Author Topic: The Spanish word of the week  (Read 86 times)

Offline seoincorporation

The Spanish word of the week
« on: May 28, 2018, 07:04:32 PM »
This week the Spanish word to consider must be "coger".

This is a verb, but this has many different uses, depending on the area you are moving.
For instance, if you are in Spain, you can use "coger" freely and it is going to mean to take, to catch, to get, to pick, to pick up, to grib...

But if you go to Latin America, then you need to be really careful with this word, for in the most parts of America, "Coger" means to "f***".

It is hilarious to me when I listen to some Spaniards saying things as "Cógete un taxi". To them, this means "Take a taxi", but, to me, it does mean "f*** a taxi", with all the difficulties and the pain they can suffer by doing so.

As always, there are many differences between the Spanish uses in Spain and in Latin America.
This is one of the first points you should understand if you are thinking about learning Spanish!!!
« Last Edit: June 14, 2018, 04:40:36 PM by seoincorporation »

Offline Talk Merit

An English old codger
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2018, 07:17:42 PM »
Put a 'd' in it and you get an English word meaning an old man

here is the origin of the English word
https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/old-codger.html

Offline seoincorporation

Re: The Spanish word of the week (and one you should be careful with)
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2018, 07:49:56 PM »
Jajajja!!!
I think I finally found an English word to describe myself? Or am I insulting myself?

Thanks for the strong word moderation, by the way.

Offline seoincorporation

Re: The Spanish word of the week (and one you should be careful with)
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2018, 04:48:08 PM »
The Spanish word this week is "VERDAD".
This word means "true", but the use of kind of different. When you ask someone if he/she is telling the truth, you will say "¿Me estás diciendo la verdad?". So, "verdad" is a noun. But also you can conclude a phrase with the word, as:
Do you like it, true? = ¿Te gusta, verdad?

So we make no difference. English speakers use "True" and "Truth", we just use "Verdad".