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  • #593161

    WIY
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    Looking for some of the more common words and phrases that Spanish people use. Basically the words you need to communicate with a Spanish housekeeper or a Spanish worker in a store that doesnt speak English or Yiddish (many do speak Yiddish lol!)

    Thanks guys/gals.

    #714966

    Homeowner
    Member

    Here’s some stuff I picked up on a trip:

    Necesito medicamento contra la diarrea.

    #714967

    eclipse
    Member

    i went into a teacher store and bought a full-size poster of the most common words and phrases.i have it on a wall at home and pass by it often.so when i heard a lady say “pork”and i hoped she wasn’t referring to me(!),i went home,checked the chart,and saw:”porque”-because.whew!that was a relief.

    #714968

    deiyezooger
    Member

    Uno dwa tress quadro cinko shess (one two three four five six)

    #714969

    WIY
    Member

    People please translate as well thanks!

    #714970

    smartcookie
    Member

    Manyana- tomorrow!

    #714971

    apushatayid
    Participant

    Gracias. Thank you

    De nada. Its nothing (used in response to thanks the way one says in english “no problem”).

    Agua. Water

    Feliz navidad. Happy holiday (you’ll need it next month).

    Hola. Hello

    Si. Yes.

    Buenos dias. Good morning

    Buenos noches. Good night

    Buenos tardes (tadres?) Good afternoon

    Muy bien. Very well (usually goes together with gracias as a response to comas estes (I’m spelling it how I pronounce it, which is probably wrong) how are you, muy bien gracias – very well, thank you.

    #714972

    aries2756
    Participant

    There is a book you can buy on Amazon called “Maid in Spanish” very easy to use for housekeeping spanish translations.

    #714973

    tzippi
    Member

    And be very generous with

    – por favor

    – gracias

    – the universal smile, same in every language.

    #714974

    Homeowner
    Member

    apushatayid, I am guessing you were not kidding with your post as I was with part of mine. “Feliz Navidad” does not mean “Happy Holiday” but rather “Merry Christmas.” I mention this because I know that many here would not say that in English. http://translate.google.com/#es|en|Feliz%20navidad

    #714975

    metrodriver
    Member

    Poster #4; (Deyezooger) You unwittingly mixed in Polish and Russian words, too. There’s a joke about someone who went in front of a Judge to receive Canadian Citizenship. The Judge asked the Zaidy (or Bubby) “Do you speak English?” The candidate answers, “Oui”. Judge says. “That’s French”. Candidate says to spouse. “I didn’t know I speak French, too”…!

    #714976

    LAer
    Member

    Homeowner, I think you’d most likely need those phrases when you’re actually IN Mexico!

    eclipse – it’s pronounced “porkay” and can also mean “why?” Example: “Por que?” (Why?) – would be answered with “porque…” (because…”) Confusing.

    deiyezooger, not quite… It’s uno (or un), dos, tres, quatro, cinco, seis, siete, ocho, nueve, diez.

    And the phrase I get the most use out of these days: “numero equivocado” (wrong number).

    #714977

    aries2756
    Participant

    Dinero – money;

    cosina – kitchen;

    banyo- bath;

    leche – dairy;

    carne- meat;

    limpia – clean;

    lave- wash;

    luz- light;

    planche- iron;

    towala- towel;

    papier- paper;

    madre-mother;

    bambino – baby;

    linen – ropa

    tablecloth – mapa

    Sunday – domingo

    Monday – Lunas

    Saturday – Sabato

    #714978

    Homeowner
    Member
    #714979

    LAer
    Member

    aries, do you by any chance have a Spanish-speaking housekeeper? 🙂

    Just a couple of corrections – ropa is clothing, and towel is toalla, pronounced “toe-ai-ah.”

    The rest of the days of the week (Monday-Sunday) are: Lunes, Martes, Miercoles, Jueves, Viernes, Sabado, Domingo

    The “j” is pronounced like an “h”, and the “v” like a “b.” So Thursday and Friday would be “Huebes” and “Biernes.”

    #714980

    tzippi
    Member

    FWIW, navidad means nativity. Not the same issues as xmas.

    #714981

    Purple
    Member

    You can send a text to google and get english translated into spanish.

    Let’s say I want to ask how to say “good morning” in spanish:

    Send text message to 46645

    Type (without the quotes)

    “Translate good morning to spanish”

    You’ll receive a text message back with the translation.

    #714982

    aries2756
    Participant

    There are a lot of translator sites on the web as well.

    I don’t know how to spell in spanish but…

    bed – dormi

    here – aqui

    where – donde

    time – hora

    black – negra

    white- blanca

    red – rosa

    #714983

    Homeowner
    Member

    tzippi, that is literally true but seriously misleading. The issue is what phrase people use in another language to be the functional equivalent of the English phrase “Merry Christmas.” You would have us believe that “Feliz Navidad” means “Happy Nativity.” I’m sorry, but that’s nonsense.

    Look up “navidad” in a Spanish-English dictionary. Here, I did it for you:

    http://www.wordreference.com/es/en/translation.asp?spen=navidad

    “Navidad” is the Spanish word for “Christmas.”

    Mir darf vissen vie azoi tzu redden. How’s that for an explanation?

    #714984

    metrodriver
    Member

    Aries2756; Some minor corrections are in place for your translations from Spanish, (which are greatly appreciated.)

    Paper = Papel (Not Papier, which is French.); Monday = Lunes. (Not Lunas); Saturday = Sabado (Not Sabato.)

    #714985

    metrodriver
    Member

    Laer; Your comment about the pronunciation of “J” needs some modification; In some South American Countries, it’s pronounced exactly like a Hebrew ???. For example “Jaime” is pronounced like ????. And “ll” is vowelized as a light (English “J”) Calle or llama are pronounced “Kazhe” and “Zhama”, respectively, (If not respectfully.)

    #714986

    metrodriver
    Member

    Homeowner; You are 100% correct in your reply to tzippy. (About the meaning of “Navidad”. That is the trick of Language Translation. You can’t just narrowly transliterate. You have to capture the true and practical meaning of the word/phrase you are using.

    #714987

    mom12
    Participant

    ropa – laundry

    ropa de cama – bed linen

    gracias..buenas noches

    #714988

    Health
    Participant

    Aries -Where did you learn Spanish? Better recheck your words. Dormi -I think is either bedroom or dormitory. The word for bed is cama. Ahora yo muy cansado y voy al mi cama para duermo! Comprenden? Buenos noche amigos!

    #714989

    aries2756
    Participant

    Yes, bed is cama and dormi is bedroom. Do you really need to know where I learned Spanish? Read the thread from the top down.

    #714990

    metrodriver
    Member

    Health; Your Spanish sentence needs some polishing. First of all, we distinguish between Male and Female forms of address. Buenas Noches is thusly spelled. (A/O Buenos Noches); “Ahora, Yo “ESTOY” (Missing in your sentence. Without the (Missing) word, your sentence would come out like ; “I very tired”.; “Y voy al mi cama para duermo” is also incorrect. “Y Voy A mi Cama para Dormir”. Additionally. “Canzado”, I believe is spelled with a “Z”, instead of an “S”.

    (I apologize for giving you a public lesson in Spanish, in front of all the readers/posters of “Coffee Room”.

    #714991

    aries2756
    Participant

    So WE speak spanish like THEY speak ENGLISH and that my friends is the language of communication!

    #714992

    Health
    Participant

    Metrodriver- Adonde naciste? En Mexico? Soy Americano. And BTW, CANSADO is spelled with a “S”. Make sure you’re right before you correct others!

    #714993

    metrodriver
    Member

    Health; I was born in Israel. I had the good fortune of living in a South American country for about 3 1/2 years. You may be right about the spelling of “Cansado”. Sitting in front of the computer, I did not have the privilege of a Spanish Dictionary. Your admonition is well taken.

    #714994

    lunes-monday,martes-tuesday,miercoles-wednesday,jueves-thursday, viernes-friday ,sabado-saturday ,domingo- sunday

    el chico-boy

    la chica-girl

    el punto – ‘o clock

    uno 1 dos 2 tres 3 cuatro 4 cinco 5 seis 6 siete 7 ocho 8 nueve 9 diez 10 once 11(pronounced un-say) doce 12

    trabajar – 2 work

    #714995

    Sister Bear
    Member

    Yo soy – I am

    Tu (you informal)eres – You are

    Ella (she) Ello (he) usted (you formal)es – she/he is

    nosostros/as somos – we are

    Ellos (they guys) Ellas (they girls) son

    fold the laundry – doble el lavadero

    numbers:

    1. uno 2. dos 3. tres. 4. cuatro 5. cinco 6. seis 7. siete 8. ocho 9. nuevo 10. diez 11. once 12. doce

    12:30 (or any hour) is doce y media

    12:15 (” ” “) is doce y cuarto

    12:45 or wtvr hour is doce minus cuarto or doce y cuarenta y cinco

    ______ y _____ – the y is pronounced ee and it means and

    como estas? how are you?

    muy bein! very good

    como estas su familia – how is your family?

    mucho gusto – pleased to meet you

    enfermo – sick

    donde estas – where is it?

    #714996

    aries2756
    Participant

    Don’t fault me on my spelling!

    Esposa – husband

    #714997

    metrodriver
    Member

    Aries 2756; (I-We) do mind your spelling. Because it means a world of difference and conveys just the opposite message that you intended; In Spanish, “Esposo” means Husband; “Esposa” means Wife.

    Shalom means peace, in Hebrew. In Sapnish it’s Spelled “Paz” Or; “La Paz” (The) Peace.

    #714998

    Homeowner
    Member

    TRR

    “el chico-boy

    la chica-girl”

    Isn’t this slang?

    #714999

    Health
    Participant

    Homeowner -It is slang. We have a similar word in English almost the exact same spelling. Nino & nina is more for a small child. Muchacho & muchacha means boy and girl.

    #715000

    metrodriver
    Member

    El Chico; The Little one (Boy); La Chica; The Little one (Girl):

    #715001

    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    No tocar esta- Don’t touch this.

    #715002

    aries2756
    Participant

    metrodriver, shall we test you on your yiddish? You are really rude and nasty! You can make a spelling correction without the attitude!

    #715003

    Homeowner
    Member

    There is nothing wrong with what metrodriver posted. This is not high school. If you are disagreed with that doesn’t mean you were shamed in public.

    I found nothing metrodriver even remotely fitting the description of “rude and nasty.”

    #715004

    metrodriver
    Member

    aries2756: If I offended you (Haven’t a clue, how.) I apologize. Sometimes, I like to inject a little humor in the most serious subjects. I haven’t attended any heart surgery sessions, yet. But I’m sure the chief surgeon cracks a few jokes during the operation. As far as testing me on my Yiddish, you’re welcome to do so. While you’re at it, you can test my Hungarian, Hebrew (Loosh’n Koydesh)French. I’ll (probably) fail miserably. But it must all be taken with a grain (In my case, a clump) of salt and a big smile.

    #715005

    aries2756
    Participant

    metrodriver, I prefaced my post with “don’t fault me on my spelling” and I contributed a word. All you had to do was post, the correction without the attitude. Yes, it was rude and yes I was insulted because I specifically asked that you don’t do that. What was so difficult to understand? I was involved in the thread from the beginning and read all your other posts and you were very harsh all the way through.

    Homeowner, correct, this is NOT high school, I am NOT a student and Metrodriver is NOT the Teacher!

    #715006

    Homeowner
    Member

    You are making a mountain out of a molehill. Spanish is NOT my foreign langugage and I am learning a few phrases here to supplement the tourist Spanish I picked up on some trips.

    No one compels anyone to contribute anything here. If you contribute something, it’s just plain wrong to try and pre-empt a correction When someone who is knowledgable makes a correction, accept it gracefully especially when what you classify as mere spelling is actually a crucial difference.

    Can anyone imagine a frum guy pointing to a closet in his house, and intending to say it’s his wife’s inadvertently says it’s his husband’s?

    #715007

    aries2756
    Participant

    Homeowner, maybe it is you who is making a mountain out of a molehill. Anyone and everyone here contributing to any thread should do so graciously. In the Hungarian thread, there were many corrections without the attitude.

    #715008

    metrodriver
    Member

    Aries2756; I can see that your honor is still hurt. Please accept my sincerest apologies. The reason we post here on this Honorable thread and website is to express an opinion and have fun. Not to be upset or cause someone else to be upset. The reason I’m a little more proficient in Spanish than some other posters here, is, that I used to live in a South American Country for 3-years+ as a child. As far as the importance of correct Spelling and pronunciation, I personally witnessed a very embarrassing moment where someone was trying to compliment a lady in Spanish and he mispronounced the word, ending up saying something not very nice.

    #715009

    aries2756
    Participant

    metrodriver, Thank you, I appreciate that AND I appreciate the correction. However, I don’t appreciate being put down. I have taken many unwarranted hits here lately and so it is not funny to me it is quite hurtful. I apologize to you as well. I didn’t mean to come down on you like a ton of bricks, I am just asking that everyone realize that we should maintain a certain level of decorum and understand the age differences as well as the gender differences. And when it is appropriate to poke fun and when to pull back.

    #715010

    lostinba
    Member

    Please, some corrections, as someone living in South American right now.

    boy= ninio or chico (not bambino, that’s italian)

    Esposo= husband

    Esposa= wife

    No toque esto- Don’t touch this

    fold the laundry – doble el lavadero YOU ARE TELLING HER TO FOLD THE LAUNDRY ROOM! LOL. It should say DOBLE LA ROPA LAVADA.

    And a last but very important word:

    Por favor= Please.

    #715011

    jewish girl
    Member

    no comprenda espanol no clue how to spell it!

    #715012

    Sister Bear
    Member

    fold the laundry – doble el lavadero YOU ARE TELLING HER TO FOLD THE LAUNDRY ROOM! LOL. It should say DOBLE LA ROPA LAVADA.

    That’s a translation website for you 🙂

    We figured out that whenever we need to tell our cleaning lady something we type it up in google translate and then copy and paste it onto word and print it up. Even if the Spanish isn’t perfect, it’s pretty good. And then if she needs to tell us something lengthy she types it in Spanish and then translates it to English (although, I must admit that the translation is almost impossible to understand :))

    #715013

    metrodriver
    Member

    Aries2756; Thank you for your (latest) post. Makes me feel (much) better:)

    #715014

    theObvious
    Member

    no fuma- no smoking for a girl. no fumo- no smoking for a man

    necesito medico- i need a dr. and something like un fervesa is beer!

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