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When the summer comes that means one thing: sunny weather, good vibes, and the beach.
Everyone is happy in the summer.
Perhaps it is because of the variety of colors, the warmth or maybe it is in the fact that we feel free when we go to the beach and enjoy ourselves with our friends and families.
But do you know what else can be a synonym for the summer?
Accidentally (or not) all those countries are full of warm and open-hearted people. Good vibes are everywhere. And the language somehow makes you think about the summer and the beach.
So, naturally, you should learn some words and phrases that are related to the summer in Spanish.
Let’s get started.
Memorizing beach-related vocabulary shouldn’t be that hard. But if you want to use some tips and tricks on how to quickly remember new words and phrases, we will suggest some.
Use new words and phrases often. Using them frequently, helps your brain remember them better every time.
Flashcard apps can be useful language learning tools, especially for learning new words and phrases.
Use online resources, especially beach-related lessons to help you memorize expressions more quickly.
Play Spanish games with words. There are many different and entertaining games you can play alone or with friends, even on the beach so not only you will learn something useful but you will have the time of your life.
El mar/la mar — Sea
The word ‘mar’ is among few Spanish words that can be both masculine and feminine. What is more important, both terms are correct. The only difference is that ‘el mar’ is commonly used in everyday conversations, while ‘la mar’ is more poetical.
El océano — Ocean
La orilla — Shore
El cangrejo — Crab
El delfin- Dolphin
El pez — Fish
La concha — Shell
La marea — Tide
Las olas — Waves
El castillo de arena — Sandcastle
El salvavidas/La salvavidas — Lifeguard
Depending on whether you are talking about male or female lifeguards, the article you will use will be different. If you want to use the word for a male lifeguard it is ‘el salvavidas.’ Should you use the words for female lifeguard, you say ‘la salvavidas.’
El sol — Sun
La arena — Sand
La estrella de mar — Starfish
La isla — Island
La medusa — Jellyfish
La playa — Beach
Las algas — Algae
La bolsa de playa — Beach bag
La cámara — Camera
La silla de playa — Beach chair
Las botellas de agua — Water bottles
Los aperitivos y bebidas —Snacks and drinks
What do you do when you go to the beach?
You bathe, swim, play volleyball, etc. But how will you say all these activities in Spanish?
We will help you.
Bañarse — To be in the water
The verb ‘bañarse‘ is a reflexive verb, which can be literally translated as ‘to bathe oneself.’
Broncearse — To get tan
Bucear — To dive or snorkel
Hacer esquí acuático- Water skiing
Hacer surf — To go surfing
Apart from ‘haser surf,’ you can also use the verb ‘surfear.’ Both verbs are correct and equally used.
Hacer velero- Parasailing
Jugar al frisbee/jugar al disco — To play frisbee
Jugar al voleibol — To play volleyball
Nadar — To swim
Pescar — To fish
Tomar el sol — To sunbathe
The difference between this verb and ‘broncearse’ is in the action itself. While the verb ‘tomar el sol’ is the action of sunbathing, ‘broncearse’ is the process of getting the tan.
What do you have in your beach bag?
And how would you say it in Spanish?
Let’s see together.
El balón de playa/la pelota de playa — Beach ball
Surely, you’ve heard that sometimes the Spaniards use the word ‘el balon’ while in some situations they say ‘la pelota.’
So what’s the difference?
There isn’t a particular difference between these two words but we could say that ‘el balon’ usually refers to bigger balls, such as beach ball or basketball, while ‘la pelota’ is used for smaller balls, like baseball for example.
El cubo — Pail
El Sombrero- Hat
La cometa — Kite
La crema solar/el bloqueador solar/el protector solar — Sunblock
La pala — Shovel
La sombrilla — Umbrella
La tabla de surf — Surfboard
La toalla — Towel
Las chanclas — Flip flops
Las gafas de sol/los lentes de sol — Sunglasses
¿Cuáles son las horas de playa?- What are the beach hours?
¿Es seguro nadar aquí?- Is it safe to swim here?
¿Hay un salvavidas de servicio?- Is there a lifeguard on duty?
¿Quieres ir a la playa?- Do you want to go to the beach?
¿Puedo nadar aquí?- Can I swim here?
Now that you are well-equipped with 50 words and phrases related to the beach and summer, you can start packing yourself.
However, don’t forget that practicing speaking skills is equally important. For conversations, Spanish tutors are a great help because they all are native Spanish speakers so you will have the same feeling just like you are talking to the locals.
Memorizing beach-related vocabulary shouldn’t be that hard. But if you want to use some tips and tricks on how to quickly remember new words and phrases, we will suggest some. Use new words and phrases often. Using them frequently, helps your brain remember them better every time. Flashcard apps can be useful language learning tools, especially for learning new words and phrases. Use online resources, especially beach-related lessons to help you memorize expressions more quickly. Play Spanish games with words. There are many different and entertaining games you can play alone or with friends, even on the beach so not only you will learn something useful but you will have the time of your life.
El mar/la mar — Sea, El océano — Ocean, La orilla — Shore, El cangrejo — Crab, El delfin- Dolphin, El pez — Fish, La concha — Shell, La marea — Tide, Las olas — Waves, El castillo de arena — Sandcastle, El salvavidas/La salvavidas — Lifeguard, La bolsa de playa — Beach bag, La cámara — Camera, La silla de playa — Beach chair, Las botellas de agua — Water bottles, Los aperitivos y bebidas —Snacks and drinks.
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