Thursday, June 16, 2011
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE SPANISH WORD?
If you are one of the 500 million people in the world who speaks Spanish, you might be interested in ElDiaE, a worldwide internet event happening this Saturday, June 18.
It is sponsored by the Instituto Cervantes , a non-profit group that promotes the study and teaching of the Spanish language.
Several prominent people were asked to name their favorite word in Spanish. Antonio Banderas likes alegria, Shakira chooses meliflua, Cuban ballet diva Alicia Alonso opts for bailamos.
Personally, I've always been fond of the word bodega, with its variety of vowel sounds, and the chance to pronounce the beautiful Spanish 'd' which softly mixes the English 'd' and 'th' sounds.
And it's so much more poetic than its English equivalent 'storeroom'.
You can vote on the website (http://www.eldiae.es/vota-tu-palabra) or send me your favorite Spanish word here.