Lola Lagos: Notas explicativas
1. The majority of Spaniards take vacations in August.2. Spaniards make bocadillos (subs) with many things
cold cuts, canned fish, Spanish tortilla (egg and potatoomelette), etc.
3. The word ―Kleenex‖ is almost
always used to refer to paper tissues.
4. ―Radio Nacional de España‖ is the state
-run radio station.
5. ―Hortera‖ now means vulgar, low
-life, someone with bad taste but high aspirations.
6. ―Nunca se sabe‖ is used to say that something could happen, alt
hough it seems difficult.7. El Parque del Retiro is a large park in the middle of Madrid. There are many bars with terraces where you canget something to eat.8. El Palacio Velázque
z is inside of the Parque del Retiro. It’s a 19
century building that is currently used as anexhibit hall.
9. La Cibeles is a classic symbol of Madrid. It’s a fountain situated in the intersection of two main roads—
Alcaláand the Paseo del Prado. Cibeles refers to the whole area around this intersection.10. ¿No ti
enes ojos en la cara? is an expression. It’s used to express anger when someone hasn’t seen something.
11. Un piropo is a phrase that a man says to a woman, praising her beauty. It’s still fairly frequent that men in
streets say these to women; Spanish
women aren’t too fond of the custom. Nena is a
and somewhat paternalistic form of address used for younger women. Literally it means ―girl.‖
12. In Spain it’s pretty common to use ―tú‖ between young people or middle aged, including those in p
13. El orujo is a strong drink, a type of alcohol, that’s mostly produced in Galicia. It’s usually consumed after a
meal, and not usually by women.
14. In Spain, before eating, it’s common to have a drink and to eat some tapa
s (picar algo
like small bits, nibble)
olives, fries, etc.15. Sí y no
—used when there’s not a straight answer.