Ben's Cards

  • a gusto — comfortably
  • acarrear — lead to, give rise to / carry, transport, haul
  • acaserarse — to become attached, to become a regular customer of, to settle down/stay at home
  • acongojar — to wring, distress
  • acuclillarse — to squat, to squat down
  • adolorido — sorrowful
  • agachar — to lower, to crouch down
  • aguacera — downpour
  • Aguantar — To endure
  • agujeros — hole
  • alabar — to praise
  • alba — dawn
  • alcance — reach
  • aliviarse — to alleviate, to ease, to make feel better
  • alumbrar — to light, illuminate
  • amansador — tamer (eg of wild horses)
  • amansar — to break in, to tame
  • amarrada — stingy, tight-fisted
  • amodorrarse — to feel sleepy, drowsy
  • amontonadero — piles
  • apearse — to get off, dismount
  • apenas — barely, hardly
  • apretar — To tighten, squeeze
  • apurarse — to finish, to hurry
  • arado — plow
  • arder — to burn, to boil
  • arenoso — sandy
  • arrastrarse — to crawl
  • arrear — to spur on, urge
  • arrendar — to rent, lease
  • arrepentir — to repent, to be sorry
  • arrimarse — to bring closer
  • arriscar — to wrinkle, crumple, crease
  • arroyo — stream
  • arruga — crease, wrinkle
  • asomarse — to look, to show
  • asunto — matter, issue
  • atajar — to tackle, to take a short cut
  • atinar — hit upon, come up with, succeed
  • atraer — to attract
  • averiguar — to find out, to quarrel
  • avispa — wasp
  • azadón — tool/hoe
  • azorar — to embarrass, to distract
  • bambolearse — to swing, to sway
  • barranca — ravine
  • bastimento — provision/ food
  • borbotones — heavy boil
  • borrar — to erase, delete
  • borregos — sheep, lamb
  • bostezara — to yawn
  • brava — threat, intimidation, fight
  • brincar — to jump
  • brinco — jump
  • brotar — to sprout, arise, appear
  • buche — mouthful
  • bultos — lumps
  • callejón — alley, narrow street
  • campanada — chime
  • cantera — quarry
  • castigar — to punish
  • cerros — hills
  • chamuscar — to scorch, to singe
  • chapulines — grasshoppers
  • charcos — puddle
  • chiflar — to hiss, to whistle
  • chorros — stream
  • colgado — hanging
  • comal — tortilla hot plate thing
  • correas — step
  • costillas — ribs
  • costra — scrub
  • cuero — leather, hide
  • cuervos — raven, crow
  • culebrear — to wriggle along, zig zag
  • curtir — to tan
  • delito — crime, offense
  • derrumbadero — collapsing
  • derrumbando — demolish
  • derrumbar — to demolish, tear down, overthrow, overturn
  • desahijar — to wean
  • desatar — to untie, undo
  • desavenencias — disagreement
  • descerrajar — to fire, to let off, to force
  • descolgarse — to lower onself
  • descomponer — to break down (into parts), to split up
  • desembocar — lead, fall into
  • desesperar — to despair
  • deshacer — to undo, take apart, come undone
  • deshinchar — to deflate, to let down
  • deslavada — faded
  • desperdigando — scatter, disperse
  • desquitarse — to get even, to get one's own back
  • destilar — to distill
  • desvanecerse — to clear, to faint
  • desvelar — to keep awake
  • desventuradamente — unfortunately
  • disimular — to hide, to conceal
  • disparar — to shoot, fire
  • embaucador — swindler, trickster, cheat
  • embustero — lying, deceitful
  • empobrecido — to make poor
  • emponzoñar — to poison
  • emprender — to embark on, set out
  • en cuero(s) — naked
  • encajar — to fit (in something)
  • encandilar — to dazzle, to stir up/arouse
  • encima — above, on top of
  • endurecido — harden
  • enhilar — to thread, to arrange/put in order
  • enjuagar — to rinse, to swill out
  • enrollar — to roll up, coil up
  • enroscadas — coiled
  • enterrarse — to bury, or to cut oneself off (from the world)
  • entreverar — mix, mingle, combine
  • equivocación — a mistake
  • escarbar — To scratch
  • escupitajos — gob, gob of spit
  • espantar — To frighten, scare
  • espesa — thick
  • estira — to stretch or crane
  • estiraran — to stretch or crane
  • exprimir — to squeeze
  • faldas — hillside, skirt
  • faldear — to skirt
  • filosas — sharp
  • flojera — weakness, idleness
  • flojo — loose, lax
  • gabán — overcoat
  • golondrina — swallow (bird)
  • graznar — to caw, to croak
  • hebras — hair, threads
  • hincarse — to kneel
  • hueco — hole
  • huele — to smell
  • jeta — nerve
  • jolgorio — fun, revelry, enjoyment
  • ladrar — to bark
  • latifundio — a large estate, common in Mexico pre-WWI
  • lechuza — owl
  • lienzo — canvas (art), piece of cloth
  • llano — plain
  • Llanto — Crying
  • lomas — hill
  • lumbre — fire
  • maniobrar — maneuver, manipulate
  • maraña — tangle
  • marchitar — to wither, dry up
  • mediados — mid
  • mercar — to buy
  • meterse — To Get in, to go in
  • mugido — bellow, moo
  • nazca — to be born
  • ni siquera — not even
  • nomás — just
  • nube negra — black cloud
  • ombligo — belly button
  • orillas — bank, river bank, side
  • parchar — to repair, to patch
  • parvadas — flock
  • pecar — To sin
  • pecho — chest
  • pellejo — skin
  • pepenar — to pick up, to scavenge
  • perdigadas — scatter
  • peregrinación — pilgrimage
  • perjuicios — harm, damage
  • pico — beak
  • podrido — rotten
  • potrillos — foal
  • provocador — trouble maker, agitator
  • provocar — to stir up, be provocative
  • pulsear — to wrestle
  • puñito — ...a handful
  • quedito — very softly, very quietly
  • quemazón — burning, stinging
  • rajada — cowardly act
  • rajadura — crack
  • ralo — sparse, bare, thin
  • rebozo — long scarf covering head and shoulders
  • recodo — bend
  • relumbrar — to shine brightly
  • remolinar — whirl, swirl
  • remolinos — eddy, whirl
  • remordimiento — remorse
  • rendido — exhausted
  • reparto — distribution, hand outs
  • repasar — to review, revise
  • resagadas — behind, straggle
  • resbalar — to slip
  • resecan — to dry out
  • resollar — to breathe heavily, to puff
  • resuello — breath
  • retirar — to remove, take away
  • retoña — to sprout, to shoot
  • reventar — to burst, to pop, to split
  • revolcarse — to wallow, thrash about, twist
  • rezar — to pray
  • riego — irrigation
  • robotar — to bounce, to ricochet
  • rocio — dew
  • roncar — to snore
  • rueda — wheel
  • rumbo — direction, course
  • sábana — sheet
  • sacudir — to shake
  • salpicar — to splash, splatter
  • sembrar — to plant, to sow
  • sepultar — to bury
  • sepultura — Grave
  • sobrar — to have left over
  • soga — rope
  • soltar — let loose, let free
  • soplar — to blow
  • sordo — deaf
  • sosiego — calm, peace
  • Squirrel — 🐿
  • sujetar — hold, grab, fasten, clip
  • surco — Groove, furrow
  • tapar — to put the lid on, cover
  • tejado — roof
  • temporal — storm
  • tentar — to tempt
  • tepetate — limestone
  • terciada — tilt, to take part
  • terregal — loose topsoil
  • terrón — Clod
  • torcer — to twist, to turn
  • trechos — stretch (as in, a stretch of land), distance
  • tronar — thunder, boom
  • tronco — trunk, log
  • tuerto — one-eyed
  • tumbar — to knock down, to fell
  • tumbarse — to lie down
  • tupido — dense
  • una plasta — a lump
  • vegas — meadow
  • veintitantos — twenty-odd
  • ventarrones — strong wind
  • yemas — yolk or fingertip
  • yuntas — yoke