Merry Christmas everyone, and Feliz Navidad! As we take time this holiday season to reflect on the year, we feel grateful to have had the chance to work with so many wonderful people. It’s been a busy year, with lots of work but also lots of fun and learning. All around us we continue to see the power of language to bring people together, and the beautiful process of learning through cultural exchange. Now as we prepare for the end of the year and look forward to a new year, we believe even more strongly in the beauty and importance of every language, and in the potential for language study to foster understanding and cooperation between people. We’re very excited for the new developments, challenges and joys this year will bring. Thank you all so much for your support of our business, and we wish you a wonderful holiday season! Happy holidays to all!
Hello everyone, and Happy Friday! Hope that you’re all enjoying your week and are ready for the weekend! We’ll be staying at home for the holidays, but many of our friends and neighbors are preparing to leave for winter vacations. And one of the most popular choices is a ski vacation! Though outdoor winter sports and activities are a little bit too cold for me, many people enjoy the crisp air and the experience of being outdoors in the elements. So for this week’s Friday flashcard we compiled a list of Spanish winter sports vocabulary words. We know that there are many, many more, but these are some of the ones that we found. What are some of your favorite winter sports? Do you have some words to add to our list? We hope that wherever you are, that you are getting a chance to enjoy some of your favorite pastimes, whether they be indoors or outdoors. Until next time!
- winter= invierno
- winter sports= deportes de invierno
- mountains= montañas
- mountaineering= alpinismo
- go up= subir
- go down= bajar
- to slip= resbalar
- to ski= esquiar
- alpine ski= esquí alpino
- skis= esquís
- ski boots= botas de esquí
- ski poles= bastones de esquí
- ice skating= patinaje sobre hielo
- figure skating= patinaje artístico
- speed skating= patinaje de velocidad
- ice skates= patines de hielo
- biathlon= biatlón
- curling= curling
- hockey= hockey
- the sled= trineo
- snow= nieve
Hello everyone, and Happy Friday! We hope that you’re all enjoying your week and are staying warm if it’s chilly where you are. Here in Germany it’s very cold, and getting colder by the day! The holiday season is definitely upon us, and everywhere the streets are filled with holiday shoppers braving the elements…brrrr! We’ve been staying indoors quite a bit lately, but when we do go outside it’s with a lot of clothing layers on, and our trip often includes a stop for a hot coffee or tea along the way. It’s cold, but the views of the Christmas markets make for a cozy season.
Unfortunately the colder weather has also brought along some things that are not so nice, and we know a lot of people have been feeling under the weather lately. So, inspired by the dropping temperatures, we decided that this week we would focus our vocabulary list on Spanish cold weather words, trying to think of as many words as we can related to the cold weather season. We hope that you like our list, and wherever you are, that you are enjoying the season and getting the chance to do something that you love, that motivates you and that makes you happy. Until next time! Stay warm!
- mittens= manoplas
- coat= abrigo
- winter= invierno
- snow= nieve
- snowball= bola de nieve
- blizzard= tormenta de nieve
- snowflake= copo de nieve
- ice= hielo
- hail= granizo
- icicle= carámbano
- wind= viento
- snowman= muñeco de nieve
- ski= esquí
- a sled= un trineo
- it’s cold= hace frío
- a cold= un resfriado
- the flu= la gripe
- chicken soup= sopa de pollo
- hot tea= té caliente
- thermometer= termómetro
- medicine= medicina
Hello everyone, and happy Friday! We hope that you’ve all enjoyed your week and are ready for the weekend. Here in Germany there’s a definite Christmas spirit in the air. Already many of the local Christmas markets are opening, and everywhere there are lights and Christmas colors. The Christmas markets are a tradition here in Germany, selling their beautiful wooden crafts, lights, baked ginger breads, and of course Glühwein, the traditional German mulled wine served hot and delicious. It’s festive and lovely, and it’s hard not to feel happy surrounded by so much holiday spirit!
So we thought that for this week we would compile a list of German Christmas vocabulary words related to the holiday season. If you’re interested in German Christmas markets, here is a list of some of the most famous markets in Germany. But we’d venture to say that no matter where you go, you’re bound to find that each city and market has its own special uniqueness and charm. So here are our words! We hope that wherever you are, that you are getting the chance to do something that you love and that makes you happy. Until next week!
Christmas market = Weihnachtsmarkt
Advent calendar= Adventskalender
Christmas tree= Weihnachtsbaum
Gingerbread cookie= Lebkuchen
candy cane= Zuckerstange
Santa Claus= Weihnachtsmann
mulled wine= Glühwein
hot chocolate= heiße Schokolade
gift wrapping paper= Geschenkpapier
Christmas card= Weihnachtskarte
Hello everyone, and Happy Friday! For those living in the United States, there’s a big holiday coming up this week…Thanksgiving! Many people across the US embrace the opportunity to gather with family and friends, share a lot of good food, and in many families spend an evening watching US football! Growing up, my family enjoyed incorporating Cuban dishes into our Thanksgiving celebration. We ate turkey, but we also ate black beans and rice, yuca con mojo, tostones, and many other delicious dishes. It always made for a special, unique day that we looked forward to year round. This year we’re living in Germany, and so things are a little different. For one thing, we’re working through the holiday, and secondly, we don’t have many of the ingredients available in our local stores to make some of our favorite dishes. But we’re still excited for the holiday, and we’re planning on celebrating in any way we can! So for the holiday, here are some Thanksgiving dinner Spanish vocabulary words.
Happy Thanksgiving= Feliz Día de Acción de Gracias
friends and family= amigos y familia
sweet potato= batata
mashed potato= puré de papas
green beans= judías verdes
pumpkin pie= pastel de calabaza
US football= fútbol americano
We hope that if you celebrate Thanksgiving, that you have a wonderful holiday this week. We wish everyone a happy and restful weekend. Until next week!
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
the snow= la nieve
to snow= nevar
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
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
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!
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
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
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.
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!