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 

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 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!