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Lesson of the Week: Spanish Family Words - La Familia

From the Musical Spanish Travel Phrases

Family is very important throughout Latin America, and it is not uncommon for children to live at home until they get married, and for the grandparents to live there as well. You'll also find that people talk a lot about their families - so learning these words is vital. When referring to 2 people of the same category - for example your abuelo and abuela, you make it plural by adding an "s" to the masculine form - or mis abuelos = "my grandparents." When referring to 2 people in the same category who are both feminine, you would use the feminine plural form: tus hermanas = "your sisters." It's interesting to note that the word for girlfriend and fiancé - novia - is the same in Spanish. This might be interpreted as a sign that courtship in Latin American is taken quite seriously!

esposo
marido
esposa
mamá
madre
papá
padre
papás/padres
hija
hijo
bebé
niño
niña
hermana
hermano
abuela

husband
husband
wife

mom
mother
dad
father
parents
daughter
son
baby
child (boy)
child (girl)
sister
brother
grandmother

abuelo
nieta
nieto
tía
tío
sobrina
sobrino
nuera
yerno
suegra
suegro
cuñada
cuñado
novia
novio
parientes

grandfather
granddaughter
grandson
aunt
uncle
niece
nephew
daughter-in-law
son-in-law
mother-in-law
father-in-law
sister in law
brother in law
girlfriend/fiancé
boyfriend/fiancé

relatives

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sacerdote/padre
amigo
compañero
colega
jefe
empleado
socio

priest
friend
friend
colleague
boss
employee
partner

 

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Travel Spot of the Week


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Cartagena, Colombia

While known mostly for its violence and infamous drug lords like Pablo Escobar, Colombia is also widely described as a beautiful, friendly country with vibrant music and dramatic scenery. Grammy winners Juanes and Shakira are both from Colombia. Cartagena, also known as "Cartagena de Indias" - is one of the oldest cities in the Western hemisphere - scene of the famous sacking by English pirate Sir Francis Drake in 1586. In the days before violence plagued the country, Cartagena was a popular beachside tourist destination. For more pictures & a travel account, click here. For history of Cartagena, click here. For more on drug trafficking in Colombia, click here.

 

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