Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Friday December 28, 2012

momento, noun:
moment, minute

Un momento corresponds to many uses of moment in English. For example:

La miró un momento.
He looked at her for a moment.

But notice the Spanish phrase en este momento:

En este momento no tengo ganas.
At the moment I don’t feel like it.

Un momento is also very useful when you need to tell someone to hang on for a minute:

Espere un momento.
Wait a minute.

You can even use it in the diminutive form momentito, especially on the phone:

Un momentito, por favor, que lo busco.
Just a minute, please, I’ll go and get him.


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