Griping About La Gripe

In this post, I’m griping about the GRIPE.

 

GRIPE

(GREE-pay)

the flu

 

When people have the flu, they often gripe, whine, moan, and otherwise feel sorry for themselves. I’d like to do this. Like George Costanza… I yearn to do this. But I have been deprived of this conventional behavior because the entire Redanglespanish family has LA GRIPE in one state or another.

 

Do you ever yearn?

 

 

Yesterday, Redanglespanish, Jr. (the 8-month old) unbelievably managed to unload #1 and #2 on the in-law’s miniature schnauzer. Moments later, he threw up on the dog. Too much información, I know. But really – it’s kinda amazing.

 

Oh, and now the in-laws are sick too.

 

Here is some sick Spanish for you. Hat tip to a great post from Vocabat aka Katie Jacoby and her Sicko post 2 weeks ago. You can read it here.

Being Sick in Colombian Spanish

 

 

ENFERMO

(ayn-FAYR-moh)

sick… Think of the infirmary….

 

 

GUARDANDO CAMA

(gahr-DAHN-doh  KAH-mah)

bedridden… Think “guarding the bed

 

 

VIRUS

(BEE-roos)

virus… Identical Spanish Twin!

 

 

VOMITAR

(boh-mee-TAHR)

to vomit… Another Spanish Twin!

 

 

 

Me siento maluco

(may SYAYN-toh  mah-LOOH-koh)

I feel lousy

 

 

TOS

(tohs)

cough

 

 

MEDICAMENTOS

(may-dee-kah-MAYN-tohs)

medicine

 

Not medicina, that’s more of the academic variety. Medicamentos are what you take to get better. Medicina is what 90% of all actors pretend to do on TV that are not on some Law & Order and/or CSI spinoff.

 

CSI: No más porfa….

 

Hola NyQuil… Hasta luego, mundo….

 

 

 

Bradley Hartmann is founder and el presidente at Red Angle (www.redanglespanish.com), a Spanish language training firm focused on the construction industry. He is going to bed.

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1 reply

  1. Nice, lots of twins. Lots more, too: hospital, doctor/médico, temperatura, fiebre, inyección, etc. A million more that I can’t think of right now.

    I’d be careful about maluco/a- as far as I know, that’s very regional, Colombia/Venezuela. More standard would be to simply say Me siento mal.

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