Spanish Vocabulary for Fun Pastimes
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Hobbies, pastimes, fun things to do? Learn how to talk about your favorite ways to pass the time in this vocabulary lesson. Learn words like 'beach,' 'movies,' and 'surfing the net.'
Movies, Internet, the beach - what do you do for fun? Vamos! Let's talk about our hobbies, pastimes and fun things to do with some new vocabulary.
- El cine (el SEE-neh) means 'the movies.' Think of the word 'cinema' for this one.
- Las montañas (las mon-TA-nyas) means 'the mountains.' Almost a cognate!
- La playa (la PLAH-yah) means 'the beach.' Oh, I wish I were there right now. Y tú?
- La piscina (la pee-SEE-nah) means 'the pool.' The S and the C sort of run together on this one. Also note that piscina begins with P and 'pool' begins with P, to help a little bit more with memorization.
- El lago (el LAH-goh) means 'the lake.'
- El parque (el PAR-kay) means 'the park.' Yea for cognates!
- Parque de diversiones (PAR-kay de dee-vehr-see-OH-nehs) means 'theme park.'
- La fiesta (la fee-EH-stah) means 'the party.' I bet you know this one already!
- El gimnasio (el him-NA-see-oh) means 'the gym.' Almost a cognate. Remember that the G makes an H sound because it's followed by an I.
- El museo (el moo-SEH-oh) means 'the museum.' Lots of vowels in this one. Say each one.
- El restaurante (el res-tah-oo-RAHN-teh) means 'the restaurant. Another one with vowels galore. Make sure to hit them all.
- El café (el kah-FEH) means 'the café' - a cognate. Plus, two meanings in one. Café also means coffee, the beverage. And remember there are no A sounds like the A in 'cat,' in Spanish. Open your mouth for that Spanish A (ah).
- El centro (el SEHN-troh) means 'downtown.' Think 'center of the city' for this one.
- Leer una revista (leh-EHR OO-na reh-VEE-stah) means 'to read a magazine.' Make sure to hit both of the Es in leer.
- Leer correo electrónico (leh-EHR coh-REH-oh ell-eck-TROH-nee-koh) means 'to read email' - specifically, 'to read electronic mail.' I know. It seems so long in Spanish, doesn't it?
- Ir de excursión (EER de ecks-koor-see-OHN) means 'to go on a hike.'
- Tomar el sol (toh-MAR el SOHL) means 'to sunbathe' - literally, 'to take in the sun.' Tomar means 'to take.'
- Navegar por Internet (nah-veg-GAR por een-tehr-NET) means 'to surf the Internet.' Navegar is 'to navigate.'
Bien! On to a memory exercise. You'll see vocabulary words in English. Guess the word in Spanish. Vamos!
- Reading a magazine
- The movies
(Answers: 1. centro, 2. piscina, 3. tomar el sol, 4. gimnasio, 5. montañas, 6. leer una revista, 7. el cine)
Review: Vocabulary List
Bien! Here's a list of today's vocabulary. Note that the standalone words come first and the phrases follow. Say them out loud. Remember our vowel sounds: A (ah), E (eh), I (ee), O (oh), U (oo). Make a special effort to avoid the English sounds for A (as in 'cat') and I (as in 'kid'), as they don't exist in the Spanish language.
|el cine||(el SEE-neh)||the movies|
|las montañas||(las mon-TA-nyas)||the mountains|
|la playa||(la PLAH-yah)||the beach|
|la piscina||(la pee-SEE-nah)||the pool|
|el lago||(el LAH-goh)||the lake|
|el parque||(el PAR-kay)||the park|
|parque de diversiones||(PAR-kay de dee-vehr-see-OH-nehs)||amusement park|
|la fiesta||(la fee-EH-stah)||the party|
|el gimnasio||(el him-NA-see-oh)||the gym|
|el museo||(el moo-SEH-oh)||the museum|
|el restaurante||(el res-tah-oo-RAHN-teh)||the restaurant|
|el café||(el kah-FEH)||the café, or coffee|
|el centro||(el SEHN-troh)||downtown|
|leer una revista||(leh-EHR OO-na reh-VEE-stah)||to read a magazine|
|leer correo electrónico||(leh-EHR coh-REH-oh ell-eck-TROH-nee-koh)||to read email|
|ir de excursion||(EER de ecks-koor-see-OHN)||to go on a hike.|
|tomar el sol||(toh-MAR el SOHL)||to sunbathe|
|navegar por internet||(nah-veg-GAR por een-tehr-NET)||to surf the web|
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