It occurred to me that since I use a lot of Spanish words in my posts, it would be helpful to have a mini Spanish-English cheat sheet for those of you qué no hablan español. I’ll continue updating this page as I introduce new vocabulary. If there are any words you’d like me to include/translate – let me know! (note: since I live in Barcelona this cheat sheet will also include some Catalan words. Those words that are catalan will be clearly marked.)
Abrazo: (n) Hug
Abrazar: (v) To hug
Beso: (n) Kiss
Besar: (v) To kiss
Café: (n) coffee – though this is a very general term and if you are in Spain you can’t just say you want a café. You will need to specify the type such as café con leche, café solo, café americano, etc.
Café con leche: (n) coffee with milk – usually 50/50 proportion
Café solo: (n) an espresso – black
Caña: (n) draft beer
Contracción: (n) labor contraction
Contratación: (n) contract
Cortado: (n) an espresso with a little bit of hot milk
Es lo que hay: (phrase) It is what it is.
Espacio: (n) space
Espalda: (n) back
Fútbol: (n) soccer
Fuet: (n) (catalan) a typical dry sausage made in Catalonia
Grapadora: (n) stapler
Grapa: (n) staple
Jamón: (n) ham
Jamón Ibérico: (n) a type of cured ham and considered the highest quality in Spain. See the wikipedia link for more information.
Joder: I’ll let word reference define this one.
Leche: (n) Milk
Oficina: (n) Office
Pintxo: (Basque) (n) a type of tapa or snack food typical of the Basque country consisting of a piece of bread with a variety of toppings held together by a toothpick.
Rojo/a: (adj) red
Tío/Tía: (n) anywhere else in the Spanish speaking world this means aunt/uncle. However in Spain this is slang for guy/girl.
Trabajar: (v) to work
Vale (expression): in Spain this means ok, sure, fine.