Spanish Word of the Day: 'Viento'

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Spanish Word of the Day: 'Viento'

This is a word essential to know as the weather turns colder. But it also has uses to describe other things.



As the days are getting colder here in Spain, viento is a word you will come across more often as it means wind.

It also means 'rope' in relations to chords (cuerda) that are used to tie things down (on a tent for example).


  • Hace viento

        It's windy

  • Hace más frío por el viento.

       It's colder because of the wind.

  • El viento hizo que el árbol se cayera.

       The wind caused the tree to fall over.


Here are some handy phrases that use the word viento in Spanish that aren't talking about the weather conditions.

  • ¡Vete con viento fresco!

        Good riddance!

  • Contra viento y marea

       Through thick and thin/against all odds

  • Las palabras se las lleva el viento

        Actions speak louder than words




And finally, here is a beautiful poem from Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, which uses the word wind to discussing a man's love for a woman that continues despite the passing of time and in spite of any obstacles.

El viento en la isla by Pablo Neruda

El viento es un caballo: 
óyelo cómo corre 
por el mar, por el cielo. 

Quiere llevarme: escucha 
cómo recorre el mundo 
para llevarme lejos. 

Escóndeme en tus brazos 
por esta noche sola, 
mientras la lluvia rompe 
contra el mar y la tierra 
su boca innumerable. 

Escucha como el viento 
me llama galopando 
para llevarme lejos. 

Con tu frente en mi frente, 
con tu boca en mi boca, 
atados nuestros cuerpos 
al amor que nos quema, 
deja que el viento pase 
sin que pueda llevarme. 

Deja que el viento corra 
coronado de espuma, 
que me llame y me busque 
galopando en la sombra, 
mientras yo, sumergido 
bajo tus grandes ojos, 
por esta noche sola 
descansaré, amor mío

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This word of the day has been contributed by LAE Madrid, the leading Spanish academy in Madrid. Accredited by the Insitituto Cervantes, it offers Spanish courses for all levels and also has Spanish classes for kids and families.

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