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3 Words for Ascuas – Episode 6 – 500 Gramos de Ternura

3 Words for Ascuas

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Welcome to episode 6 of 3 Words for Ascuas! This week Ben and Marina discuss Spanish false friends, and Spanish words that can trip us up and cause us huge embarrassment, with lots of great listener stories to illustrate the point!
N.B. This episode contains explicit content.

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Sensible – Sensitive
Es una persona muy sensible – He/she is a very sensitive person
Sensato – Sensible
Ha sido una respuesta muy sensata – That was a very sensible answer

Compromiso – Commitment
Se que te encantaría ir mañana con tu amigo pero tienes un compromiso conmigo para acompañarme a Ikea – I know you’d love to go with your friend tomorrow, but you’ve got a commitment to accompany me to Ikea

Ya tengo un compromiso – I’ve already got a prior engagement

The top 5 Spanish false friends

1. Embarazada

Estoy embarazada – I’m pregnant
Estoy avergonzado/a – I’m embarrassed
Tengo verguenza – I ‘m embarrassed

2. Pollo/a

Un bocadillo de pollo – A chicken sandwich
Un bocadillo de polla – A penis sandwich

Pollo deshuesasdo – Boneless chicken
Polla desordenado – Disordered penis

3. Penes

Peine – Comb
Pene – Penis
Pinos – Pines
Tengo un jardín lleno de penes – I have a garden full of penises
Tengo un jardín lleno de pinos – I have a garden full of pines

4. Preservativos

Preservativos – Condoms
Conservantes – Preservatives
Me gustan los sándwiches de esa tienda, porque no contienen preservativos – I like the sandwiches in that shop, because they don’t have condoms in them
Condón – Condom (slang)

5. Cojones

Cajones – Drawers
Cojones – Balls/testicles
Conejos – Rabbits

Que cojones más bonitos – What beautiful balls
Que cajones más bonitos – What beautiful drawers

Los cojones han destrozado mi jardín – The balls have destroyed my garden
Los conejos han destrozado mi jardín – The rabbits have destroyed my garden

Mira los cojones de chocolate – Look at the chocolate testicles
Mira los conejos de chocolate – Look at the chocolate rabbits

This week’s joke

— ¿Qué le dice una barra de pan a otra?

— Te presento a una miga.

– What does one loaf of bread say to the other

– I’d like to introduce you to a friend (una amiga) / a bread crumb (una miga)

Karen’s story

Hola, soy tu vecino – Hello, I’m your neighbour (not ‘besino’ – little kiss)


El ano pasado – The past anus
El año pasado – Last year


Nosotros cogemos un taxi en el aeropuerto – We’ll get a taxi at the airport

This sentence is fine as translated above in Spain, but in Mexico and Argentina, ‘coger’ means ‘to have sex with’, so in those countries this sentence would mean, ‘we’ll have sex with a taxi at the airport’. In those countries please use ‘tomar’ instead of ‘coger’.


No soy listo – I’m not clever
No estoy listo – I’m not ready


La gaita irlandesa, la flautista, la guitarrista, la acordeonista, y el violador – The Irish bagpipes, the flautist, the accordion player, and the rapist

Violinista – Violin player
Violador – Rapist


Estaba en la carnicería. Habían puesto las longanizas y las chuletas en una bolsa – I was in the butchers, they’d put the sausages and the chops in a bag

– ¿Algo más? – Anything else?
– Sí, ponme 500 gramos de ternura picada, por favor – Yes, I’ll have 500 grams of tenderness/fondness please

…nada de cariño, cariño – mejor dicho un poco de ternera – no sweetness, sweetie, I think you mean a bit of veal


Quiero aprender Español contigo. Estoy muy excitado –  I want to learn Spanish with you. I’m sexually aroused
Estoy muy ilusionado – I’m very excited
Tengo muchas ganas – I’m very excited
Estoy muy emocionado – I’m overcome and emotional
Estoy encantado con la clase – I’m delighted with the class

We hope you enjoyed episode 6!

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