Spanish Word of the Day: 'Espabilar'

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The Local - [email protected] • 31 Aug, 2020 Updated Mon 31 Aug 2020 15:00 CEST
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This is the word you need to use if it's coffee that gets you going in the morning!


The word means to wake up, pay attention, or be more alert! There are lots of different ways to use it do let's get to it and see some examples.


  • El café me espabila por las mañanas.

       Coffee wakes me up in the mornings


It can also mean to be more alert:


  • Espabila o te quedarás sin sitio en la mesa.

       Watch out or you'll have nowhere to sit at the table.


  • Tuve que tomarme una bebida energética para poder espabilar y estudiar.

       I had to take an energy drink to be able to wake up and study


It also means to get a move on:


  • ¡Espabila, que llegamos tarde!

        Hurry up, we are going to be late





Check out our other word of the day posts

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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The Local 2020/08/31 15:00

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