Welcome to the Insta Spanish Newsletter Volume 90

Part of the Spanish Learning Blog - your weekly lessons with mp3 files, as well as links to Spanish travel spots and more.

Thanks to those of you that have joined the Members Zone - especially to the students who signed up for my classes! I had to delay them a bit as I had company in town, and I'm still working on the video for the first Beginning Spanish through Music class - which I'm hoping to have ready to go this sometime week. It's not too late to join this class. In the last few weeks I also added the Verbs Visualizer - some of you may remember this from a couple of years ago, as the project has been in development for a while, I just never had a good place for it. There are around 60 verbs now, and we'll be adding new ones regularly. This is exclusively available to folks in the Members Zone.

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This week we take a look at colors in Spanish - esta semana vamos a hablar de los colores en español. This is something we covered back in Newsletter 16 - but now we look at the usage of colors in actual sentences.

Using Colors in Spanish: Usando los Colores en Oraciones

The word color in Spanish is a masculine noun, which is why we use the article "el" instead of "la" when we talk about a specific color.

el rojo - red
el amarillo - yellow
el violeta - violet

The "el" is in place of actually saying the whole phrase, "el color".

But when using the colors to describe things, like when talking about a red carpet or a blue skirt, then we have to be more careful because the adjective has to match the gender and quantity of the noun.

The colors blue and green are easy, because blue and green don't change for masculine or feminine - only for plural. It is always azul or azules, verde or verdes. Let's use the colors from the image below to test out using colors in Spanish - and assuming the the background color for each button is represented by the word in the box.
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la música no es verde: the music is not green
los videos son verdes: the videos are green
el audio es azul: the audio is blue
las clases no son azules: the classes are not blue
Notice how rojo and amarillo do change to feminine if the word is feminine:
la música es amarilla: the music is yellow
los videos no son amarillos: the videos are not yellow
el audio no es rojo: the audio is not red
las clases son rojas: the classes are red

SinĂ³nimos del Color Rojo: Synonyms for the Color Red

Being one of the primary colors and the most flashy of all, it is not surprising that there are plenty of synonyms for the color red. Here are some of the most popular words for bright and/or dark red:


Let's see some examples of use of these terms in the context:
1) Alborada Carmesí ("Red Dawn" or "Red Dawning") is the name of a Colombian movie that will be released in june 2008. I found the trailer here. Check it out!
2) El río Colorado...means red river
3) Túnica encarnada, seda encarnada, plumas encarnadas: Red tunic, red silk, red feathers. This adjective it is often used to describe luxurious clothes worn by kings, bishops and religious images.
The verb "encarnar" means to embody, to personify, or to play a part in a movie or play.
4) La letra escarlata es una novela de Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Scarlet Letter is a novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Spanish travel

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the most populated city of the Canary Islands. It is located in the island of Gran Canaria and it was founded in 1478, under the kingdom of the Catholic Monarchs, Isabella and Ferdinand. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria later became a strategic stop in the way to the Americas and an economic center for the trade of sugar.

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria enjoys the best weather all year around, that makes it a preferred winter destination for many spaniards and europeans.

Actor Javier Bardem

spanish culture

Born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in 1969, Javier Bardem comes from a family of actors and movie directors. His mother is the spanish actress Pilar Bardem.

He is the first spanish actor to win an Oscar, in 2008, and the first to be nominated for this prize. In the year 2000 he was nominated for his part in the movie "Antes que anochezca" ("Before Night Falls"), a movie based in the life of Reinaldo Arenas, an exhiled cuban writer and poet.

Finally, he won the oscar in 2008, for his part in the movie "No Country for Old Men" by the Coen brothers, based in a book by Cormac MacCarthy.


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