Monday Flashcard

Hello everyone, and happy Monday! We hope that you all enjoyed the weekend and are getting a great start to the week. Today’s Monday flashcard is one of our favorite desserts…a cupcake! In Spanish a cupcake is “una magdalena.” So here is our sweet Monday flashcard, featuring a cute pink cupcake! We hope that wherever you are that you are having a great day. Until next time!

Merry Christmas and Feliz Navidad

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!

Friday Flashcard: Spanish Winter Sports Vocabulary

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 

Flashcard Friday: Spanish Cold Weather Words

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! 

  • gloves=guantes
  • mittens= manoplas
  • hat=gorra
  • scarf=bufanda
  • boots=botas
  • 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 

Flashcard Friday: German Christmas Vocabulary

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= Weihnachten

Christmas market = Weihnachtsmarkt

Advent calendar= Adventskalender

star= Stern

Christmas tree= Weihnachtsbaum

Gingerbread cookie= Lebkuchen

snowflake= Schneeflocke

angel= Engel

snowman= Schneemann

gift= Geschenk

candy cane= Zuckerstange

reindeer= Rentier

Santa Claus= Weihnachtsmann

mulled wine= Glühwein

hot chocolate= heiße Schokolade

gift wrapping paper= Geschenkpapier

wreath= Kranz

candle= Kerze

Christmas card= Weihnachtskarte

Friday Flashcard: Thanksgiving Dinner Spanish Vocabulary!

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

eat= comer

share= compartir

turkey= pavo

sweet potato= batata

mashed potato= puré de papas

corn= maíz

green beans= judías verdes

bread= pan

stuffing= relleno

pumpkin pie= pastel de calabaza

plate= plato

fork= tenedor

spoon= cuchara

knife= cuchillo

napkin= servilleta

glass= vaso

US football= fútbol americano

November= noviembre 

Thursday= jueves

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!

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


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