Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Wednesday May 15, 2013
If you translate charlatán as it sounds you might think someone described that way was a bit suspect. It can have the same meaning as in English, but it’s often used just to describe someone who talks a lot:
Estaba charlatana y alegre.
She was chatty and happy.
It comes from the verb charlar to chat.
Me puse a charlar con ella.
I started chatting to her.
And from the same root we get una charla, meaning either a chat, or a talk at a conference, congress and so forth.
Después de mi charla con papá me sentí muchísimo mejor.
After my chat with dad I felt much better.
Dio una charla sobre Buda.
He gave a talk on the Buddha.
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