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Thursday, October 5, 2006 (read 1863 times)
 

So what's a dog say in Spanish? The vocabulary you never knew you needed.

by Erin

The part of my Spanish life that most amuses my Spanish friends is the dreaded black vocabulary hole - that mortifying moment when I suddenly realize I simply do not have a word. Or a clue to what the right word might be might be. I'll be sailing along a mile a minute in Spanish while I head upstairs to borrow a tool from a neighbor, til it hits me. At the door. I've never talked about tools. What will I ask for? Hand signals and long verb-laden descriptions work wonders. (Es algo para…)

About a year ago I sat down and learned my trees (You have a what in your yard?); just last week I ran into a brick wall telling a very funny story about a car with manual transmission. The story wasn't so funny in Spanish, although by the end, my hand signals had earned me all the vocabulary I will ever need to talk about auto transmissions.

So, if you find yourself reading a Spanish comic book, or worse yet, having a conversation with a tiny Spaniard, will you know what the doggy says? The rooster?

Here's an amusing site that lists common words for animal sounds - in 17 languages.

Spanish dogs say guau, by the way. Donkeys express themselves with iha iha, and roosters…I'll leave you to find that one on your own.


Keywords: vocabulary,resources,children,beginners

Comments

1 » Teneriffe Veterinary Surgery (on Thursday, October 11, 2012) said:

How many members have participated in your El Médano? I will also participate in next exhibition. Teneriffe Veterinary Surgery

2 » dQ Tyson (on Monday, October 15, 2012) said:

Thank you for your interest in our blog and we hope that you enjoy the exhibition in El Médano. don Quijote does not work with the exhibition, but we do have students studying at our Spanish school in Tenerife.

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