Monday, June 29, 2020

Let's Go To The Beach!!



Beach is Sun, Water, and Sand

To learn beach vocabulary in Spanish, it is useful to also learn some sentences that you can use with each word. This way, you acquire a practical use of each new word.
First, let's look at some words that have to do with the beach environment:
la playa (the beach, pronounced: la plah-yah)
la arena (the sand, pronounced: la ah-reh-nah)
el mar (the ocean, pronounced: el maar)
el sol (the sun, pronounced: el sohl)

What You Wear

To say 'In the beach, I wear...', this is the sentence in Spanish:
En la playa, yo me pongo... (pronounced: ehn la plah-yah yoh meh pohn-goh)
And this is the vocabulary you can use to complete the sentence:
gafas (sunglasses, pronounced: gah-fas)
bikini (bikini, pronounced: bee-kee-nee)
traje de baño (bathing suit, pronounced: trah-heh deh bah-nyo)
chancletas (flip flops, pronounced: chan-kleh-tas; note the 'ch' sounds like the start of 'cheese')
sandalias (sandals, pronounced: sun-dah-lee-ahs)
protector solar (sunscreen, pronounced: proh-tek-tor soh-lar)
sombrero (hat, pronounced: sohm-breh-roh)
For instance, to say 'At the beach, I wear sunglasses,' you would say En la playa, yo me pongo gafas.

What You Could Take

To say 'To the beach, I take...', this is the sentence in Spanish:
A la playa, yo llevo... (pronounced: ah la plah-yah yoh yeh-boh)
And this is the vocabulary you can use to complete the sentence:
una pelota (a ball, pronounced: oo-nah peh-loh-tah)
una hielera (a cooler, pronounced: oo-nah ee-eh-leh-rah)
un parasol (a beach umbrella, pronounced: oon pah-rah-sol)
una tabla de surfear (a surfboard, pronounced: oo-nah tah-blah deh soor-feh-ar)
una toalla (a towel, pronounced: oo-nah toh-ah-yah)
For instance, to say 'To the beach, I take a ball' you would say A la playa, yo llevo una pelota.

What You See

To say 'At the beach, I see...', this is the sentence in Spanish:
En la playa, yo veo... (pronounced: ehn la plah-yah yoh veh-oh)
And this is the vocabulary you can use to complete the sentence:
conchas (shells, pronounced: kohn-chas)
gaviotas (seagulls, pronounced: gah-vee-oh-tas)
castillos de arena (sandcastles, pronounced: kas-tee-yos deh ah-reh-nah)
olas (waves, pronounced: oh-las)
salvavidas (lifeguard, pronounced: sal-vah-vee-das)
For instance, to say 'At the beach, I see shells' you would say En la playa, yo veo conchas.

What You Do

To say 'When I go to the beach, I love to...', this is the sentence in Spanish:
Cuando voy a la playa, me encanta... (pronounced: koo-ahn-doh boy ah la plah-yah, meh ehn-kan-tah)
And this is the vocabulary you can use to complete the sentence:
nadar (to swim, pronounced: nah-dar)
broncearme (to tan, pronounced: brohn-seh-ar-meh)
hacer snorkeling (to do snorkeling, pronounced: ah-ser snorkeling- as the English word)
bucear (to dive, pronounced: boo-seh-ar)
leer un libro (to read a book, pronounced: leh-ehr oon lee-bro)

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