Friday Flashcard: Spanish Weather Words

Hello everyone, and happy Friday! Hope that you’re all enjoying your day and are looking forward to the weekend. Around here the weather lately has been kind of crazy, changing from cold to warm and rainy to sunny and back again. As fall takes hold and winter quickly approaches, we imagine the weather will be getting colder and colder, but so far we’ve been fortunate to still have a few semi-warm days every once in a while! So because of the constantly changing weather, we decided to dedicate this week’s Friday flashcard and vocabulary list to the fickle weather and see how many Spanish weather words we could collect. Here’s our list! How is the weather where you are? What is your favorite type of weather? We enjoy the mild warm weather, but every once in a while we like snow and a cold winter day, it’s the perfect excuse to stay indoors with a hot chocolate or head outside to watch the snowflakes. Here’s to hoping that wherever you are, that you are enjoying the weather and are looking forward to a relaxing and fulfilling weekend doing something that you love. Until next week!

rainbow= arco iris

the rain=la lluvia

to rain= llover 

cloud= nube

cloudy= nublado

fog= niebla

wind= viento

the snow= la nieve

to snow= nevar

hurricane=huracán

tornado= tornado

hail= el granizo

to hail= granizar

the storm= la tormenta

the lightning bolt= el rayo

the sun= el sol

It’s cold= hace frío

It’s hot= hace calor

Delicious Words and Pastries: The German Bakery

Walking along the sidewalk on an early morning errand,  I turn and peek through the glass and into the small bakery, already bustling with people despite the early hour. Judging by the lines snaking out of the front door, I’m not the only one who finds the smells of cinnamon, sugar and baking bread in the morning irresistible! Here in Germany the bakery, “die Bäckerei,” is an important part of everyday life. Many Germans begin their day with a trip to the bakery for fresh bread and pastries, and as one of the few  businesses allowed to open on Sunday, bakeries are a popular Sunday morning spot for friends to meet and share a coffee. In addition to the famous breads and pastries, some of the larger German bakeries also serve breakfasts and lunches, as well as a variety of coffees and teas. Many also feature children’s play areas, making them an ideal meet-up spot for families. If you’re planning a trip to Germany in the future, we highly recommend a trip to the local bakery! Here are some of the delicious pastries you can expect to see.

Types of Pastries

  • Berliner– This famous German pastry is made of fried dough and resembles a doughnut without the hole. It is often filled with chocolate or jam and sometimes has a decadent topping, such as sugar or even chocolate candies.
  • Brezel (Pretzel)– This bread pastry needs little introduction. It’s a baked bread twisted into the famous pretzel shape and dusted with salt, and it’s delicious!
  • Puddingbrezel– Pretzel shape, different taste! A sweet pretzel shaped pastry filled with scoops of vanilla pudding.
  • Bienenstich– A dough based dessert topped with caramelized almonds and filled with cream or custard.
  • Franzbrötchen– This dessert from northern Germany resembles a croissant and is baked with cinnamon and butter. It oftentimes contains chocolate chips (my personal favorite!)
  • Schnecke– Yummy sweet bun, the name means “snail” in German due to it’s spiral shape. Comes with a variety of toppings, such as cinnamon, icing, baked apples, strudel and more.
  • Schwarzwälder kirschtorte– Another famous German dessert, known as “Black Forest Cake,” in English. Consists of chocolate cake with cherry filling, and decorated with whipped cream, cherries and chocolate pieces.
  • Zwetschgenkuchen– A delicious dough crust topped with pitted plums. A wonderful fruity cake for summer.
  • Käsekuchen– Cheesecake…different name, same delicious taste!

There are so many tempting options here, and oftentimes we often find ourselves leaving the bakery with one of each! Of course, once you finally do decide what’d you would like, you’re going to have to ask for it! And although many Germans do speak and understand English, they always appreciate it when someone makes the effort to use their language. Here are some common phrases that you may expect to hear, and some that you can use yourself.

Basic Bakery Vocabulary

  • Coffee= Kaffee
  • Bread= Brot
  • Cake= Kuchen
  • Good morning/Hello= guten Morgen/Hallo
  • Good day= guten Tag
  • I would like…= Ich hätte gern…
  • Please= bitte
  • Thank you= danke schön
  • Anything else?= noch etwas dazu?
  • the receipt= die Quittung
  • For here or to go? = für hier oder zum Mitnehmen?
  • Have a nice day= schönen Tag
  • Goodbye=tschüss

Yum! We hope that you’ve enjoyed this list. Now we’re ready to go to the bakery and get some pastries! Until next time!

Friday Flashcard: Spanish Halloween Words!

Hello everyone! Hope that you’re all having a good week and are ready for the weekend! We know that it’s still a little early, but we’re ready for it to be Halloween! Here in Germany Halloween isn’t really celebrated too often, but it is gaining in popularity in some areas. We think Halloween is a great excuse to get dressed up and eat a lot of candy. Some people prefer to dress casually, but some people love elaborate costumes and do an amazing job dressing up!  It’s one of our favorite holidays, and we think that it’s never too soon to review some Spanish Halloween words. So in preparation for Halloween, here is our list of spooky Spanish vocabulary words. Do you love Halloween as much as we do? Will you be dressing up this year? We hope that wherever you are, that you are ready for the weekend and are looking forward to your favorite holiday, whatever that holiday may be! Until next week!

the bat=el murciélago

the moon= la luna

the witch= la bruja

the candy= el caramelo

the ghost= el fantasma

the monster= el monstruo

the vampire= el vampiro

trick or treat= truco o trato

the spider= la araña

the spiderweb= la telaraña

the pumpkin= la calabaza

haunted house= la casa embrujada

costume= el disfraz

the mummy= la momia

Happy Halloween= Feliz Halloween

the cemetery= el cementerio

the skull= la calavera

Friday Flashcard: Spanish Post Office Vocabulary

Hello everyone, and happy Friday! Who doesn’t love to receive mail? While of course some mail is no fun at all (bills for example), there are times when receiving a piece of mail can really brighten your day. I love receiving packages, and the anticipation of  waiting for something ordered online is always fun! And although the dawn of email means receiving and sending significantly less snail mail than before, the holiday season will soon be here and for many people that means sending a lot of packages and holiday greeting cards. So for this week’s post we’ve gathered up a list of Spanish post office vocabulary words that might come in useful the next time you visit your local post office. And here’s what we came up with! Do you like to receive mail? Are you like many people we know who never send anything through the post office anymore? We hope that wherever you are that you are getting a good start to your weekend and are getting a chance to do something that you enjoy…and maybe even receive a great package or letter in the mail! Until next week!

the letter= la carta

the mailman= el cartero

the mail= el correo

the stamp= el sello

the scissors= las tijeras

the envelope= el sobre

the wrapping paper=el papel de regalo

the mailbox= el buzón

post office box= apartado de correos

zip code= el código postal

the box= la caja

to weigh= pesar

the address= la dirección

the package= el paquete

certified mail= correo certificado

registered mail= correo registrado

send a letter= enviar una carta

receive mail= recibir correo

pick up a package= recoger un paquete

 

Spanish Flashcard: Fall Colors Vocabulary

Hello everyone, and happy Saturday! Hope that you’re all getting a good and relaxing start to your weekend! Here in Germany we like to open the windows in the morning to let in the fresh air . So this morning when I woke up, I opened my curtains to let in the sun and open all of the windows in the house. And immediately I noticed something special. The leaves are changing colors! I love fall colors, and we’re finally starting to see some more of these vibrant reds, yellows and oranges in our neighborhood.  I know that when those leaves finally fall to the ground they’re going to be a lot of work to rake and clean up, but they are beautiful while they’re in the trees! So, inspired by all of these changing colors, I thought for today’s post it would be great to review some colors in Spanish. Not just fall colors, but many different colors! Here’s our list.

   Red= rojo

   Yellow= amarillo

 Green=verde

 Purple= púrpura

 Golden= dorado

  Blue= azul 

  Pink= rosado

 Grey= gris

  Orange= naranja

  Brown= marrón

  Black= negro

  White= blanco

What is your favorite color? Do you love fall colors as much as I do? Here’s to hoping that wherever you are, that you are having a great day and are welcoming in the morning  with something special that inspires you. Until next time!

Flashcard Friday: Fall Pumpkins!

Hello everyone, and happy Friday! We hope that you’ve enjoyed your week and are looking forward to the weekend. It’s officially fall where we are,  and all around us we’re seeing reminders of the new season. We love the changing leaves, the cooler temperatures and the warm fall scarves, but there is one sign that fall is here that we love the most…there are pumpkins everywhere! From delicious warm pumpkin pastries to pumpkin lattes, to decorations on front porches and to fall craft projects, it’s hard not to leave your house without seeing a pumpkin somewhere! So after exchanging recipes for homemade pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin bread with friends this morning, we knew that our vocabulary word of the week could be none other than our favorite fall symbol. The pumpkin! Here’s our vocabulary list of the word “pumpkin” in a variety of languages. We hope that wherever you are, that you are getting the chance to partake in some of your own favorite traditions and have the chance to do something that you enjoy this weekend. Until next time!

Spanish=calabaza

Chinese=南瓜 nánguā

German=Kürbis

Portuguese=abóbora

French=citrouille

Italian=zucca

Danish=græskar

Korean=호박

Norwegian=gresskar

At the Toy Store: Spanish Toy Vocabulary

Hello everyone, and happy Friday! Hope that you’ve all enjoyed the week and are looking forward to the weekend! We’ve had a lot of  birthday gifts to buy lately, and as a result we’ve spent a lot of time in toy stores and browsing for toys online. We never ceased to be amazed by how many  different kinds of toys there are out there, the selection sometimes really makes choosing the perfect gift hard!  Something we’re always happy to see though is a fun toy that helps facilitate language learning. We really enjoy looking for multilingual toys, and we’re excited to see more and more options for parents teaching a second language at home. So today we thought we would compile a list of  Spanish toy vocabulary. There are so many more, but here’s what we thought of! Do you think toys can help you learn a language? What are some of your favorite educational toys? Here’s to hoping that wherever you are, that you get a chance to relax this weekend and to do something that you enjoy. Until next week!

toy=el juguete

stuffed animals=peluches

teddy bear=el osito de peluche 

train=el tren

airplane=el avión

spinning top=el trompo

doll=la muñeca

dollhouse=la casa de muñecas

fire truck=el camión de bomberos

bicycle=la bicicleta

tricycle=el triciclo

dinosaur=el dinosaurio

blocks=los bloques

ball=la pelota

puzzle=el rompecabezas

kite=la cometa

balloon=el globo

rubber duck=el patito de goma

robot=el robot

toy car=el carro de juguete

puppet=el títere

checkers=juego de damas

chess=el ajedrez

book=el libro

Fall Weather and Warm Drinks: Spanish Fall Vocabulary

Hello everyone, and happy Friday! We hope that you are all doing well and are ready for the weekend! We don’t know about you, but where we are there is definitely a chill in the air. All around us we see signs that fall is approaching: leaves very slowly beginning to change colors, the temperature dropping, and pumpkin patches opening for the season. There’s something about this time of year that makes us want to indulge in some of our favorite hot beverages: a mug of hot coffee with lots of milk foam and hot apple cider with cinnamon are our two favorites, but there are many other delicious cold weather drinks we’re wanting to try out this season. We just released our fall hot apple cider mug, it’s a sweet way to drink an apple cider (or any other hot drink!) this fall season. You can check it out here.

For this week’s post we thought it would be fun to think up as many fall words as we could. After putting together this list, we’re really ready and excited for the fall season! What are some of your favorite fall words? We hope that wherever you are, that you are ready for the weekend and get the chance to relax and do something that you enjoy. Until next week!

fall=el otoño

orchard=la huerta

harvest=la cosecha

the rake=el rastrillo

leaves=las hojas

sunflower=el girasol

acorn=la bellota

squirrel=la ardilla

scarecrow=el espantapájaros

corn=el maíz

pumpkin=la calabaza

pumpkin pie=el pastel de calabaza

apple= la manzana

cinnamon=la canela

coffee=el café

cider=la sidra

sweater=el suéter

jacket=la chaqueta

scarf=la bufanda

Happy Labor Day: Spanish Picnic Vocabulary!

Hello everyone, and happy Saturday! Today we’re enjoying the beginning of Labor Day weekend, and the last of the summer! This weekend many people will be getting outside to make the most of the weather and of the opportunity for outdoor activities. One of our favorite Labor Day weekend activities is to get outside and have a picnic! So we thought for this week’s post we would make a list of Spanish picnic vocabulary.  There are lots of great picnic foods that are perfect for the grill, and we can’t wait to do some cooking and then get outdoors to enjoy them. What are some of your favorite Labor Day activities? How about some of your favorite picnic foods? We hope that wherever you are, that you are enjoying your weekend and getting a chance to rest and spend time doing something that you love. Until next week!

ant=la hormiga

the fly=la mosca

picnic=el pícnic

food=la comida

basket=la cesta

hamburger=la hamburgesa

hot dog=el perro caliente

salad=la ensalada

potato salad=la ensalada de papa

corn=el maíz

sandwich=el sándwich

watermelon=la sandía

chocolate cake=el pastel de chocolate

cookie=la galleta

outdoors=al aire libre

tree=el árbol

sky=el cielo

rain=la lluvia

sun=el sol

kite=la cometa

bicycle=la bicicleta

Back to Class: Spanish School Vocabulary!

Hello everyone, and happy Tuesday! Summer’s winding down, and a lot of people are heading back to class for a new school year. So this week we’ve decided to focus a little bit more on back to school and back to school Spanish vocabulary words.  Today more and more classrooms and students are bilingual, and there are a lot of words that are useful for everyday class. We’ve compiled a list of some of the ones we could find, and we’re adding to the list  as we think of more! If you’re one of the students heading back to school soon, we wish you a happy and productive school year, and to everyone else, we wish you lots of luck and happiness in whatever your new endeavors may be.  See you next time!

school=la escuela

notebook=el cuaderno

pencil=el lápiz

pencil sharpener=el sacapuntas

paper=el papel

folder=la carpeta

pen=el bolígrafo

calculator=la calculadora

scissors=las tijeras

book=el libro

printer=la impresora

chalk=la tiza

eraser=el borrador

chalkboard=la pizarra

clock=el reloj

desk=el escritorio

chair=la silla

homework=la tarea

study=estudiar

read=leer