Spanish word of the day: ‘Cartón’

Spanish word of the day: 'Cartón'
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This everyday word means cardboard but it is also necessary vocab when it comes to Bingo.


When recycling you will see a blue container with papel and cartón. The word also refers to a bingo card and milk or eggs cartons:

  • Procura doblar o cortar bien los papeles y cartones antes de depositarlos en el contenedor.

         Try to fold or cut paper and cardboard well before depositing them in the container.


  • ¡Compra dos cartones de leche para el postre!

         Buy two cartons of milk for dessert!


If you are talking about a Bingo ticket:

  • Cuando le tocó el Bingo yo ni siquiera había marcado un número en mi cartón.

        When he shouted “Bingo!” I still hadn't marked any number on my card.


In a Shakira song there is a part where Alejandro Sanz says: “Yo sé que no he sido un santo; Es que no estoy hecho de cartón”. Can you guess the meaning by listening the whole song?



Check out our other word of the day posts

This language article 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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