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3 Words for Ascuas – Episode 11 – A Otra Cosa, Mariposa

3 Words for Ascuas

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Welcome to episode 11 of 3 Words for Ascuas! This week Ben and Marina (and our listeners!) look at fantastic Spanish from the animal kingdom – comadrejas, lagartijas, the wonderful world of Ratoncito Pérez – Spain’s mousey tooth fairy – and much more.

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Animal sounds in Spanish

El perro – Guau Guau
La oveja – Beeee
El gallo – Kirikikí
El caballo – Hiii
El pájaro – Pío pío
La paloma – Cu-curru-cu-cú
…like the song by Caetano Veloso, Cucurrucucu Paloma from Pedro Almodovar’s film Hable Con Ella

From ST in China

Serpentear – To meander or wind along


Aquí hay gato encerrado – Something funny is going on here, something smells fishy
Dar a alguien gato por liebre – To cheat someone
Buscarle tres pies al gato – To make life complicated
No le busques tres pies al gato – Stop overcomplicating things


El Ratoncito Pérez – The Spanish Tooth Fairy
Como una cabra – Crazy
Sudar como un pollo – I’m sweating like a pig
Tener la piel de gallina / Se me pone la piel de gallina – To have goosebumps / It’s giving me goosebumps
Ser muy mono – To be cute/pretty/a nice person
Hacer el mono – To mess around
Deja ya de hacer el mono – Stop monkeying around
Pavo Real – Peacock
No te pavonees – Stop showing off
La edad del pavo – Adolescence
Tiene un pavo / Menudo pavo que tiene – What a nightmare teenager he is right now

Joke of the week (from Arthur)

¿Cuál es el animal que más dientes tiene?
El Ratoncito Pérez…..

Which animal has the most teeth?
El Ratoncito Pérez…..


Estoy más feliz que una perdiz – I’m happy as a lark
Estoy más feliz que un regaliz – I’m happy as a lark
Regaliz – Liquorice


Eres más pesado que una vaca en brazos – You are a complete pain
Eres más pesado que un collar de melones – You are a complete pain
Ser un lince – To be quick, sharp, bright
Alondra – Lark
Escarabajo – Beetle
Escarabajo descapotable – Convertible Beetle (car)
Golondrina – Swallow
Urraca – Magpie
Babosa – Slug
Baba – Dribble
Caracola – Seashell (Face-tail! How lovely!)
Hola caracola – Hi there (usually between kids)
Búho – Owl
Cigüeña – Stork


Estar al loro – To be alert, on the look out for something
Estate al loro – Be alert
¡Al loro! – Wake up, pay attention!
Hablar como un loro – To talk non-stop


El saltamontes – Grasshopper
El petirrojo – Robin
La tortuga – Tortoise
La comadreja – Weasel
No es tan fiero el león como lo pintan – His bark is worse than his bite
No apearse del burro – To refuse to back down, not get off your high horse
Bájate del burro – Get off your high horse
Cuando las ranas críen pelo – Pigs might fly
A otra cosa, mariposa – The topic is closed, moving on to something else


Son lobos de una camada – They are birds of a feather


Lagartija – Lizard
Enjambre (de abejas) – Swarm (of bees)
Ser una hormiguita – To be beavering away, making a lot with a little
Gema es una hormiguita, siempre tiene una labor en la mano – Gema is always beavering away with her needlework


Tejón – Badger
Cervatillo – Fawn
Halcón – Hawk


Milano – Kite
Quebrantahuesos – Bearded vulture (literally, bone smasher)
Quebrantar (also, quebrar) – To break
Tritón – Newt

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