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Getting words mixed up, help?

Hi! I am sure I can't be the only one who has this problem. Some words I just can NOT remember which are which. My biggest problem is washer vs dryer, lavadora vs secadora. I don't think I'll ever be able to remember which is which. Does anyone have any tips on remembering which words are which?

10 months ago

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Look for their roots.

The verb lavar = to wash. So lavadora is washer. (washing mashine) You can think of the English word lavatory.

secar= to dry, secadora = dryer. and seco/seca in an adjective meaning dry. Here I imagine a bottle of dry wine, with (French) sec or (Spanish) seco written on it.

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kiyomice

Thank you so much for your help!

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike
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'Secar' is also ultimately from Latin 'siccus' ('dry'), from which we get words like 'desiccate', 'desiccant', etc.

10 months ago

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Perhaps you can look for decks on Tinycards that train your vocabulary. I think Tinycards is more suitable for learning hard to remember vocabulary.

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kiyomice

Not a bad idea!

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rooseveltnut1

I can't get "tinycards" to come up?!?! How do I find them?

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mateo218379

When doing your laundry, you dry your close "sec"ond.

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kiyomice

This is probably the easiest to remember tip so far, so thank you!

10 months ago

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vino blanco seco= dry white wine secar= to dry secadora= dryer

lavar= to wash lavadora= washer; washing machine

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kiyomice

Thank you for the tip :)

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rooseveltnut1

There is a bar soap named LAVA. Just try to remember LAVa = "wash."

9 months ago
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