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 

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 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


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




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 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!

Friday Flashcard: Cute, Cuddly Little Gato/Gata/Cat!

Hello everyone! We hope that you’ve all had a great week, and that you’re looking forward to the weekend! Sometimes it’s a struggle to agree on a topic for our Friday flashcard, but today was an obvious choice for us! This week our  cat got sick, and ended up at the vet 🙁 He’s doing much better now thankfully, but in honor of our sick little guy, today’s flashcard is “the cat.” In Spanish the word for cat is”el gato” for a male cat, and ” la gata” for a female cat. If you want to refer to a kitten, you can add the -ito/-ita ending, making it “el gatito,” male kitten, and “la gatita,” female kitten. You can read more about the Spanish word for cat here in the dictionary of the Real Academia Española, a great source for learning new vocabulary words. In the meantime, we hope that you all enjoy the weekend, and are getting a chance to do something fun and relaxing. Until next week!

¡Feliz viernes a todos! Esperamos que todos hayan pasado una semana fantástica. A veces nos cuesta mucho ponernos de acuerdo sobre el tema de nuestra tarjeta didáctica de la semana, pero esta semana fue fácil.  Esta semana nuestro gato se enfermó y lo tuvimos que llevar al veterinario. Ahora está mucho mejor, y en su honor nuestra tarjeta didáctica de la semana es la frase “the cat,” en inglés o “el gato,” en español.  En inglés, se usa la palabra “cat” para gatos y para gatas. Si quiere referirse a un “gatito” o a una “gatita,” se usa la palabra “kitten.” Puede leer más sobre la palabra, “cat,” aquí.  Esperamos que dónde quiera que estén, queridos lectores, disfruten de este fin de semana.