Sunday, July 4, 2010

Say What?

The Spanish language is just about the next best thing after sliced bread -and margaritas. Some may say the language is romantic. Others may say it sounds like gibberish on speed. It can be both.

The second most commonly spoken language in the U.S., Spanish is spoken across the globe and is the official or national language in 20 countries and in Puerto Rico-commonly mistaken as a country, the island is actually a commonwealth of the U.S.

Each country has its own unique accent and often distinct vocabulary. But one thing all Spanish-speaking countries have in common is a true love for idiomatic expressions. While the expressions may have different variations, they are typically understood within the Spanish-language community.

Some of my favorite expressions deal with food. The perfect example: Barriga llena, corazon contento (Full belly, happy heart). Duh. In English, while we do have idiomatic expressions, I find them to be dry and boring compared to the fun and interesting expressions in Spanish.

Here are a few other favorites:

La vida es como una receta de comida, el sazon tu se lo pones. (Life is like a recipe, you add your own spice.)

Come y bebe que la vida es breve. (Eat and drink, for life is short)

Comida que mucho hierve, sabor pierde. (Food that boils a lot loses its flavor)

"Keep an eye out" -more to come.

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