vocab rehab - interior del coche

Vocabulario interior del coche

En el post anterior te explicamos todos las partes del exterior del coche, pero el vocabulario del interior del coche tambien puede resultar necesario. Alquilar un coche para viajar este verano no puede ser más fácil.

Conduciendo en un pais que no es el tuyo

Recuerdo  la primera clase de conducir que tomé en España. Había vivido ya más de 10 años en países de habla hispana, pero no sabía ni cómo llamar al volante. ¿Cómo puede explicarse que no sabía los nombres de las diferentes partes en el interior del coche? Tenía una licencia de conducir desde los 16 años pero en este tema mi español estaba en blanco.

Muchas veces no aprendemos el vocabulario necesario hasta que lo tenemos que utilizar. Y ese fue mi caso. Así que hice un esfuerzo para explicarle al profesor de la auto-escuela la función de cada cosa dentro del coche para mostrarle que si hablaba Castellano, solo que no sabía los nombres de esas cosas.

Así que, no quiero que te pase lo mismo. Aquí tienes todo el vocabulario necesario para hablar con cualquiera sobre las partes del interior del coche.

Vocabulario para interior del coche con traducciones y ejemplos

  • Steering Wheel – volante  
    • Don’t grab the steering wheel while I’m driving! That’s very dangerous.
  • Claxon (UK) / Horn (US) – bocina
    • I really don’t like when people use their claxon for everything. Sometimes it is not necessary.
  • Storage compartment (UK) / Glove compartment (US) – guantera
    • I usually leave my wallet in the glove compartment when I go hiking because I don’t think I’ll need it.
  • Door handle – manilla
    • Careful with the door handle. I think one of the screws are loose and it may come off.
  • Stick shift – palanca de cambios
  • Gas pedal – acelerador   
    • There’s an expression that goes ‘put the pedal to the medal’. It means that you should step on the gas pedal so hard that it hits the metal of the car and you go as fast as you can.
  • Brake pedal – pedal de freno
    • In the beginning I found it difficult to use my right foot for the brake pedal since I was always used to using my left.
  • Clutch – embrague
    • I found that the hardest part about learning to drive was using the clutch to start the car.
  • Air bag – airbag
    • Most cars today have air bags for both the driver and the passenger as well as for the back seat passengers.
  • Vent – conducto
    • We had the air conditioning on high but nothing was coming out. It was because we had the vents closed!
  • Indicator (UK) / Turn signal (US) – indicador
    • In the US we always put our turn signal on before looking to see if I can get over, but in Spain you need to make sure you can get over and then put your turn signal on. This can causes a lot of confusion and angry drivers.

¡Buen viaje!

vocab exterior coche

Vocabulario: partes de un coche en inglés

Tal vez hablas con fluidez en ingles pero llega al momento de alquilar un coche y de repente hay mucho vocabulario: partes de un coche en inglés que no sabes o nunca has utilizado. Aquí te enseñamos las partes del exterior del coche para que tu próxima adventura sea más emocionante.

Vocabulario para el exterior del coche

Translations and examples – Parts of a car

  • Tyre (UK) / Tire (US) – neumático / llanta  
    • I was late to work today because I got a flat tyre.
  • Wheel – rueda
    • A song that we sing to our children is called ‘The wheels on the bus go round and round’.
  • Mirror – espejo  
    • I always use my mirrors before changing lanes so I know there is no one next to me.
  • Indicator (UK) / Turn signal (US) –  indicador 
    • I really can’t stand it when people do not use their indicators in a roundabout.
  • Headlight – las luces cortas 
    • I think most cars today have automatic headlights that come on when it is dark outside.
  • Number plate (UK) / License plate (US) – matricula  
    • When I was young we would play a game to see who could find a license plate from each state.
  • Bumper – parachoques
    • I scratched the bumper a little on my way out the garage. I hope my insurance will cover it.
  • Bonnet (UK) / Hood (US) – capó
    • Pop the hood so we can check the oil.
  • Windscreen (UK) / Windshield (US) – paraprisas 
    • We had a crack in the windshield so we had to get it replaced.
  • Windscreen wipers (UK) / Windshield wipers (US) – limpiaparaprisas
    • We have automatic windscreen wipers on our car, so the speed adjusts to the amount of rain falling.
  • Aerial (UK) / Antenna (US) – antena 
    • A few years ago, people were stealing all the antennas from the cars. It was really annoying.
  • Hood (UK) / Trunk (US) – maletero / baúl 
    • The reason why we decided to buy this car instead of the blue one is because this one has a bigger trunk.  

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Vocab Rehab – Movie/TV night

  • Set – in a story, series, film, set refers to the time or place the action happens
    • The film News of the World with Tom Hanks, is set in Texas after the Civil War.
  • Film set – the scenery and props as arranged for shooting a film
    • I love when films release bloopers and outtakes of the characters laughing on the film set when they are making the film.
  • Cast – the actors in a film, play or show
    • Django, the Quentin Tarantino film, has an amazing cast including Jaime Fox, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson.
  • Plot – the story of a book, film, play, etc.
    • In the movie Captain Fantastic, the plot centers around a family who returns to ‘normal life’ after having been living in isolation in the wilderness for years. I read someone call it the Noam Chomsky version of Little Miss Sunshine.
  • Series – a set of television or radio broadcasts on the same subject or using the same characters but in different situations.
    • I loved the first two seasons of the series ‘Money Heist’, but the third season got a bit repetitive.
  • Episodes – one part of a television or radio program that is given as a series.
    • What I most like about the series This is Us is how they show us different parts of the characters’ lives in just one episode.
  • Acclaimed – attracting public approval and recognition.
    • The TV series is based on the critically acclaimed book called the Handmaid’s Tale which was written by Margaret Atwood.
  • Characters – The person represented in a film, book, story, etc.
    • My favorite Marvel character is Black Widow and there is a movie coming out this summer that is based on her.
  • Masterpiece – some form of art that is completed with great skill.
    • I thought the film Parasite was a masterpiece because of the way it displayed greed from both perspectives and how it highlighted the social discrimination.
  • Binge-Watch – to watch several episodes of a series one after the other.
    • I got hooked on the series Ozark and binge watched two seasons in a weekend.

Vocab Rehab - Intl Workers Day

Vocab Rehab – International Worker’s Day

This International Work’s Day, learn some vocabulary and follow the links to learn about the origins of this day.

Vocab Rehab - Intl Workers Day
  • May Day – Also known as International Worker’s Day, on the 1st of May, traditionally celebrates the beginning of spring (click here to learn more) and now marks a day to honor those that fought for the 8-hour work day and other worker’s rights. Learn more by clicking here.
    • Since May Day falls on a Saturday this year, we won’t get a day off from work, but we will celebrate it by remembering how grateful we are to have strong worker’s rights.
  • Protest / Demonstration– both words describe an event where people show a strong complaint against something by standing somewhere, shouting, carrying signs, etc.
    • Every Friday, the pensioners protest in front of the Parliament building to demand their rights.
    • There is another demonstration programmed for this Friday.
  • Riots – an event where a large number of people behave in a noisy, violent and uncontrolled way in public, usually occurring at a protest.
    • The peaceful protest quickly turned to riots when the police began to use force.
  • To go on strike – to refuse to continue working because of an argument with an employer usually about working conditions, pay, job loss, etc.
    • The employees went on strike last week and will not return to work until they are promised the over-time they deserve.
  • Unions – short for Trade Union – is an organization that represents the people who work in a particular industry by protecting their rights and working conditions, discussing their pay, etc.
    • Since the employers did not seem to pay any attention to the union‘s demands, they are organizing a strike.
  • anarchism – a political belief that people should freely work together and rely very little on formal or governmental organization to society.
    • People often believe that without strong rules and regulations there would be anarchism, but our employees are quite good with setting their own time schedules while still doing their work as needed.

Vocab Rehab – Common Problems in meetings

There are lots of reasons why we all hate meetings. But by avoiding some of these common traps, you can have meetings that are efficient and effective. Don’t forget to read the definitions and examples below the post!

  • Late starts – when the meeting begins after the scheduled time.
    • Looks like it’s going to be another late start for today’s meeting. Joe is still not here!
  • Over-runs – when the meeting fails to finish at the scheduled time.
    • We can’t have another over-run at tomorrow’s meeting because I have to leave at the scheduled time.
  • Groupthink – the practice of thinking or making decisions as a group, resulting typically in unchallenged, poor-quality decision-making
    • Hiring a more diverse staff is a great way for our company to shy away from this model of groupthink that is halting our innovation.
  • Hidden agenda – when someone has a secret agenda or intentions
    • I feel like there is a lack of transparency occurring. He always seems like he has a hidden agenda and it makes me not trust him.
  • Inadequate preparation – attending a meeting without preparing beforehand the necessary information to discuss the topic at hand.
    • It’s clear that there was a level of inadequate preparation that took place and that’s why we were unable to reach any real decisions on the day of the meeting.
  • Communication barriers – things that make people reluctant to share and/or talk
    • There is a clear communication barrier taking place between the manager and his team. I think they are afraid to say anything in case of getting fired.
    • We need to find a good translator or hire someone who speaks fluent German in order to get past the communication barriers we are facing with our international partners.
  • Communication breakdowns – misunderstandings
    • Knowing the language but not understanding the culture and the meanings behind that language can cause some severe communication breakdowns that can lead to real disputes in meetings.
    • We are having some real communication breakdowns because the employee job descriptions are not clearly outlined.
  • Point-scoring – when there is competition between colleagues for attention, a new job, recognition, etc.
    • I’m so annoyed with Janet and Dave continuously trying to point-score with the boss during the meeting. I don’t know why they can’t share the success of their work.
  • Pulling rank – when someone uses their status to get what they want
    • Although most of us voted to move the deadline back a week, the boss pulled-rank and said that we needed to maintain the original date.
  • Time wasting – causing someone to spend time doing something that is unnecessary or does not produce any benefit.
    • Reviewing information in a meeting that could be given in an email is a time wasting method of information sharing.

Vocab Rehab: Collocations with money

Vocab Rehab – Collocations with money

Vocab Rehab: Collocations with money

#Collocations are words that go together in a certain language. All of the words above collocate with the word money. Let’s take a look at their meanings.

  • to fork out money – To unwillingly pay an amount of money.
    • Fork out some money for the drinks!
  • to sink money into – to spend or invest a large amount of money on something.
    • She sank all her money into that new car.
  • to extort money – to obtain money for force or threat
    • The gang has been found guilty of extorting money from the local shops.
  • to funnel money – to send money directly and intentionally to someone or some place.
    • The Managing Director funneled money from the business to his closest friends.
  • to hoard money – to collect large amounts of money and keep it for yourself.
    • It was quite common for WWII victims to hoard money at home since a lot of their money was taken from them unwillingly during the war.
  • to squander money – to waste a large amount of money
    • Betting on games is the quickest way to squander your money, especially if you do not know how it works.
  • to shell out money – to pay money for something, especially when it is unexpected or not wanted.
    • The government shelled out money for vaccines that can not be used.
  • to siphon off – to dishonestly take money from someone or something.
    • She lost her job when they found out she was siphoning money from the community resources.
  • to pay out money – to pay a lot of money to someone
    • The company was forced to pay out money to the client because they didn’t want to go to court.
  • to withdraw money – to take money out
    • I will withdraw the money from the cash machine later this afternoon so I have cash for the dinner.