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Spanish Word Games

31/03/2011
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Preguntas:

1.  Un día nacen un pollo y un caballo.  Después tres años, ¿quién es más grande?

 

2. ¿Cuál es el animal que siempre llega al último?

 

3. ¿Cuál es el animal que es dos veces animal?

 

4. ¿Qué es algo y nada a la vez?

 

5. En México cuando tú lanzar una moneda al aire y elegir uno de los lados.  ¿Qué es sus opciones?

 


Respuestas:

1. El pollo, porque después de tres años el caballo tiene tres años, pero el pollo tiene tres años y pico.

 

2. El delfín.

 

3. El gato, porque es gato y araña.

 

4. El pez.

 

5. Águila o sol.

 

 


Explicaciones:

 

1. For the answer to this question look to the word pico.  We all know that the beak of a pollo is called el pico, but what other definitions are there for pico?  In my dictionary (way down the list) it shows "y pico" as: and a little or and a bit.  So after three years the pollo would be three years and a little bit making it older than the horse.

 

2. Why would the dolphin always arrive last?  Again, look to alternative definitions of delfín.  Thinking back to French history what did they call the prince that was to assume the throne?, Dauphin or heir apparent.  The heir apparent would always be the last to arrive.

 

3. Why would the cat be two animals?  Look to the verb arañar – to scratch.  Now conjugate the verb to the present indicative form for it.  You get the verb araña which means it scratches.  So when you say a cat scratches you could be calling it a spider.

 

4. How is a fish something and nothing at the same time?  Look to the verb nadir, to swim.  Now conjugate the verb to the present indicative form for it.  You get the verb nada, which we took to mean nothing.  But, it can also mean it swims.  So the sentence could read what is something and swims too?  So the answer fish would make sense.

 

5. In Mexico the phrase “águila o sol” meaning “eagle or sun” is the equivalent of the English phrase “heads or tails”. There has traditionally been an eagle on one side of the Mexican coins for many, many years. At various times the opposite side of the coin has carried the ancient symbol of a phrygian cap which is a soft, red, conical cap with the top pulled forward that represents  freedom and the pursuit of liberty in old sculptures, caricatures, and paintings. The phrygian cap has been imprinted on certain Mexican coins through the late 19th century into the mid 20th century and it is usually depicted with a bunch of rays emanating from behind it. Thus it can easily be mistaken for a caricature of the sun.  Excerpt from México Bob at http://mexicobob.blogspot.com/2009/01/aguila-o-sol.html

 

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  1. suk permalink
    27/05/2011 11:14

    Hi, Barry, your neighbor suk, Walter’s wife, we are back to Houston yesterday may 26, next time I am sure we will get together. I admire to studying Spanish, I had to do same thing learning English, French , Korean , Chinese & Japanese. I wish my Korean school offered Spanish at that time but Mexico was not rich country at that time so I studied theses laguges & now I am over 50′ so my brain is not sharp as my youth day but I will do it. So my hospital will pay for Spanish class @ university Texas in Houston so I am going to check it out & start from very very bottom. Good luck with study & we will see u after Chirstmas. Cheer.SB

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