Category Archives: Spanish

Aceitunas (Olives)

Grocery shopping is always fun and is the only occasion when impulse purchase establishes a strong connection with me. But can you imagine what would happen when you go to a supermarket with a Spanish-speaking flatmate? It was a 110% funny experience.

My new flatmate is from Austria. She speaks perfect Spanish as she lived in Mexico City for two years and is now staying in Barcelona to do a Masters degree. One day, we went to one of the supermarkets together (that was her third day in BCN). When I was happily creating various dishes in my head while walking aisle to aisle looking for the ingredients, she asked me: “¿Sabes dónde están aceitunas?” (Do you know where olives are?)

Good question! We were right at the aisle between the one where bottles of olive oil (and all kinds of oil) are and the one where tinned tuna (and all types of tinned food) is. I showed her where the Aisle of Oil (aceite) and the Aisle of Tinned Tuna (atún) were.

What happened next was very obvious- embarrassment, giggles, and strings of English-Spanish bilingual words coming out from both of our vocal cords. Let’s focus on the reason why, shall we? :-P

Aceituna (n.) Fruit of olive tree, i.e. olives (green/black). I love green olives. (Me encantan aceitunas verdes.)

Aceite (n.) Oily liquid obtained from fruits or seeds. We usually use olive oil when we are cooking in Spain. (En España, siempre usamos aceite de oliva para cocinar.)

Atún (n.) Teleost fish, common in Spanish seas. Tinned tuna is very cheap. (El atún en conserva es muy barato.)

Definitions (translated): Real Academia Española

In short:

An equation a multilingual brain just came up with…

Ps- Tuna (n.) does exist in Spanish, however, its literal meaning is “a group of university students in traditional university dress who play traditional instruments and sing serenades” (from Wikipedia)

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Hiya (:

I suddenly want to know what you guys like :p because I love a lot of things and activities! For example, I love cooking, swimming, hiking, eating… But, what am I going to do next? I have no idea… There are too many things that I want to do! Ah! I have an idea – to listen to music (: Let’s see what things and activities Manu Chao likes~

Photo: Ma On Shan, Hong Kong

An impressive movie

I’m sure almost all uni students have done with their first semester, and I’m now enjoying my holiday (:

Anyway, I’ve written a bit about a movie that made me do some reflection – Real Women Have Curves. The story takes place in a Mexican community in Los Angeles. There’s a girl who called Ana Garcia (portrayed by America Ferrera). She’s a daughter from a traditional Mexican family. She’s an outstanding student who wishes to study in a university. However, her mum (Carmen – portrayed by Lupe Ontiveros) doesn’t allow her to do so since her family needs her to earn a living. Afterwards, Ana works in her sister’s factory and at the same time, she starts exploring her life. She applies to a university secretly with the help of her teacher. Also, she meets her boyfriend and has gained some sexual experience. Finally, she can enter a university in New York to continue her studies with a scholarship.

I think that this movie is very significant since we can see the difference between American and Mexican culture, as well as between educated and unlearned people. What’s more, we can learn the importance of chasing our dreams and the necessity of maintaining a good relationship with our families, which are super important for university students.

This’s my drawing based on the content of the movie (:

Havana, Paris and New York

I’d like to share how I feel after watching the movie – Chico and Rita.

First, I like the jazz music very much. It’s a type of music that can express the emotions of the composers and the singers, that allows me to understand what they are thinking. Second, it;s important for us to speak the truth with someone we have a relationship with. We shouldn’t be jealous of anyone since this will possibly affect the relationship and damage to our souls. Third, we have to be friendly and adapt to the racial differences. I was a bit sad when I saw the poor experience that Rita had even though the people at that time made her a brilliant singer. We must respect everyone from different continents.

I would recommend this movie to you all since I think a movie with much music is very interesting and exciting. Also, it’s an animation, which is very special, that I believe you all would enjoy it.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥ (4/5)