Using Spanish words in written or spoken English

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26 Sep 2016 14:43 by johnzx Star rating in Spain. 5247 posts Send private message

(For those who do not speak Spanish). 

Although it can work to just guess the Spanish word for what you want to say, it can be 'dangerous'..


Just a few examples:-


Pie                   “foot,”    the body part.

Delito                 not  “delight.”    But a  crime or serious offense,

Crudo                 Not “crude.    ” It can mean “raw,” like raw meat (carne cruda

Constipado         This Spanish word refers to sinus and nasal congestion

Propaganda        not political brainwashing but advertisements

Embarazada        means pregnant

Preservativo        is a   condom

Informe                is a report, as in a medical report of your treatment.

And of course the often misused:-

‘una denuncia’      is a report or complaint as in say a crime report,  or a complaint about noisy dogs., etc.



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26 Sep 2016 15:36 by baz1946 Star rating. 2213 posts Send private message

se toma la galleta.

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26 Sep 2016 15:44 by camposol Star rating in Camposol. 1408 posts Send private message

Our old friends, cojones( sorry, Johnx) Cojines and  Cajones

I once tried to order 3 cushions for my settee , only to be met with a horrified stare

I consulted my dictionary to see what on earth I'd said to cause such a reaction!


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26 Sep 2016 23:22 by tteedd Star rating in Hertfordshire & Punt.... 974 posts Send private message

My wife wanted more pillows in the Hotel

I some how got mixed up between alfombra and almohada

Caused quite a bit of consternation.

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