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Spanish Word of the Day: Fuego

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Spanish Word of the Day: Fuego
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Summer in Spain is the time for blazing barbecues and scorching weather, so let's review all the uses of the Spanish word for fire.

Fuego is a commonly used word you'll need to talk about gunfire, fireworks and even a lighter, so make sure you get it right.  

-        El fuego destruyó más de 5 hectáreas de bosque.

               The fire destroyed more than 5 hectares of forest.

-        El fuego de la vela se consume lentamente.

               The candle's flame goes out very slowly.

-        "¡Alto el fuego! Gritaron los militares"

"Stop firing!", the military shouted.

-        ¿Tienes fuego?

-        Do you have a light?

Other uses for fuego:

-        Los fuegos artificiales son muy comunes en las celebraciones en todo el mundo.

               Fireworks are very common in celebrations around the world.

-        La caldereta de ternera se debe cocinar a fuego lento.

The stew soup must be slow cooked.

-        Necesitas una licencia para tener un arma de fuego.

               You need a license to own a firearm.

We finish with a stunning poem by Uruguayan journalist, writer and poet Eduardo Galean


Cada persona brilla con luz propia
entre todas las demás.
No hay dos fuegos iguales.
Hay fuegos grandes y fuegos chicos
y fuegos de todos los colores.
Hay gente de fuego sereno, que ni se entera del viento,
y hay gente de fuego loco, que llena el aire de chispas.
Algunos fuegos, fuegos bobos,
no alumbran ni queman;
pero arden la vida con tantas ganas
que no se puede mirarlos sin parpadear,
y quien se acerca, se enciende.

Pronunciation: Fue-go

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