Good morning. I have just a few links this week including one that’s related to the Basque Country in a less direct way and another that’s not related at all, but about another topic I love: reading. Take a look: Continue reading “Little Links”
Word of the Week: bakardade
Bakardade: solitude; isolation / soledad; aislamiento
Does mid-winter make you long for some alone time, too? Time to think, daydream, recharge, or just be? Bakardade means “solitude”, but in certain contexts it can lean more towards meaning “isolation”, which for some might have a slightly negative connotation. A synonym is bakartasun.
Word of the Week: irakurri
irakurri: to read / leer
This is one of my favorite words and favorite activities. What better way to spend a few hours of a rainy February day than with a good book? Really, what better way to spend some time every day? It’s exercise for your brain and also a great way to relax.
Word of the Week: bihotz
bihotz: heart / corazón
Voted one of the most beautiful words in Euskara in a 2010 survey by Eusko Ikaskuntza, it can also be a girl’s name. It’s the organ associated with emotions, especially love, and also with character (having a good heart).
There are many sayings in Basque with this word and one I like is bihotza eta begiak beti gazte. Translated literally it means “The heart and eyes always young.” An equivalent in English could be “the heart never grows old.” (source) It’s a lovely thought and I hope is true for me in the future.
Word of the Week: maitasun
maitasun: love / amor
Yes, it’s February, so I’m going with a word associated with this month’s holiday. Maitasuna is the love you feel, while maitea is what you would call your loved one to say “love”, “dear”, “darling”. Is it just me, or do lots of the words that end in -tasun sound lovely?