Posted by: janecronin | October 1, 2015

Spanish Thought of the Day 1.10.15


Today our word is “alegría” which means “Joy”.  Like Joy it can be a woman´s name.  The “Oda a la Alegría” is the name in Spanish of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” which has been adopted as the European Anthem.  Alegría is related to the verb “alegrar” (to make happy) and “alegrarse” (to be happy, glad or cheered).  One of the most everyday uses of this is to say “me alegro” (I’m glad) as a response when someone shares their good news with you.   There’s a bar in Jacarilla called “Date Una Alegría” which is a funny one to translate into English.  “Give yourself a joy” – that doesn´t sound right,  “Cheer yourself up” –  that’s not right either because it implies that you’re not very happy.  The best translation of “Date una alegría” is “Treat yourself” which is what you’re supposed to do if you go into that particular bar!

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