Monday, February 6, 2012
I'm sure your Spanish book taught you the word for hand, la mano, and even the word for fingers, dedos de la mano, or simply dedos or deditos. But as always, those pesky Spanish books are focused on grammar, and often leave out some important details.
Any Spanish speaking five year old can look at their hand and ramble off the names of their deditos. Imagine my surprise when after 5+ years of studying Spanish I couldn't do the same.
Let's do a quick run down of los nombres de los dedos, starting with the thumb, dedo pulgar. You can also say dedo gordo. Next we have the índice, or as we call it the index or pointing finger. The middle finger is called dedo medio or corazón. The ring finger is dedo anular and last, but not least we get to the pinky, or little finger, dedo meñique. FYI, you can drop the word dedo and just refer to each finger by it's name: pulgar, índice, etc.
You can do a lot of interesting things with fingers, let's talk about a few of them.
I can't remember the last time I needed to pinky swear, but in case you ever do the phrase you're looking for is promesa de meñique.
There may come a time when you need cruzar los dedos (cross your fingers) or mantener los dedos cruzados (keep your fingers crossed).
This next image is probably the most recognized gesture you can make with your fingers.
In Mexico it's called sacar el dedo or pintar el dedo. Maybe a kind reader can tell us what's it's called in other countries.
Well, that's all you can do with fingers that I'm going to talk about in this blog. I try to keep this blog family friendly, so if you want to read about some not so innocent things you can do with fingers click here.
That's it for today,
¡Hasta la próxima!