Spanish Newsletter 87 - New Vocabulary and Idioms

Spanish Newsletter 87 - New Vocabulary and Idioms

Spanish Newsletter 87 - New Vocabulary and Idioms

Welcome to the Insta Spanish Newsletter Volume 87

Part of the Spanish Learning Blog - your weekly lessons with mp3 files, as well as links to Spanish travel spots and more. Happy turkey day! In honor of turkey day, we are dedicating this issue of our newsletter to animals, both sounds and idiomatic vocabulary.

Have you ever read a Spanish cartoon strip? They can actually be a helpful way of learning the language! They always have imagery, are always pretty short - and often times the words used are common words that may be slang that you would not learn in a textbook. One thing you find frequently in comic strips are animal sounds, and what sounds like "woof woof" to us in English, to the Spanish speaking world, is "wow, wow" - a bit more like BOW WOW :)

This week we are going to take a look at the sounds that make animals "in Spanish" or according to Spanish speaking people. And instead of featuring a Spanish artist, we'll feature a "Spanish speaking" animal character: Leo Verdura. One of the few in the history of spanish cartoons.

We are now up to about 4,000 members in our online forum - and this week there was also a lively chat session, which will hopefully become a weekly occurrence. You can see the chat schedule here. I did not get too many bites on my movie discussion forum last week - but if anybody has a movie they would like to discuss - let me know and I'll try to watch it. Come on, people! :)

Mimicking Animal Sounds in Spanish

What does the dog do? What does the cow do? We are going to pay attention to the verb and to the representation of the sound, known as "onomatopoeia." So we've already discussed above, in English we use the term "woof, woof" for a dog barking. Let's go over some of these sounds - so that you'll be prepared when somebody says "pío pío", you will not be totally clueless as to what they are talking about.

The dog barks (barking). The dog makes "wow, wow."
Dogs bark. Dogs say "woof, woof."

The cow muge (moo). The cow makes "moo." Cows moo. Cows say "moo."

The chick pia (piar). The chick makes "tweet, tweet."
Chicks chirp. Chicks say "chirp, chirp."

The cat howls (meow). The cat does "meow, meow."
Cats meow. Cats say "meow, meow."

The sheep bullet (balar). The sheep makes "bee." Sheep bleat. Sheep say "baa."

The owl hoots (howling). The owl does "uh, uh, uh." Owls hoot. Owls say "hoo, hoo."

There are some animals that have a similar sound both in English and Spanish. For instance:

lions and tigers roar - "grrr." The lion and the tiger roar (roar). They make "grrr."

External Link : Article about Spanish Animal Sounds - Fashions with Animals

Here are some fashions involving animals that I found on the Colloquial English - speak like a spaniard blog online (thanks!)

The Complete Musical Spanish

Learn Spanish the fun and easy way - 4 CD set (2 audio CDs, 2 CD-roms) teaches the basics of Spanish through songs like La Bamba, Guantanamera , and Cielito Lindo. Sales support the newsletter as well ... Check out all of the buying options including downloadable version here. Leon is famous for its Gothic León Cathedral and many other monumental buildings, such as the Royal Collegiate Church of San Isidoro (which holds the Royal Pantheon, a mausoleum in which medieval Kingdom of Leon's royal family were buried, and also has one of the world's best collections of Romanesque paintings); Casa de Botines (an early work of Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí, nowadays occupied by a bank); San Marcos (originally the Military Order of Santiago's home, built in the 16th century); or the new MUSAC, the Castile and León Museum of Contemporary Art. León is also known for its "fiestas", like Easter. Leonese processions are declared to be of International Interest and, on those days, many people from all over the world visit Leon to see and participate in its traditions (from Wikepedia).

Spanish Cartoon Leo Verdura was created by the late Spanish cartoonist Rafael Ramos (1943-2000) in 1986. It would appear eleven a week in "The Little Country", the youngsters supplement of the "El País" sunday paper.

You must have guessed by his surname: "greenery". (Which translates as either "vegetable" or "greenery"). Leo was a very unconventional lion: Vegetarian, enviromentalist, and a family man. I do not believe he ever roared. His friends and companions were Raad, the leopard, and a baby gorilla, along with his carnivorous wife Katya and his two sons, Stanley and Livingstone.

Insta Spanish Newsletter Volume 87, Nov 17, 2007

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