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pacomartin
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September 23rd, 2012 at 7:29:33 AM permalink
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I believe ole' is directly descended from shouts of "Allah"

I know that there are literally thousands of Spanish word that trace their entymology to Arabic.


Correct!

Mostly adjectives, interjections, and nouns come from Arabic. English on the other hand took many verbs from French.

BTW, the spelling is "ety" not "enty". The latter is the study of insects.
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September 23rd, 2012 at 7:57:31 AM permalink
I think my auto correct is stuck on insects.
I was researching mosquitos this summer, as I am horribly allergic.
Obviously mosquito is derived from mosca, or fly, in Spanish .
Yet, the insect I call a mosquito is called a zancudo by my Spanish speaking friends...
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September 23rd, 2012 at 8:33:54 AM permalink
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...but what is the one word you would expect Arabs to say?



Explosion.
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September 23rd, 2012 at 8:43:15 AM permalink
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Explosion.


I assume you heard about the terrorist who was injured while trying to blow up a car. Burned his lips on the tail pipe.
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September 27th, 2012 at 11:07:20 AM permalink
Ping.

I thought I'd keep this thread on life support by asking if those who participate say my Spanish lesson with Claudia video. It has received only seven views on YouTube, so I'm not very sure. She answers to questions that we debated here:

1. Can "gordo/a" be used in a nice way in Spanish?
2. How do you say "hot dog" in Spanish.
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September 27th, 2012 at 12:02:40 PM permalink
I was not aware of the video until now.
I knew that gordo was ok as I have been called that and understood the context.
I was not sure if it was ok for a man to ever call a woman gorda.
In America you can call your buddy fatso, but not a woman...
I do not think I would be comfortable going there with gorda or even gordita.

The argument over hot dog reminded me that there are so many colloquialisms in Spanish
that one person is unlikely to know them all.
One example is ..bowling alley or bowling.
The term bolera is used by my friends Spanish mother,
And boliche by his Mexican brother in law.

trivia:
name an independent country where Spanish is the official language,
that is not located in Europe, South America, Central America or the Caribbean .
equatorial guinea in western Africa


Bonus trivia:
name a country also not located in the areas listed above,
Where Spanish was once an official language but is not any longer.
Phillippines, removed 1973
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September 27th, 2012 at 12:09:37 PM permalink
Quote: Wizard

Ping.

I thought I'd keep this thread on life support by asking if those who participate say my Spanish lesson with Claudia video. It has received only seven views on YouTube, so I'm not very sure. She answers to questions that we debated here:

1. Can "gordo/a" be used in a nice way in Spanish?
2. How do you say "hot dog" in Spanish.



The El Gorda y La Flaca show has been on Univison for years. Raul doesn't seem to mind being El Gordo.
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September 27th, 2012 at 12:16:53 PM permalink
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The El Gorda y La Flaca show has been on Univison for years. Raul doesn't seem to mind being El Gordo.


But would you ever see a show called EL FLACO Y LA GORDA?
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September 27th, 2012 at 12:17:13 PM permalink
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trivia: name an independent country where Spanish is the official language,
that is not located in Europe, South America, Central America or the Caribbean .



Without looking, I know there is a tiny one in Africa near the indentation on the east side of the continent, but I can't remember the name. The Portuguese so controlled those waters, that there was very little opportunity for colonization by the Spanish.

Of course, in prior to American takeover, the Phillippines and Guam were one of the most important of the Spanish colonies. The yearly sailing of all the Spanish gold was the prize to beat all prizes for piracy.
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September 27th, 2012 at 12:21:09 PM permalink
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The El Gorda y La Flaca show has been on Univison for years. Raul doesn't seem to mind being El Gordo.



Even words like skinny, slender, or slight can be misconstrued in English if you are talking about a woman's body. A friend of mine says that Anglo are too uptight. Latinos take it for granted that people initially notice another person's body, and are not so worried about commenting on it.

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