Spanish Word Of The Week: Descanso

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So learning our word of the week is the perfect think to do today!

Our word of the week is “descanso“!

This word comes from “descansar“, made by the prefix des- and “cansar“, which means “to tire”.

In Spanish “descanso” is a noun and means “rest” or “break”, however it also has another meaning: “relief”.

So we can use it in different contexts and in a number of expressions, for example:

tomar un descanso –> to take a rest

mi día de descanso –> my day off

sin descanso –> tirelessly, without rest

merecido descanso –> well-deserved rest

As it’s a very common word, you will find it really often!

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So let’s see some more examples!

SpanishEnglish
Estoy agotado. ¿Podemos tomarnos un descanso?I’m exhausted. Can we take a rest?
Fue un descanso cuando por fin supimos que estaba bien.It was a relief when finally we found out that he was ok.
Hemos tenido el descanso previsto durante mucho tiempo.We have had the break planned for a long time.

 

Following these examples, try to make some sentences: use it with the different meanings mentioned above and see how it goes!

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