1 Word That I Can’t Pronounce in Spanish

As I want to learn more Spanish words, I was reading one of my Spanish story books that I brought home from Mexico. They are really for native Spanish speaking children, but the level is fine for me, there are a few pictures inside, and the font size is much bigger! So I decided to buy 3 of them!

It was in one of these books where I saw this word.  I immediately thought “That looks like it’s made up, that can’t be real!”

So I looked it up and yes, it is actually quite real!

….ronronear…

This means ‘to purr’ in Spanish. I was reading a short story about a black cat and this word crept up a few times.

I don’t know why it’s weird, it’s just how it’s written and how it is pronounced. It just doesn’t sound like a ‘normal’ Spanish word!

Incidentally, this is one word that I can’t say either! There is only a slight roll of the tongue when pronouncing the ‘r’s and I just can’t seem to get my tongue back in the right position to say the second ‘r’!

Before I used to have trouble saying ‘euro’. The ‘EUro’ sound is different to the way you say it in English and I just couldn’t get it right! However after practicing I can say it ok now!

The rolling ‘R’s are usually fine however I do trip up on them sometimes, especially when I speak too fast.

But this word I just can’t say. I tried and tried and my husband was also trying to teach me how to say it but I’m just not getting it! It’s not exactly a really important word to say so I’m not overly concerned about it!

I wonder will I find some other weird sounding words the next time I read my books!

Aisling

 

Getting Back Into Reading

I would say since the beginning of this year I’ve stopped reading regularly. The last book I was reading was The Railway Children, and although I tried to enjoy it, it just didn’t excite me as much as reading Stephen King. So my interest in it just kind of withered away and I didn’t pick up my Kindle for a while.

I think another reason was because I got a tablet for Christmas, and instead of reading every night before bed, I would spend this time on YouTube watching Dr Pimple Popper! Yes I am a fan of these ‘horrid’ videos!

So I decided to pick up my Kindle again and I started reading The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro. (And now with this Coronavirus it’s the perfect book to read) My husband read it while we were in Mexico and he kept telling me to read it. We used to watch the TV series of the book but we ended up not finishing it because I didn’t like it anymore, so when he told me the book is good I wasn’t too fussed on starting it. I have loads of sample books, books that were free on Amazon, and Stephen King ones, so I just decided to see what the fuss was about The Strain. The Railway Children has unfortunately been added to my list of unread books.

I’m enjoying it at the moment and I’ve been reading every night now for the past week or two. I enjoy reading horror genres, so this one is up my street!

Aisling