Wordy Wednesday: Jubilación.

So I´ve decided to try to create a little feature post that I hope to write every second week or so. It´s called Wordy Wednesday, from which you will have undoubtedly deduced that I will post these on Wednesdays and that the posts will deal with words. I plan on writing some brief tales about vocabulary and grammar, the differences between English and Spanish, and my experiences learning Spanish in Spain.

This week my word of choice is jubilación.

English and Spanish share roots to more vocabulary than you might think. Often when a word in English ends in the suffix `-ion´ there will be a similar word in Spanish with the suffix `ción´. For example, nation/nación, ambition/ambición, creation/creación and so on.

So, looking at the word jubilación you wouldn´t be silly to assume that the English translation was jubilation. Dear reader, welcome to the language student´s world of false friends/falsos amigos!

Jubilación means retirement.

I find this highly amusing as it leads me to conclude that perhaps this isn´t a case of false friends after all… If a Spanish-speaker were to incorrectly assume that the English word for retirement was jubilation, would they really be wrong?


PS: If you do want to say jubilation in Spanish, the word is júbilo.


Filed under Wordy Wednesday

7 responses to “Wordy Wednesday: Jubilación.

  1. Sharon Cadman

    I like my jubilacion!!!! lol

  2. Kylekazz

    The more I know 🙂 xxx

  3. Beryl

    Love it! My jubilo is in my jubilacion!

  4. Doug

    Although my jubilacion was suspended last week (6am to 10pm on estimates committees) I still have lotsa time for the ‘finer things of life’. There’s plenty of fine Spanish wine for you to taste, and I’d like some tasting notes! So maybe you should get yourself off to a bodega and check out el vino!!
    My brother and sister in law spent four days in Barcelona a few weeks ago and really liked it, although it was a ‘little cold’. I spent a little time there in 1973. Either I drank too much at the time or what I’ve drunk since has killed enough brain cells so I can’t remember any of it. Enjoy

  5. Bronny

    Jubilacion… bring it on!!!xx

  6. HAC

    How timely! I’m heading to my first Super SA pre-jubilacion seminar tonight. Mind you, I doubt I’ll be too jubilant with what I hear!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s