Trip to Latvia: Latvian Travel Phrases!

Hello everyone, and happy Monday! We hope that you all enjoyed the weekend and were able to get some rest and relaxation. As for us, we’re preparing soon for a fun trip that we’ve been looking forward to for a while. We’re going to Latvia! Latvia is a Baltic country located in Northern Europe. It has a rich culture and history, and a lot of interesting places to visit, including its capital, Riga, where we will be spending a good deal of our trip. The official language of Latvia is Latvian, which is a totally new language for us! So in order to get ready for the trip, we thought we’d compile a list of some useful travel words and phrases in Latvian that might come in handy. Here’s what we’ve found so far:

airplane=lidmašīna

airport=lidosta

taxi=taksometrs

train=vilciens

bus=autobuss

Police=policija

hotel=viesnīca

thank you=Paldies

please=Lūdzu

Good morning=Labrīt

Good afternoon=Labdien

Excuse me=Atvainojiet

Where is the restroom=Kur ir tualete?

That’s all for now! We’re total newbies, so if you have any experience with Latvian, please add to our list! Here’s to hoping that wherever you are, that you are having a good beginning to your week. Until next time!

 

Trip to the Zoo: Spanish Vocabulary

Hello everyone! We hope that you’re all doing well and are enjoying the weekend! This week we thought we’d focus our blog post on another fun summer activity, going to the zoo! Here in Hamburg there is a beautiful zoo, the Hagenbeck Tierpark, and we enjoy going when the weather is nice.  The zoo is a great place to learn about the different animals, and for this visit we thought we’d review some Spanish language vocabulary at the same time. We made a list of some of our favorite animals and their names in Spanish, and we had a lot of fun coming up with our list! Here’s what we have so far:

lion=el león

elephant=el elefante

giraffe=la jirafa

penguin=el pingüino

tiger=el tigre

monkey=el mono 

hippo=el hipopótamo

kangaroo=el canguro

rhino=el rinoceronte

zebra=la cebra

alligator=el caimán

bear=el oso

flamingo=el flamenco

What are your favorite animals to visit at the zoo? What places do you like to visit in the summer? Can you add to our list? We hope that wherever you are, that you are enjoying your weekend! Until next week!

Fun Outdoors! German Park Vocabulary

For today’s post we thought we’d review some German vocabulary words for one of our favorite summertime activities–going to the park! Here in Germany there are many beautiful parks, you can check out some really stunning German national parks here!  Our local parks are quite a bit smaller than these, but there are still a lot of opportunities to learn and practice new words. Here are some of  the words we’re working on learning!

butterfly=der Schmetterling 

tree=der Baum 

the slide=die Rutsche

acorn=die Eichel

grass=das Gras

ducks=die Enten

kite=der Drachen

bird=der Vogel 

dog=der Hund 

squirrel=das Eichhörnchen

the bicycle=das Fahrrad

the bench=die Bank

the swing=die Schaukel

sandbox=der Sandkasten

twigs=die Zweige

That’s what we have so far! What do you think are some useful words for a trip to the park? Can you add to our list? We hope that wherever you are, that you are enjoying your weekend with one of your favorite activities. Until next week!

 

Beat the Heat: Summer Spanish Fruit Vocabulary!

What’s the weather like where you are? Here in Germany it’s been fairly mild, not too hot or too cold. We’re enjoying the temperate weather! But it’s still summer, and in our house that means we’ve been getting outside to play a lot more often. For us a great to go summer snack is a piece of fruit! We’ve been stocking up at the local markets lately on lots of delicious fresh fruit, and the warmer weather makes it taste even better.  Sometimes we like to freeze fruits and then blend them into yogurts or smoothies. Really good! So for this week’s post we wanted to review some vocabulary words for different fruits in Spanish. So here’s our list!

Banana=el plátano

Strawberry=la fresa

Blueberry=el arándano

Pineapple=la piña

Peach=el melocotón

Apricot=el albaricoque

Watermelon=la sandía

Grapes=las uvas

Raspberry=la frambuesa

Orange=la naranja 

Pear=la pera

Apple=la manzana

Plum=la ciruela

Kiwi=el kiwi

We know there are a lot more, but these are some of our favorites. What are some of your favorite fruits? What are some of your favorite summertime snacks? Here’s to hoping that wherever you are, that you are ready to enjoy the weekend with your own favorite snack. Until next week!