules about cognates, students can quickly expand their vocabulary in Spanish or English.

Cognates are very easy or facil ways to add a lot of words to your foreign language vocabulary. Por ejemplo : For example :

El sándwich = sandwich.

El sándwich is a cognate, it's almost identical to the English word. Learning and using Spanish cognates is a great way to add a lot of words to your Spanish vocabulary.
 I'm going to be adding at least a cognate a week to If you would like to study cognates check out for a huge alphabetised free list of cognates found in Spanish.

On a side note I plan on adding a link section to the blog consisting of free spanish learning resources. As always ¡Gracias por leer y adios! Thanks for reading and goodbye !

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Mi palabra del día es naranja. Orange La fruta y color

Miércoles, 2 de julio de 2014

Mi palabra del día es naranja. 
My word of the day is orange.

La fruta y el color = the fruit and the color.

Los colores = the colors
Naranja = orange

Naranja = orange.
Frase / Phrase

Mi camiseta es naranja.
My t-shirt is orange.

Mi = my
camiseta = t-shirt
es = is
naranja = orange

También la fruta naranja. = Also the fruit orange.

La fruta naranja = The fruit orange

jugo de naranja = orange juice.

jugo = juice
de = of
naranja = orange

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Mi palabra del día es julio. July

1 de julio de 2014
el primero de julio
the first of July
Bienvenido julio = Welcome July !
Bienvenido = welcome
Julio = July.
Mi palabra del día es julio. My word of the day is July.
Los fuegos artificiales  =  fireworks
Note : In Spanish you don't capitalize the name of the month when writing it.