Spanish Word of the Day: 'Madrugar'

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Spanish Word of the Day: 'Madrugar'
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Most of us will 'madrugar' five times a week and it's definitely not people's favourite thing to do.


The Spanish use this verb to talk about getting up early or arriving early. They perfectly sum it up in just one verb!

  • Mañana tengo que madrugar: mi jornada de trabajo empieza a las siete.

       Tomorrow I have to get up early: my shift starts at seven.


  • Odio madrugar los lunes

     I hate getting up early on Mondays!


This example is less common:

  • Las fotos de la prensa madrugaron esta semana.

      The press photos arrived early this week.


And let's finish with a phrase using our Word of the Day in Spanish,  

  • No por mucho madrugar amanece más temprano.

       A watched pot never boils/ wishing won't make it happen.



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