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3 Words for Ascuas – Episode 12 – La Alegría de la Huerta

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Welcome to episode 12 of 3 Words for Ascuas! This week Ben and Marina discuss Spanish words and phrases connected to nature, including herbs, flowers and trees, and wonderful expressions such as ‘Ser la alegría de la huerta’ and ‘Con tontos, ni a coger hongos’.

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Ser la alegría de la huerta – The life and soul of the party, a lively and happy person

Llevar a alguien al huerto – To have sexual relations with somebody

La primavera la sangre altera – Spring alters your blood! It spices things up!

Estar metido en el ajo / Estar en el ajo – To be involved in something, usually secret or naughty

Ha habido un escándalo en el trabajo y parece que Juan está metido en el ajo –
There’s been a scandal at work and it seems that Juan is in the thick of it


Madreselva – Honeysuckle
Altramuces – White Lupin
Pensamientos – Pansies
Nomeolvides – Forget-me-nots
Dedaleras – Foxgloves
Dedal – Thimbel
Alhelíes – Wallflower
Capuchinas – Nasturtium
Mejorana – Marjoram
Albahaca – Basil
Perejil – Parsley
Hierbabuena – Mint
Tomillo – Thyme
Romero – Rosemary


La dehesa – Pasture land, a unique ecosystem in South-Western Spain consisting of mediterranean forest modified by man for grazing animals

Cajón – Canyon (in Chile) / draw


Amarillear – To turn yellow
Cosechar – To harvest
Corcho – Cork
La escarcha – Frost
Escarchado – Frosty
Frutas escarchadas – Candied fruit
El follaje – Canopy
La castaña – Chestnut
El espantapájaros – Scarecrow

Ser castaña – To be brown-haired
Marina es castaña – Marina is brown-haired
Ser una castaña – To be crappy
Ese coche es una castaña – That is the crappiest car.


Flor de Nochebuena / Flor de Pascua – Poinsettia
Buganvilla- Bougainvillea
Girasol – Sunflower
Dama de Noche / Jazmín – Night blooming jasmine. Each evening the scent is strong and sweet.
Estar en el quinto pino – To be far away


Un herrerillo – blue tit

Ahlsund, Finland

Con tontos, ni a coger hongos – You shouldn’t listen to bad advice, or you should watch the company you keep (literally, with stupid people, don’t pick mushrooms!)

Año de hongos, año de nieves – If there are a lot of mushrooms in the fall there will be lots of snow in the winter

Año de nieves, año de bienes – If it snows a lot there will be lots of goods (crops will do well)

En diciembre, heladas, y migas almorzadas – In December, icy mornings and breadcrumbs stew for lunch

Clarence, White Plains NY

Abedul – Birch tree
Acebo – Holly
Álamo – Poplar or cottonwood
Fresno – Ash
El árbol más altanero, débil tallo fue primero – Great oaks from little acorns grow

Marina recommends the book “Jaime y las bellotas” – published by Kalandraka

Ben and Marina on trees

Encina – Holm oak
Roble – Oak
Aritz – Roble in Basque

Linda, North Carolina

¡Trágame tierra! / ¡Tierra trágame! – I want to die! / Just kill me now!

Parece como si se le hubiera tragado la tierra – He disappeared off the face of the earth / He vanished into thin air


Chozo – Wooden or stone hut
Transhumancia – Transhumance
El arroyo – Stream
Riachuelo – Creek

Wisdom from San Bernardo De Claraval:
“Encontrarás mucho más en los bosques que en los libros; los árboles y las piedras te enseñarán lo que nunca aprenderías de un maestro.” – You’ll find a lot more in forests than in books; trees and stones will teach you what you’ll never learn from a teacher.

Joke, also from Eduardo

Un gato caminaba por un tejado maullando:
¡Miau, miau!
En eso se acerca otro gato repitiendo:
¡Guau, guau!
Entonteces el primer gato le dice:
Oye, ¿por qué ladras si tú eres gato?
Y el otro le contesta:
¿Es que uno no puede aprender idiomas?

A cat was walking along a roof meowing:
Meow, meow!
Another cat came along repeating:
Woof Woof!
So the first cat said:
Hey, why are you barking if you are a cat?
And the other cat replied:
What, can’t one learn languages?


Encapotado – Overcast, cloudy

Marina’s tounge-twister
El cielo está encapotado, ¿quién lo desencapotará? El desencapotador que lo desencapote buen desencapotador será.

Which very roughly translates as… The sky is cloudy, who will uncloud it?, the unclouder that unclouds it will really be a good unclouder!

Ben’s words

Musgo – Moss
Fiemo – Manure
Ortigas – Nettle
Fiemar (local verb used in the Pyrenees) – Fertilise with manure
Bufete de abogados – Law firm

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