Saturday, December 27, 2008

Spanish Word of the Day

despertador, noun
alarm clock

We’ve already come across the words despertar and despierto meaning to wake up and awake. A related word which can prove very useful when you’re traveling is el despertador, an alarm clock. Notice the verb poner and the preposition para in this next example.

No te olvides de poner el despertador para las cinco.
Don’t forget to set the alarm for five o’clock.

And notice how you use the verb sonar:

Cuando sonó el despertador salté de la cama.
When the alarm went off I leapt out of bed.

One of the services your hotel is likely to offer is:

servicio de despertador
wake up call

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Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
View of Lake Atitlan and volcano from my apartment balcony in Panajachel. Taken by Catherine Todd June 2008.