English Spanish Vocabulary – In the city En la ciudad

Posted on 05. Oct, 2015 by in Learning, Pronunciation, Spanish Vocabulary

Today we are going to practice useful Spanish vocabulary related to the city.

Hoy vamos a practicar vocabulario español útil relacionado con la ciudad.


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In the city En la ciudad

La calle: street
La carretera: road
La avenida: avenue
La plaza: square
El parque: park
El metro: underground
La papelera: litter bin, trash can
La parada de autobús: bus stop
El monumento: monument
La estatua: statue
El parking/El aparcamiento: cark park
La torre: tower
El puerto: port
El puente: bridge
El banco: bench
La esquina: corner
El semáforo: traffic lights
La señal: traffic sign
El cartel: poster, sign
El túnel: tunnel
La fuente: fountain
El barrio: neighborhood
El distrito: district
El casco viejo/antiguo: old part of city
El cruce: crossing, crossroads
El cruce de peatones: crosswalk, pedestrian crossing
El buzón: post box, mailbox
La urbanización: urbanisation, housing estate
La calle de un solo sentido: one way street
La rotonda/glorieta: roundabout, rotary intersection
El contenedor: dumpster, skip
La farola: streetlight
El bulevar: boulevard
El paso de peatones/paso de cebra: zebra crossing
El callejón sin salida: dead end, blind alley
El suburbio: suburb
La alcantarilla: drain
La cloaca: sewer
La acera: pavement, sidewalk
La intersección: intersection

English Spanish Vocabulary: Car parts

Posted on 01. Oct, 2015 by in Entertainment, Spanish Vocabulary, Travel

¡Hola! Hoy reconoceremos las partes de un coche, automóbil o carro y su motor.

Hello! Today we will discuss parts of a car and its engine.



  • roof: el techo
  • sun roof: el techo corredizo
  • windshield: el parabrisas
  • outside mirror: el espejo exterior
  • windshield wiper: el limpia-parabrisas
  • hood: el capó
  • grill: la parrilla del radiador
  • head light: las luces delanteras
  • bumper: el parachoques, el paragolpes
  • license plate: la placa, patente, matrícula, tablilla
  • indicator light: la luz intermitente, los intermitentes
  • front fender: el guardabarros, la defensa, el guardafangos delantero
  • shield: el brazo transversal
  • wheel: la rueda
  • hub cap: tapacubos, polvera, taza, copa, taparruedas, tapabocinas
  • door: la puerta
  • door handle: manija
  • window: la ventanilla
  • roof post: brazo del techo
  • quarter window: ventanilla trasera
  • back fender: el guardabarros, la defensa, el guardafangos trasero
  • tail light: luz trasera, los antiniebla
  • trunk: el maletero, el baúl, la cajuela
  • rearview mirror: el espejo retrovisor
  • window frame: el marco de la ventanilla
  • seat: el asiento
  • steering wheel: el volante
  • windshield washer: el lava parabrisas
  • air filter: el filtro de aire
  • battery: la batería
  • distributor: el distribuidor
  • radiator: el radiador
  • alternator: el alternador
  • oil filter: filtro de aceite
  • disk brake: el freno de disco
  • muffler: el silencioso, el silenciador, el mofle
  • transmission: la transmisión
  • spare wheel: la rueda de repuesto, de auxilio, de refacción

The Spanish Language in the 2016 US Presidential Race

Posted on 30. Sep, 2015 by in Uncategorized

The United States is not an English-speaking country, and its linguistic diversity is already affecting the coming 2016 presidential elections. The argument is often made that the US federal constitution doesn’t recognize an official state language, which, while true, has few practical implications. What does matter is that 74 million Americans speak a language other than English at home — that’s about the combined population of California, Texas, and Massachusets.

Of those 74 million, more than half speak Spanish: approximately 45 million Americans speak Spanish as a first language. If you include multilinguals, that number exceeds 52 million, making the US the second-largest Spanish speaking population in the world. With these numbers, it’s easy to see why the Spanish language is finally making its voice heard in the 2016 election cycle.

Recently the race for the Republican primary nomination, which will decide which candidate will represent the Republicans in the 2016 national election, has featured some discussion of issues around the Spanish language. Donald Trump vocally criticized Jeb Bush for speaking Spanish at campaign events in Florida, claiming that “he should really set the example by speaking English while in the United States.”

Jeb Bush speaks fluent Spanish and has not been shy about it on the campaign trail. Bush taught English as a Second Language in Léon, Mexico, where he met his wife, Columba. According to Bush, he and his family regularly speak Spanish at home, “particularmente cuándo mi primera dama está enojada conmigo“. See for yourself what he has to say in this Spanish interview with Univision:

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The other prominent hispanohablante on the Republican side is Marco Rubio, a native Spanish speaker born to Cuban immigrants. Interestingly, his use of Spanish on the campaign trail seems to be taken more matter-of-factly and not as often criticized as Bush’s. This may have to do with the fact that Rubio most often engages other Cuban-American voters, a longtime part of the Republican base that is starting to move to the left. As far back as 2010, Rubio has been carefully making allowances for this key voter demographic in his public addresses, like this bilingual speech in Miami:

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With the growing number of hispanic voters and their significance in the electoral process, many in the Republican party have tried in their own ways to reach out to them. Candidates like Ted CruzGeorge Pataki, and Rand Paul have all claimed to speak Spanish or ‘Spanglish’ at some point, but most are yet to back it up in public.

Typically in American politics, the left-leaning Democrats are seen as being more in touch with Hispanic voters, but that may not be so in the 2016 race. Hillary Clinton has made deliberate moves to engage the Hispanic-American community in Spanish, but she admits to not actually speaking Spanish. She’s embarassed herself at least once with attempts to speak Spanish at campaign events.

Still, overall, Clinton appears to be polling best with Hispanic voters, even in Jeb Bush’s political home state of Florida. It’s hard to say exactly what is responsible these favorability ratings, but expressed views on immigration policy is certainly a big factor, as well as the fact that most Hispanic voters simply don’t know who the other Republican candidates are.

Immigration is one of the most divisive issues in the 2016 election cycle, and most would agree that it affects Hispanic-Americans more than anyone else. Most sources figure somewhere around 40% for the amount of the Hispanic vote needed to win the presidential election. That said, it’s easy to see why speaking Spanish will be crucial in 2016, and some of these candidates ought to think about dusting off their high school Spanish textbooks.

Does language or multilingualism influence how you feel about politicians and world leaders? Tell us about it in the comments below!