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Learning Spanish - Vocabulary and Expressions for Weather and Water Sports

written by: Bright Hub Education Writer • edited by: Tricia Goss • updated: 9/11/2012

Travel is an exciting opportunity to try new sports, relax on the beach, and expand your Spanish vocabulary. Even if the people around you speak some English, if you show a sincere effort to learn some Spanish they'll probably be glad to help you practice.

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    Understanding the Weather Report

    If you're traveling in a Spanish-speaking country, deciphering the weather reports can be an everyday challenge. Here's some of the vocabulary you need to make sense of what you see, hear and read about the weather:

    el amanecer - sunrise (¿Cómo amaneciste? doesn't translate directly into English, but is basically a way of inquiring how your day started out.)

    el atardecer - sunset

    el tiempo - weather

    el tiempo TV - the TV weather report

    el hombre del tiempo or el meteorólogo - weatherman

    el cielo - sky

    claro - clear (Although this word can also be used to signify assent.)

    el sol - sun

    soleado or asoleado - sunny

    la luna - moon

    la estrella - star

    nublado - cloudy

    el chubasco - a cloudburst or rain shower (a drizzle may described as "chispeando.")

    la lluvia - rain

    la nube - cloud

    la tormenta - thunderstorm

    la humedad - humidity

    el calor - heat

    el frío - cold

    ¿Qué tiempo hace? - What's the weather like?

    hace calor - It's hot.

    hace frío - It's cold.

    hace buen tiempo - It's nice out.

    esta lluviendo - It's raining.

    esta chorreando - An everyday expression to describe a very hard rain.

    el hielo - ice

    la nieve - snow

    el relampago - lightning

    el trueno - thunder

    alto - high

    bajo - low

    el viento - wind

    la temperatura - temperature

    la mareada - tide

    el invierno - winter

    la primavera - spring

    el verano - summer

    el otono - fall

    Remember that in Spain, temperature is measured in Celsius instead of Fahrenheit. Here's a convenient calculator for converting between the two units of measure.

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    Beach and Watersports

    Spain and Latin America have many beautiful beaches. Before you enjoy a day of swimming, sunbathing and other activities, learn the following words:

    el mar - sea (In Spanish, 'sea' can be assigned either the masculine or feminine gender. The everyday article is el, but la mar is used in poetry and literature.)

    en alta mar - on the high sea

    deportes aquaticos - water sports

    la playa - beach

    la costa - coast

    la arena - sand

    el parasol - beach umbrella

    la tumbona - sun lounger

    la ola - wave

    la concha - shell

    la medusa - jellyfish

    el barco - boat

    el barco de vela - sailboat

    el yate - yacht

    remar - to row

    el pedalo - paddle boat

    la vela - sail

    el esquí náutico (also known as el esquí acuático) - water skiing

    el agua - water (In Spanish, agua is considered feminine. But you use the masculine el to avoid pairing the 'a' at the end of the feminine la with the 'a' at the beginning of agua.

    pescar - to fish

    nadar - to swim

    bucear - to dive

    el chaleco de salvavidas - life vest

    la pelota - ball

    el traje de baño or el bañador - swimsuit

    la toalla - towel

    los servicios - restrooms

    el chirringito - a beach stall selling snacks and drinks

    Socorro! - Help!

    ahogarse - to drown

    una mochilla - backpack

    las chanclas - flip flops

    Don't forget:

    el bronceador - suntan lotion

    las gafas de sol, or simply las gafas - sunglasses/sunshades