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Fruity Spanish! PDF
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 06:00

Spanish is a very imaginative, colourful and at times earthy language. By way of example, let’s have a closer look at the Spanish for the common fruits, idiomatic phrases containing fruit words and some alternative meanings.

Una manzana means an apple, but also a block of houses, ie una manzana de pisos. As a result the nickname for Nueva York is La Gran Manzana which precedes the English usage, the Big Apple. Una manzana de la discordia is a bone of contention. 

Un plátano is a banana, as well as a slang word for the male organ.

Naranja, orange, is also used idiomatically. ¡Naranjas de la China! means No way!; encontrar su media naranja is to meet one’s match; esperar la media naranja, to wait for Mr Right/one’s ideal woman; mi media naranja is one’s better half.

The above is an excerpt from a longer article on another website. To read more, click Fruity language.

© Paul Whitelock

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Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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