Last week was Semana Santa... or Holy Week. That is the most "sacred" of Christian holidays. It's kind of a big deal here in southern Spain. In this episode of the more than English podcast, I will tell you about my experience here during Semana Santa as well as teach you 15 USEFUL and NATURAL expressions to really increase your fluency.
VOCABULARY and EXPRESSIONS include:
The most adj of nouns – A bit more formal way of using superlatives.
“The most religious of Christian holidays.”
to mark something – to make a reminder so you remember something
“Easter Sunday is to mark his resurrection.”
To go all out – to put all of your energy into something. To do it 100%
“Here in Southern Spain, they really go all out.”
Ritualistic (adj) – something that is done by ritual the same way every time
“It’s kind of ritualistic or traditional.”
And, I’ll tell ya… – (Fluency builder) before you say something strong, important, or surprising
“This is probably my fourth Semana Santa here in Seville, and I’ll tell ya, it’s the first one that I’m actually… observing it to observe what they do, and it’s pretty interesting.”
Processions – The marches in remembrance of something (Funeral Processions)
In concordance with… –Something that parallels something else.
“The days of each paso goes in concordance with the days of Jesus’ life.”
Blocked off – (phrasal verb) To stop people from going somewhere or doing something
“Streets are completely blocked off.”
Undertones – Subtle /suh-dl/ messages
“With the religious undertones… it just wasn’t something I was interested in.”
Turn somebody off – To cause somebody to lose interest in something
“Something else that turned me off in the beginning was the outfits.”
Come on – (Fluency builder) Emphasizes that you’re going to give your opinion.
“Because, come on, Spanish people had this outfit before the KKK.”
Big business – “There is a lot of big business going on during this week.”
Those times have passed – You don’t do something anymore that you used to do
“I used to be religious, but those times have passed”
It leaves a bad taste in my mouth – Something that has given you a bad experience
Pivotal (adj) – Something that causes a drastic change in your life
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