Quick Spanish lesson

Generally, it takes more words in Spanish to convey the same thing that can be said in English with fewer words. But there are three words that I like very much in Spanish which each express what English requires two or more words for.

1) zafar (“szah-far”) which means “to get away with”, “to avoid”, or “to free oneself from trouble”. For example: “Zafaste!” (You got away with it!) or “Zafé!” (I avoided trouble!”)

2) quitar (“key-tar”) which means “to remove”, “to take off/up”, or “to deprive”. For example: “Me quité los zapatos.” (I took off my shoes) or “El trabajo me quita mucho tiempo.” (Work takes up a lot of my time.”)

3) madrugar (“mah-droo-gar”) which means “to get up early”. For example: “Tengo que madrugar el lunes.” (I need to get up early on Monday). 

Pretty efficient stuff!

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4 thoughts on “Quick Spanish lesson

  1. Kelly Cook says:

    why can’t I see all your text? Also, zafar is an awesome verb! It might just be my new word of the day! I am also a fan of Ojala (sorry don’t know where accents are)… .

  2. Solange says:

    Is it all showing now? I don’t know why some did not come out! The accent is on the last ‘a’ of that word…which is a great one too!

  3. Ronald says:

    true, there are few words very cool; they are usually lunfardo (slang in argentina); you can find few more here, a english-lunfardo dicitionay, http://www.elportaldeltango.com/english/dicciona.htm. Abatatarse is a good one too (although a bit long); or budin. This dictionary is ok, but it’s not completely accurate; for example jeton it’s not only a person with a big face, but most import it refers to a person that speak loud, interrupts other people conversations, basically a pain in the neck sort of person (a nationality come to mind when I think of jetones but I won’t mention it!). chamullamos luego!

  4. Judy says:

    I’m still at the greeting stage 🙂 Ola!

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