Today, I want to cover two things in my blog post:
1.Spanish vocabulary for “ir al gimnasio” or “going to the gym.”
2. How to indicate that an action or outcome was involuntary or accidental using “se.”
From this blog post, you can expect to learn the following Spanish words:
1. How to say dumbbells in Spanish
2. How to say cufflink in Spanish
3. How to say twins in Spanish
How To Say Dumbbells In Spanish
Here’s a very helpful Spanish word to know. Last night, I went to the gym and while I was there I noticed that I used this Spanish word TWO TIMES:
Mancuerna — dumbbell
Me gusta levantar las mancuernas.
I like to lift the dumbbells.
You could of course just use the word “pesas” (weights) instead of “mancuernas.”
How To Say Cufflink In Spanish
You may find it interesting to know that “mancuerna” not only means dumbbell. “Mancuerna” also means “cufflink.”
And when saying the Spanish word for cufflink, besides “mancuerna” you can also say “gemelos” — “gemelos” literally means “twins.”
How To indicate that an Action or Outcome was Involuntary or Accidental In Spanish
Let’s now talk about how to indicate that an action or outcome was involuntary or accidental using “se.” Let me give you an example:
“Yo rayé el disco” means “I scratched the disk” as in “I scratched the CD disk, DVD disk, etc.”
But if I were to simply say “yo rayé el disco” it may not be clear to the listener if I scratched the disk by accident or on purpose. That’s why Spanish uses “se” with an indirect object pronoun and a verb to express that an action or outcome was involuntary or even accidental. For example:
Se me rayó el disco.
I scratched the disk (by accident).
The closest thing to this that we have in English that I can think of is to say a phrase such as “The disk got scratched.” I may not win an award with English teachers with that phrase but I think it helps illustrate my point.