My Wednesday Word this week is lavaplatos. It’s a Spanish compound word meaning ‘dishwasher’. I love words like this one because when you break it down it’s so obvious. In Spanish, lavar is the verb ‘to wash’ and platos is the noun ‘plates’ or ‘dishes’. Therefore, ‘dishwasher’!
One of my favourite things about languages is how clever they are. Even English is. We just don’t think about it. It’s one of the more fun things about learning a language – that moment when you figure out a connection. It could be a connection between your native language and your new language or a connection within the new language. Either is good!
Making connections is one of the most helpful things you can do when learning a new language. Aside from the literal connections happening in your brain, you’ll be broadening your vocabulary knowledge. Once you realise words like this are out there you’ll find them everywhere. It’s one of those ‘duh’ moments when you cotton on. Like ‘ohhh, I see what they did there’. I love it.