When learning Spanish words for foods and drinks people often ask why red wine in Spanish is called “vino tinto” and not “vino rojo” when the Spanish word for “red” is “rojo”. The answer relates to the Latin origin of the word “tinto” and also to the process of wine making. Continue reading →
Here are the names of the Olympic sports in German:
Hier sind die Sportarten in der Olympiade auf Deutsch:
[English – German]
Athletics – Leichtathletik
Badminton – Badminton (the same as English)
Basketball – Basketball (the same as English)
Handball – (the same as English)
Boxing – Boxen
Cycling – Radsport Continue reading →
Often on holiday you need to make a phone call; to book a table at a restaurant, book a taxi or hotel room or call a local tradesman. Maybe you deal with colleagues and clients in Spain and regularly make calls abroad. It is a good idea not to rely on all Spaniards speaking English and more importantly it is good to offer at least a few words in Spanish. Here are a few key words and phrases to learn before making a phone call in Spain:
Dígame / Diga: Hello. [Literally, “tell me”]
¿Está Juan?: Is Juan there?
Sí, soy yo.: Yes, speaking.
No, no está. No, he’s not here.
Soy Carmen.: It’s Carmen. Continue reading →