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  1. worldalpacablog
    February 18, 2013 @ 10:30 am

    Alpaca is Alpaca, but only because they don’t really know what they are. Llama is llama too!

  2. john b
    February 18, 2013 @ 10:40 am

    Mariposa butterfly, Libelula dragonfly. Vespa wasp.

  3. Elle
    February 18, 2013 @ 10:43 am

    Thanks for that – I shall pop them in the list anyway xx

  4. Elle
    February 18, 2013 @ 10:46 am

    Cheers John! Now added. I should have had mariposa anyway, as I use that as a greeting so often :D x

  5. Kaley
    March 7, 2013 @ 3:33 pm

    A word for puppy is cachorro, no?

  6. Elle Draper
    March 7, 2013 @ 4:34 pm

    Absolutely right!! I can’t believe I forgot to add that in.
    Thanks Kaley… have amended it now.
    Elle x

  7. Mo
    March 7, 2013 @ 7:00 pm

    Wasp is avispa, folks! And it´s el águila because of the stressed “a” even though the gender is female, so, las águilas bonitas. Sorry to be such a snob …

  8. Elle Draper
    March 7, 2013 @ 7:21 pm

    Damn those Spanish exceptions!! Is that always the case with a stressed vowel at the start of a word?

    Thanks again Mo xxx

  9. Mo
    March 7, 2013 @ 7:23 pm

    Here I am again, the Grammatator! Can´t remember if it´s always that way (been out of a classroom for too long) but yes, a buncha them exist! It´s to avoid saying la -a.

  10. Elle Draper
    March 7, 2013 @ 7:50 pm

    Ah – that makes sense – thanks for the tip love! xxx

  11. Brian McLean
    August 4, 2013 @ 4:56 pm

    John B used “vespa” which is wasp in Catalan, as somebody pointed out it’s “avispa” in Castlilian.

    Dragonflies: there are two main types; those that when resting fold their wings vertically and those that keep them unfolded horizontally. In Catalan the latter are also libel·lules (please note that there ARE two “els” and they ARE separated with what is known as the “Catalan-middle-dot the letter itslef is called the “ela geminada”); but the former have the rather neat name of “espiadimonis” (demon spotters).

  12. Ginny
    February 28, 2014 @ 8:28 pm

    Didn’t see FISH which is pez when alive and pescado when we eat it. Also may want to make note of other changes when we eat them–such as cochinillo (suckling pig).. Also, didn’t see DEER (venado I believe) or WOLF – lobo.

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