Spanish vocabulary for the cold season

Winter is here and whether you are anxiously waiting for Santa Claus or for the Three Kings (los Reyes Magos) to bring you gifts, you should learn some Spanish words suitable for winter. Regardless of whether you want to learn how to build a snowman in Spanish, learn some words for winter clothing that will help you if you are shopping, or simply say Merry Christmas! in Spanish, this article will help you.

Let’s start with the first sign of winter, which, of course is the weather. So, when we think of the cold season, we think of winter (= el invierno), and then we think about the cold (=el frío). If we are lucky enough, we are greeted with snow (= la nieve). This makes us scream: it’s snowing (= está nevando; nevar). We all know that when it is snowing we want to make a snowman (= el muñeco de nieve), and in order to do so, we need snowflakes (= los copos de nieve). If we are lucky enough, we get some days off due to a snowstorm (= la tormenta de nieve).

In order to go out and enjoy the snow, we need to dress up with warm clothes, or wrap ourselves up in warm clothing (= abrigarse). The first thing that we put on is our coat (=el abrigo) or our jacket (= la chaqueta). Then, we go on and put on some gloves (= los guantes), which we will use to make a snowman. Then, we want to make sure that we won’t get sick so we add a scarf (= la bufanda) and then, we also put on a hat (= la gorra). We also need some shoes suitable for the snow, such as boots (= las botas). We are ready to go out and enjoy some winter activities.

There are many things that you can do outside. Among the most common activities are skiing (= esquiar), ice skating (= patinar sobre hielo), and of course, this list would not be complete without sledding (=andar sobre el trineo). Since we are talking about sleds, let’s also mention Santa’s reindeer (= el reno), which is pulling the sled.

Since we just mentioned Santa Claus (= Papá Noel), I guess we should get ready by learning some Christmas carols (=los villancicos). Oh, and we should also, get the Christmas tree (= el abeto / el árbol de Navidad) ready for the holidays. I almost forgot, since we are talking about Christmas (= la Navidad), we should also learn how to wish people a Merry Christmas! (= ¡Feliz Navidad!).

Well, I guess that you are set for the cold season with the vocabulary. All that you need to do now, is to relax, and while you are waiting for Papá Noel or los Reyes Magos to give you a visit, you should learn a bit about Spanish Christmas traditions.


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