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a
to; at
abajo
down; below; downstairs
el abanico
fan (something to move air)
abierto
open
abrazar
to embrace
el abrazo
embrace, hug
el abrigo
overcoat
abrir
to open
acá
here
acabar
to finish
la acción
action
aceptar
to accept
acerca de
about
acercarse
to approach
acompañar
to accompany, to go with
aconsejar
to give advise to
acordarse
to remember
acostarse
to go to bed
actual
present, current
el acuerdo
agreement
adelante
ahead, forward
además
moreover, besides
adentro
inside
adiós
goodbye
adónde
where
la aduana
customs, custom house
el aeropuerto
airport
afeitarse
to shave
afuera
outside
el agente
agent
agradable
pleasant
agradecer
to thank
la agua
water
aguantar
to stand
la aguja
needle
ahora
now
el aire
air
el ladrillo
brick
el alcalde
mayor
la alcoba
bedroom
arriba
up, above
arrojar
to throw
el/la arte
art
el artículo
article
el/la artista
artist
asado
roasted
el ascensor
elevator
asegurar
to secure, to assure, to insure
los aseos
(pl) restroom, toilets
así
thus; this way
el asiento
seat
asistir a
to attend
el asunto
matter, affair
atrás
back, behind, backward
atrasado
delayed, slow, overdue
atravesar
to put across; to cross (as with a street)
atreverse
to dare
aunque
although
el autobús
bus
el automóvil
automobile, car
la autoridad
authority
la avenida
avenue
averiguar
to ascertain, to find out
el avión
airplane
avisar
to inform, to warn
el aviso
notice, warning
ayer
yesterday
ayudar
to help
el ayuntamiento
city hall, town hall
bailar
to dance
el baile
dance
bajar
to take down, to reduce
bajo (adjective)
low; short (stature)
el banco
bench, pue; bank
la bandera
flag
bañarse
to bathe
el baño
bath; bathroom
barato
cheap, inexpensive
la barba
chin; beard
el barco
boat, ship
el barrio
district, neighborhood
bastante
enough, sufficient
bastar
to suffice, to be enough
el baúl
trunk
beber
to drink
la bebida
drink, beverage
bello
beautiful
besar
to kiss
el beso
kiss
la biblioteca
library
bien
well
bienvenido
welcome
el billete
ticket; bill (bank note)
la blusa
blouse
la boca
mouth
la boda
wedding
el boleto
ticket
la bolsa
bag, purse
el bosillo
pocket
bonito
pretty
borracho
drunk; drunkard
el bosque
forest, woods
botar
to throw out, to discard
la botella
bottle
el brazo
arm
breve
brief
la broma
joke, jest
buen, bueno
good
la pantalla (electronics)
screen (television, computer)
el buque
ship, boat
buscar
to look for
el caballero
gentleman, sir
caber
to fit
la cabeza
head
cada
each
caer
to fall
la cafetería
cafe, coffee house
la caja
box
el/la cajero(a)
cashier
el calcetín
sock
la calentura
fever
caliente
warm, hot
el calor
heat, warmth
la calle
street
la cama
bed
la cámara
camera
la camarera
chambermaid; waitress
el camarero
waiter
cambiar
to change; to exchange
el cambio
change; exchange
caminar
to walk
el camino
road
el camión
truck; bus
la camisa
shirt
la camiseta
t-shirt, undershirt
la campana
bell
el campo
country; field
la canción
song
cansado
tired
cantar
to sing
la capital
capital (city)
el capital
capital (money)
la cara
face
¡Caramba!
Gosh!
la cárcel
jail
el cariño
affection, love
cariñoso
affectionate
caro
expensive
el carro
car
la carta
letter; playing card
la cartera
wallet, purse
la carretera
highway
la casa
house, home
casado
married
casarse
to get married
casi
almost
el caso
case, matter, thing
el castillo
castle
la casualidad
chance, coincidence
el catarro
cold (respiratory)
la catedral
cathedral
la cena
supper, dinner
cenar
to have dinner
el centro
center; business district
el cepillo
brush
cerca de
near
cerrado
closed
cerrar
to close
la cesta
basket
ciego
blind
el cielo
sky, heaven
cierto
certain, sure, true
el cine
movie theater; movies
la cinta
strip, ribbon, tape, belt
el cinturón
belt
la cita
appointment, date
la ciudad
city
claro
clear, light (color); of course
la clase
class, kind, type
el/la cliente
client, customer
el clima
climate
cobrar
to collect, to charge, to cash
la cocina
kitchen
cocinar
to cook
cocinero(a)
cook
el coche
car, coach
coger
to take; to catch
la cola
line (queue); tail
el collar
necklace
la comedia
play; comedy
el comedor
dining room
comenzar
to begin
comer
to eat; to have lunch
los comestibles
foods, groceries
la comida
food, meal
como
as, like
cómodo
comfortable
el/la compañero(a)
companion, friend
la compaña
company
comprar
to buy
comprender
to understand
el compromiso
commitment, agreement; engagement
con
with
conducir
to drive; to conduct
la conferencia
conference; lecture
confuso
confused
conmigo
with me
conocer
to know; to meet
conseguir
to get, to obtain
el consulado
consulate
contar
to count; to tell
contento
content, glad
contestar
to answer, to reply
continuar
to continue, to go on
contra
against
contrario
contrary
la copa
(wine) glass; drink
el corazón
heart
la corbata
tie
correcto
correct
el correo
mail; post office
corregir
to correct
correr
to run
el escritorio
desk
cortar
to cut
cortés
polite
corto
short
la cosa
thing
coser
to sew
la costa
coast
costar
to cost
la costumbre
habit, custom
creer
to believe, to think
el/la criado(a)
servant
el crimen
crime
crudo
raw
la cruz
cross
cruzar
to cross
el cuaderno
notebook
la cuadra
(city) block
el cuadro
picture
¿Cuál?
Which?, Which one?
cuando
when
¿Cuándo?
When?
¿Cuánto?
How much?
el cuarto
room; quarter, fourth
cubrir
to cover
la cuchara
tablespoon
la cucharita
teaspoon
el cuchillo
knife

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