Parallel colors and their shades of meaning: English-Spanish
This essay about colors in English proves that gray and blue ... the difference with the naked eye, a simple vista. “A red,” as a noun, is a communist, un rojo. Both words have the same meaning, from the Bolshevik revolution which adopted the red ...
What does he mean by ‘I love you?’
I am Spanish. My husband is American. The first time I realized emotion words may not mean the same in different languages was when he first told me “I love you”. I liked it, but I didn’t know what he meant. After all, people in English also say they ...
What Does 'American' Actually Mean?
"We should all ask ourselves," Martínez wrote, "do we really want ... In other words, what the word "América" or "americano" means in Spanish may render it a different word entirely from its apparent English equivalent. While they seem to be linguistic ...
Gringos speaking Spanish badly; what does it mean?
I did not grow up speaking Spanish, and to this day I am not fluent. I sometimes mispronounce words, but as a colleague ... If you are Hispanic or black, learn standard English as well. It’s just the smart thing to do. This content is under a special ...
How Do You Say ...? For Some Words, There's No Easy Translation
Just as good writing demands brevity, so, too, does spoken language. Sentences and phrases get whittled down over time. One result: single words that are packed with meaning ... into the English language. SIEGEL: One of which comes from Spanish.