Some of the coolest words in Spanish are those that are resourceful, descriptive … and difficult to translate into languages like English!
Sometimes an idea can be expressed with a single word in Spanish, but it requires a long sentence to convey its meaning in another language.
When there is a word for something in a language, it usually means that it is important enough for that culture to need a name for it.
As you learn Spanish, understanding these beautiful words will open windows into Spanish culture and improve your understanding of the language.
I’ve gathered some of my favorite Spanish words that have no English equivalents and explained what they mean.
Here are six cool Spanish words with no direct English translation:
In many Spanish-speaking countries, most people stay at the table for hours after dinner, just talking, having a coffee and joking.
In Spanish culture, there is no greater pleasure than sharing a table with family and friends, chatting nonsense, or solving the world’s problems. So we have a word to describe it.
- Translation: the time in which you chat comfortably at the table after dinner.
- Example:La Sobremesa se alargó hasta las seis de la tarde. (The Time to talk at the table after dinner went on until 6 p.m.)
Do you have a new outfit and can’t wait to show it off? There is a verb in Spanish that you can use the first time you are wearing an outfit.
It doesn’t just apply to clothing. We also say it to describe everything we use for the first time.
- Translation: using something for the first time.
- Example:Hoy estreno la falda que me compré ayer. (Today I am wearing for the first time the skirt I bought yesterday.)
Are you an early riser? Then you will love this word! The verb “madrugar” describes the action of getting up very early in the morning.
“La madrugada” is the term we use in Spanish to refer to the early hours of the morning and a person who gets up during this time is a “madrugador” or a “madrugadora” (something I definitely don’t am …).
- Translation: get up very early in the morning.
- Example:Ayer Madrugué para salir a correr. (Yesterday I got up very earlyIn the morning go for a walk.)
On the other hand, if you are a night owl who loves to go to bed late then there is a Spanish word for you too.
You can use this word to say that you stayed up late (or even all night) for whatever reason. Maybe you had work to do, watched TV, or been out with friends all night.
A person who goes to bed very late or stays up all night is a “Trasnochador” or a “Trasnochadora”.
- Translation: To stay up late or stay up all night.
- Example: No, me, Gusta trasnochar los domingos porque los lunes madrugo. (I do not like Stay awake for a long time Sundays because I get up early on Mondays.)
Holidays are ideal for one or the other day off. However, if a public holiday falls on a Tuesday or Thursday, you can turn it into a four-day weekend with a “puente”.
- Translation: the day or days on which you take off between two public holidays or a public holiday and a weekend.
- Example:La semana que viene hago puente y me voy a esquiar de jueves a domingo. (Next week I’ll take a day off between the holiday and the weekend and I go skiing Thursday through Sunday.)
If you never take off your coat indoors or always sit under a blanket on the sofa and watch TV, you may be a “Friolero” or a “Friolera”.
- Translation: a person who is particularly sensitive to cold temperatures.
- Example:Siempre pongo la calefacción al máximo porque soy muy friolero. (I always have the heater full because I am verysensitive to cold temperatures.)
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