Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Video Blog #3: Idioms with the verb "tener" (to have)

This “Probadita de Español” (a little taste in Spanish) is about idioms with the verb “tener” (to have)

After watching our video blog, reading our blog, reviewing our Quizlet and taking the test, you will have the tools to engage in a fluid dialogue with the idioms that use the verb “tener” (to have).

Spanish, just as English, has many idioms (idiomatic expressions) to convey a whole range of ideas. In this “probadita de español”, we will cover the most commonly used idioms in the Spanish language.

What’s an idiom? An idiom is an expression in any language whose meaning cannot be derived by translating word by word because the translation might not make sense in your native tongue. It’s preferable to learn an idiom as a whole expression that conveys an idea. For example, “Tengo hambre”, coveys the idea of “I am hungry”, however, it’s literal translation is “I have hunger” which would not make sense in English. So it’s better to learn “Tengo hambre”, as a whole idea rather than translate it word by word. We strongly encourage you to learn as many idioms as possible. Idioms are very powerful tools to engage in meaningful conversation and to understand nuances of the language. If you would like to enrich your knowledge of idioms in Spanish, we recommend that you get this book of idioms.

Here are our favorite idioms with the verb “tener” you. Please note that the adverb mucho/mucha indicates the gender of the noun that follows. After you have read the list, please review our Quizlet and take the test.

tener (mucha) hambre
to be (very) hungry
tener (mucha) sed
to be (very) thirsty
tener (mucho) frío
to be (very) cold
tener (mucho) calor
to be (very) hot
tener (mucho) miedo (a/de)
to be (very) afraid (of)
tener (mucha) suerte
to be (very) lucky
tener (mucha) prisa
to be in a (big) hurry
tener (mucho) sueño
to be (very) sleepy, tired
tener (mucho) cuidado
to be (very) careful
tener (mucha) curiosidad
to be (very) curious
tener (mucha) envidia
to be (very) envious
tener (mucha) ilusión de
to be (very) excited about (something that hasn’t happened)
tener (mucha) paciencia
to be (very) patient
tener (mucho) éxito
to be (very) successful
tener (mucha) razón
to be right
tener (mucha) comezón
to be itchy

He aquí la transcripción de nuestro video blog.
Here’s our video transcript.
D: Hola Nathalie, ¿cómo estás?
D: Hello, Nathalie, how are you?
N: Estoy bien. Gracias Deidre. ¿Y tú?
N: I'm fine. Thanks, Deidre.  And you?
D: De maravilla, gracias. ¡Qué bello esta el día!
D: Wonderful, thank you. What a beautiful day!
N: Sí.
N: Yes.
D: ¿Tienes frío hoy?
D: Are you cold today?
N: Hoy no tengo frío, pero tengo mucho calor. ¿Y tú?
N: I’m not cold, but I am hot. And you?
D: Tengo un poco de frío.
D: I am a little cold.
N: ¿Un poco de frío?
N: A little cold?
D: Y, ¿tienes hambre?
D: And, are you hungry?
N: No tengo hambre. ¿Y tú?
N: I am not hungry. And you?
D: Tengo mucha hambre.  Y, ¿tienes sed?
D: I’m very hungry. And are you thirsty?
N: Sí, tengo un poco de sed.
N: Yes, I’m a little thirsty.
D: Y,  Nathalie, ¿tienes sueño?
D: And, Nathalie, are you sleepy?
N: No tengo sueño ahora. ¿Y tú?
N: I’m not sleepy now. Are you?
D: Yo tampoco. ¿Tienes prisa en las mañanas?
D: Me neither. Were you in a hurry this morning?
N: Sí, todas las mañanas tengo mucha prisa. ¿Y tú?
N: Yes, every morning I’m in a big hurry. And you?
D: Tengo mucha prisa en las mañanas. ¿Y qué tienes ganas de hacer hoy?
D: I’m in a big hurry in the mornings. And what you feel like doing today?
N: Hoy tengo ganas de jugar con mi niño, Teo.  ¿Y tú?
N: Today I want to play with my son, Théo. And you?
D: Yo también.  Tengo ganas de jugar con mi hijo. ¿Y cuántos años tiene tu hijo?
D: Me too. I want to play with my son. How old is your son?
N: Teo tiene 8 años. ¿Y el tuyo?
N: Théo is 8. What about yours?
D: Nicolás tiene 12 años.  Y esto es todo por hoy.  Nathalie, muchas gracias.
D: Nicholas is 12. And that's all for today. Nathalie, thank you very much

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