Spanish-English Cheat Sheet

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.)

A

Abrazo: (n) Hug

Abrazar: (v) To hug

B

Beso:  (n) Kiss

Besar: (v) To kiss

C

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

D

E

Es lo que hay:  (phrase)  It is what it is.

Espacio:  (n) space

Espalda: (n) back

F

Fútbol: (n)  soccer

Fuet: (n) (catalan)  a typical dry sausage made in Catalonia

G

Grapadora:  (n)  stapler

Grapa: (n) staple

H

I

J

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.

K

L

Leche: (n) Milk

M

N

O

Oficina: (n) Office

P

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.

Q

R

Rojo/a: (adj)  red

S

T

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

U

V  

Vale (expression):  in Spain this means ok, sure, fine.

W

X

Y

Z

2 thoughts on “Spanish-English Cheat Sheet

  1. Funny. I never thought of leaving a cheat sheet for my readers 😉 I just kind of let them figure it out through word context, probably why I don’t have thousands of readers :))

    • hahaha – I’d always get the “so what does x mean?” question from my non spanish speaking friends, so I decided to add it in. I figured when my thousands of readers poured in they’d appreciate it 🙂

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