So far I’ve been publishing stories on how to learn Spanish on your own, without the need of a class or expensive textbooks. Once in a while I gather some sites and put them in a post to help learners who struggle to find real materials. All fine and dandy, but I want to do more for you readers, and I’d love to give you something each and every day.
That’s why I’ve come up with the ‘Spanish Word of the Day’ concept. It’s a word. In Spanish. And I post one every day of the week. Pretty simple, huh? The idea isn’t new, but because my name is Ramses and I’m some random dude from the Netherlands that loves real language (e.g. no textbookish stuff which no Spaniard will ever use), I’ll build these posts around slang, new words, expressions, etc. ,etc. Best of all: I provide example sentences, because; what are you without an example sentence for your SRS, right?.
I’ll kick this serie of posts off with one of my favorite words: tío.
Normally tío means uncle, great-uncle (tío abuelo) or rich uncle (tío rico). Obviously, it’s feminine counterpart is tía.
However, the word tío (for men, and tía for women) is often used in Spain as a slang word. In this context it can mean friend (tío), boss (el tío Pedro – in the countryside) or a great guy (un tío grande).
This is what it more or less means officially (or at least according to a bunch of dictionaries).
Todos tus tíos van a venir a la boda.
All your uncles and aunts are coming to the wedding.
Su tía nunca me ha caído bien.
I never really liked his aunt.
¿Ese tío es guay?
Is that guy cool?
Tía, ¡te enrollas como una persiana!
Girl, you talk too much!
¡Qué potra tienes, tío!
You’re lucky, dude!
*Sentences taken from Thematische woordenschat Spaans (Dutch)
That’s it for today. Do you have suggestions or questions? The comments are open!
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