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

Back to School Shopping: Spanish Vocabulary

Hello everyone! As summer slowly fades away, many school districts are beginning the process of welcoming back students after the summer break…and with back to school often comes a back to school shopping list. This summer passed by way too fast, it feels like it just started! So for this week’s post we wanted to focus a little bit on vocabulary for back to school shopping, although most of these words are useful for any kind of shopping. Here we’ve listed some Spanish words that might come in handy during a back to school shopping trip. There are many, many more, so if you have some we don’t have here we’d love to add them. And if you’re looking for back to school teacher’s gifts we highly recommend one of our mugs, they’re perfect for a coffee or tea loving teacher. Here’s to hoping that wherever you are, that you are enjoying your week. And if you’re beginning a new school year within the next few days or weeks, we wish you a happy and productive year! Until next time!

go shopping=ir de compras

school supplies=los útiles escolares

to buy=comprar

to sell=vender

to pay=pagar

to look for=buscar

the cashier=la cajera/el cajero

credit card=la tarjeta de crédito

money=el dinero

cash=el efectivo

shopping bag=la bolsa de la compra

discount=el descuento

receipt=el recibo

tax=el impuesto

price=el precio

free=gratis

expensive=caro

cheap=barato

fitting room=el probador

counter=el mostrador

notebook=el cuaderno

pencil=el lápiz

pen=el bolígrafo

paper=el papel

backpack=la mochila

stapler=la engrapadora

folder=la carpeta

How much does it cost=Cuánto cuesta

 

 

 

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!

One Exciting Game, Lots of Ways to Say it!

In our house like in many houses around the world, we’ve been watching a lot of soccer lately! We’re frequently reminded by many of our friends here in Germany however, that there are a lot of different ways to refer to the game that we call soccer 🙂  So for today’s post, we thought we’d round up the word “soccer” in a few different languages.  There are a lot! Some of these surprised us, for example we had no idea that soccer in Italian is “calcio.” Very interesting! Did any of these surprise you? Do you enjoy watching soccer/football/fútbol? Or playing it? I think no matter what we call the game, it’s a great pastime that helps bring lots of different people from around the world together. That’s something to cheer about! Until next week!

German=Fußball

French=football

Chinese=足球

Spanish=fútbol

Italian=calcio

Portugese=futebol

Korean=축구

Dutch=voetbal

Danish=fodbold

Icelandic=fótbolta

Afrikaans=sokker