Flashcards in shortCutToSpanishEx00Mnumonics Deck (139)
1 Tengo (TEHN GO)
I have - Imagine a child saying, “I have a video game and I have ten goes a day.”
2 Necesito (NEH SEH SEE TOH)
I need - Imagine saying, “I need it because it's a necessity.”
3 Hay (AHY)
There is - Imagine a cyclopes says, “there is something in my eye.”
4 El centro (EHL SEHN TROH)
Downtown - The downtown area is usually in the center of the city.
5 Un / Una (OON /OONA)
a/an - Un is masculine and una is feminine. More about this in lesson 4
6 Sombra (SOHM BRAH)
Shade - A sombrero gets its name because it gives shade.
7 Quiero (KEY AIR OWE)
I want - Imagine a friend says, I want to help I care oh so much
8 Nuevo (NOO EH VOH)
New - Imagine you are bionic and have a new elbow
9 Tiene (TEE EH NEH)
You have - Imagine an Englishman in America desperate for a good cup of tea asking do you have good tea anywhere?
10 Mujer (MOO HEHR)
Woman - Imagine kids teasing the old woman and call her a cow and they Moo at her
11 Hombre (OHM BREh)
Man - Imagine a lazy man who is always on break
12 Con (COHN)
With - Imagine a con man with a pack of cards
13 Casa (KAH SAH)
house - mi casa es su casa
14 Mi (MEE)
my - So "mi casa" in English is “my house.”
15 Su (SOO)
Your - mi casa es su casa
16 Es (EHS)
Is - mi casa es su casa
17 Y (EE)
And - Pronounced ee.
18 Por (POHR)
For - Imagine a poor turkey that¥s going to be eaten for thanksgiving.
Translation - think of needing to track down a translation
Explanation - Think of a grumpy teacher saying I need an explanation because your behavior is inexplicable
Room - Hotel rooms are the natural habitation of rock stars
Population - This is very close just change the second P to bl. PoPulation población
Disappointment - If a friend were to play a deception on you that would be pretty disappointing.
Pollution - The pollution causes contamination of the city.
25 Para (PAH RAH)
For - Imagine a parrot saying for for for.
26 Aquí (A key)
Here - Imagine coming to a big locked door, someone has a key and says, here is a key.
27 Qué (KEH)
What - O.K. you know how to say what in Spanish now.
28 Suficiente (SOO FEES EE EHN TEH)
Enough - When you have had enough you have had sufficient.
29 Usted (OO STEHD)
You - you said you would speak Spanish and you will.
30 Comida (KOH MEE DAH)
Food - Imagine an Italian restaurateur says, come eat a Italiana food ina mya Italiana restaurant.
31 Algo (AHL GOH)
Something - we don't have any food I’ll go and get something.
32 Dónde esta (DOHN DEH EHS TAH)
Where is - it's Don's birthday Where is Don, Don's the star.
33 Maravillosa (MAH RAH VEE OH SAH)
Wonderful - Something wonderful is something marvelous
34 Feliz (FEH LEES)
Happy - Imagine Felix the cat with a happy face.
35 Navidad (NAH VEE DAHD)
Christmas - Imagine asking you father at Christmas "Where will we put the nativity scene, dad?"
36 Afuera (AH FOOEH RAH)
Outside - An agoraphobic has a fear of going outside.
37 Mesa (MEH SAH)
Table - Imagine a mess on a table.
38 Pan (PAHN)
Bread - Imagine cooking bread in a pan.
39 Porque (POHR KEH)
Because - Poor Kay suffered in Spanish class because she didn't use mnemonics.
40 Me Gusta (MEH GOOS TAH)
I like - Imagine a cave man eating a goose and saying "Me like the goose taday".
41 Siempre (SEE EM PREH)
Always - Imagine going to a church on Sundays where you always see em pray.
42 Los Estados Unidos (LOHS EH STAH DOHS OO NEE DOHS)
The United States -
43 Por qué (POHR KEH)
Why - Imagine a Canadian saying “It tastes good that's why I eat pork ay.”
44 Le gusta (LEH GOOS TAH)
You Like - Imagine a Frenchman cooked a goose and asks you do you like "le goose"
45 Pero (PEH ROH)
But - Imagine someone eating a round Asian pear and saying "I though it was a pear oh but it looks like an apple".
46 Gente (HENTAY)
People - Imagine 20 people giving hens tea
47 Muy (MOO EE)
Very - Imagine a farmer's cows mooing and he says, "The cows are very mooey today"
48 Raro (RAH ROH)
Strange - If something is strange it's rare.
49 Polvo (POHL BOH)
Dust - Imagine pulverizing something into dust.
50 Bueno (BOOEH NOH)
Good - Buenos Aires is a good city
51 Película (PEH LEEH KOO LAH)
Film - Imagine a French man watching a movie about pelicans and saying oh la la
52 Seguro (SHE GOO ROH)
Insurance - Imagine that you feel secure because you have insurance
53 Mañana (MAHN YAH NAH)
Morning - Your friend's brain is slow to start in the morning and he keeps making mistakes you say, “man ya na good in the morning.”
54 Como (KOH MOH)
I eat - I can't eat with messy hair so I put a comb over my hair before I eat.
55 Lo mismo (LOH MEES MOH)
The same - Imagine a monk chanting the same thing over and over lomm ismmo lomm ismmo
56 Nada (NAH DAH)
Nothing - You have probably already heard nada used in TV or in films to mean nothing in English
57 Sólo (SOHL LOH)
Only - If someone is a solo performer they are the only one performing
58 Está bien (EHS STAH BEE EHN)
All right - it's all right for a star Ben Affleck to make an occasional bad movie like Gigli.
59 Más (MAHS)
More - Arnold has more muscles than me
60 Carne (CAHR NEH)
Meat - Even had chili con carne = chili with meat
61 Tengo que (TEHN GOH KEH)
I have to - Imagine a dance and a guy says, "I have to tango with kay".
62 Hacer (AHS EHR)
To do - Imagine an army sergeant asking “who wants to do it?” and two guys say, “us sir”.
63 Comprar (COHM PRAHR)
To buy - Imagine comparing prices when you want to buy something new
64 Playa (PLAH YAH)
Beach - Imagine going to play at the beach
65 Todo (TOH DOHS)
All - Imagine putting all your toes in dough
66 Ahora (AH OHR AH)
Now - Imagine a hippie saying now I see you have a auro
67 Tiene que (TEE EHN EH KEH)
You have to - So the Spanish for you have to is logically tiene que.
68 Ir (EER)
To go - Imagine saying “I need to go to the doctor because I have a sore ear.”
69 Norte Americano (OHT ROH)
American - Just think of those naughty Americans on spring break
70 Otro (OHT ROH)
Another - Yes, I ought to give you another Spanish word.
71 Abrir (AH BREER)
To open - To drink a beer you have to open a beer
72 Maleta (MAH LEH TAH)
Suitcase - Imagine hitting your suitcase with a mallet
73 Puedo (POOEH DOH)
I can - I can go to Puerto Rico
74 Ver (VEHR)
To see - Look at something on your desk you need to see it up very close
75 Grande (GRAHN DEH)
Big - The Rio Grande on the Texas/Mexico border is a big river
76 O (OH)
Either/or - Very similar to Or
77 Hola (OH LAH)
Hello - He's a bit deaf so you have to holla when you say hello
78 Amigo (AH MEE GOH)
Friend - Hollywood and TV made sure you already knew this. Los three amigos were 3 friends
79 Puede (POOEH DEH)
You can - Imagine Winnie the Poo had a hard day and Tiger said “you can rest now”
80 Quiere (KEE EH REH)
You want - Do you want to watch the Drew Carey show?
81 Pronto (PROHN TOH)
Soon - I am sure you have heard people in movies say “do it pronto meaning do it soon.”
82 Cuando (KOOAHN DOH)
When - When are you going to start tae kwon do?
83 Esta noche (EHS TAH NOH CHEH)
Tonight - Tonight I am going to get a star noche on my belt
84 Chico (CHEE KOH)
Little - A chick is a little chicken
85 Así (AH SEE)
Like that - Oh I see it is like that is it you so and so
86 Esta (EHS TAH)
This - Remember you learned esta noche means tonight. Literally we could translate esta noche as this night.
87 Lo agradezco (LOH AH GRAH DEHS KOH)
I appreciate it - A student says to the teacher “low grades go to hell, give me good grades and I appreciate it.”
88 Cuantas (KWAHN TAHS)
How many - How much is a flight to Australia on qantas airlines
89 Sentir (SEHN TEER)
To feel - I don't know how to feel about the fact you were sent here
90 Asegurar (AH SEH GOO RAHR)
To Insure - To insure your car makes for A secure car
91 Como se llama (KOH MOH SEH YAH MAH)
What’s it called - A communists asks his mum what is it called, a como says ya ma whatís it called
92 Sí (SEE)
93 Si (SEE)
If - Imagine someone trying to hit a baseball. He misses the ball and says, “if I could see the ball I would hit it”.
94 Él (EHL)
He - Elvis he was a man
95 Días (DEE AHS)
Days - Oh happy days I just saw Cameron Diaz.
96 También. (TAHM BEE EHN)
Also - I am a musician, I play triangle and tambourine also.
97 Casi (KAH SEE)
Almost - A mother says to her son who drives fast, “what are you a kamikaze you almost killed yourself”.
98 Pienso (PEE EHN SOH)
I think - I have a pen so I think I will scribble
99 Voy (Boy)
I am going - Boy a party tonight I am going to really enjoy that.
100 Va (Ba)
You are going - You are going so far away
101 Bien (BEE EHN)
Well - How is Ben. He is well
102 Tarde (TAHR DEH)
Late - Some people say don't be tardy for don't be late
103 Cual (COO AHL)
Which - Which is cuter the Koala or the kangaroo?
104 Aún (AH OOHN)
Still - Bill Gates still owns Microsoft and is still the richest man in the world.
105 Sé (SEH)
I know - I say I know how to say I know
106 Quien (KEE EHN)
Who - Someone left the key in the lock of your house you say “who left the key in the lock”.
107 Tiempo (TEE EHM POH)
Time - Music with a slow tempo has a slow time
108 Boleto (BOH LEH TOH)
Ticket - Imagine a ticket with a bullet on it.
109 Antes de (AHN TEHS DEH)
Before - Your mom says, "You'd better put the sugar away before there are ants there".
110 Como (KOH MOH)
How - Com on how easy is that?
111 Despues de (DEHS POOEHS DEH)
After - The people despise the president after what he has done
112 Primero (PREE MEH R OH)
First - This is an easy one. Prime rib is first class.
113 Lugar (LOO GAHR)
Place - Imagine you are backpacking. You lug a backpack from place to place.
114 Otra vez (OH TRAH VEHS)
Again - Imagine your friend has a bright red vest. You say, "please don't wear that ultra red vest again."
115 Año (AHN YOH)
Year - An ya know just like that there goes another year.
116 Nuestra (NOO EHS TRAH)
Our - This is a new strain on our eyes because your friend has a bright red vest
117 Cosa (COHS AH)
Thing - This thing it's causa you.
117a Vengo (VEHN GOH)
I come - I come to work in the morning then go home in the evening
118 encontrar (EHN CON TRAHR)
To find - In close encounters of the third kind the army go to find the aliens
119 Último (OOL TEE MOH)
Last - Like an ultimtum is the last chance
120 Muchas veces (MOO CHAHS VEH SEHS)
Often - Do you remember that veces is times. Therefore muchas veces = many times or often.
121 Debajo (DEHB AH HOH)
Under - Imagine Santa Claus drinking too much, he falls under de bar singing ho ho ho
122 Amo (AH MOH)
I love - I love to be among the trees.
123 Decir (DEH SEER)
To tell - Imagine an old man saying “I am a little deaf you need to tell me in dis ear”
124 Adiós (AH DEE OHS)
Goodbye - You've heard this in the movies I am sure goodbye adiós
125 La mayoría (LAH MAH YOHR EE AH)
The most - In most elections the person who gets the majority of votes wins
126 A veces (AH VEH SEHS)
Sometimes - We learned that veces is times. A veces is at times or sometimes
127 Semejante (SEH MEH HAHN TEH)
Such - A truck such as a semi has to turn carefully.
128 Arriba (AH REE BAH)
Up - Imagine going up a river
129 Mano (MAHN OH)
Hand - Imagine that you hurt you hand and say, “Man o man my hand is sore.”
130 Durante (DOO RAHN TEH)
Over / During - The band duran duran have lasted over the years
131 Luego (LOO EH GOH)
Then - I drink coffee then to the loo I go
132 Dinero (din air oh)
Money - Robert di nero has a lot of money
A lot / many / much -
137 Comer (KOHM EHR)
To Eat - Imagine your mum saying to you "come here to eat".