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An Erotic Novel



How we lost the right to feel.


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A Literary Love Affair

Glossary

What we don't know about Spanish pronunciation would fill vast libraries. The following resource was prepared by Edgar Michel, who was kind enough to inform us that Spanish has two kinds of accented syllables—hard and soft. Well, you could have knocked us over with a feather. We urge you to try your best to use these tips as best as you can, but we take no responsibility for any misunderstandings you might get yourself into.

Abrelata
ah-bray-LAH-ta
Can opener

Aceite
ah-SAY-tay
Oil (food oil)

Agua
ah-GWAH
Water

Agua mala
ah-GWAH MAH-lah
Stinging ocean fauna (literally, bad water)

Aguardiente
ah-gwahr-dee-EHN-teh
Firewater

Akumal
ah-koo-MAL
Quintana Roo beach town

Albañil
ahl-bah-nyeel
Construction worker, mason

Alborada
ahl-bow-RAH-dah
Dawn

Alfarería
ahl-fah-lah-REE-ah
Pottery store

Altiplano
ahl-tee-PLAH-no
High plateau

Altura
ahl-TOO-rah
Height

Amor
a-mohr
Love

Antillano
an-tee-YAH-noh
Caribbean (as in Antilles)

Antojitos
ahn-toe-HEE-toes
Appetizers

Arq. (Arquitecto)
ahr-kee-TEK-toe
Abbreviation for arquitecto—architect

Arroz
ah-ROHZ
Rice

Aspirina
ah-spee-REE-nah
Aspirin

Atún
ah-toon
Tuna

Ate
ah-TAY
Fruit paste

Azucar
ah-SOO-car
Sugar

Azucenas
ah-soo-SAY-nahs
Lilies, Cancun street

Azul
ah-ZOOL
Blue

Bacalar
bah-kah-LAHR
Lake and town in Quintana Roo

Batabe
bah-TAH-bay
Mayan leader under Spanish rule

Bebidas
beh-BEE-das
Beverages

Belize
beh-LEE-say
Former British Honduras

Blanca
BLAHN-kah
White

Boca
Boh-kah
Mouth

Bohemia
bo-EHM'ya
Bohemia, a brand of Mexican beer

Bolillos
bo-LEE-ohs
Hero-style, white-bread rolls

Bonampak
bo-nahm-pakh
Cancun street, town

Bonita
boh-NEE-tah
Pretty

Boquinete
bo-kee-NEH-tay
Eating fish (hog fish)

Botánica
bo-TAH-nee-kah
Indigenous drugstores

Brujo(a)
broo-ho (hah)
Witch

Caballero
kah-bah-YEAH-row
Gentleman, cavalier

Cabo
kah-bo
Cape

Calamar
kah-lah-MARR
Squid

Calle
kah-yeh
Street

Camino
kah-MEE-noh
Road

Campamentos
kam-pah-men-TOSS
Campgrounds

Caperucito
ka-peh-roo-SEE-toh
Little red riding hood

Caracol
carr-ah-KOL
Snail

Carbon
kar-bohn
Charcoal

Caribe
ka-REE-beh
Caribbean

Carnes Frias
kar-nes free-ahs
Cold cuts

Casa
KAH-sah
House

Caudillo
kah-oo-DEE-yoh
Leader, hero

Cebiche
seh-BEE-che
Diced fish marinated in lemon

Cedro
SEH-droh
Cedar

Cejas
SEH-hass
Eyebrows

Centro
SEN-troh
Center, downtown

Cerveza
cer-VEH-sah
Beer

Chabacano
chah-bah-KAH-noh
The apricot

Chac-Mool
chac-MOL
The rain god

Chakistes
cha-KISS-tess
Gnats

Champignones
cham-pee-GNO-ness
Mushrooms

Chaya
CHA-yah
Spinach-like vegetable

Chichén-Itzá
chee-chen-it-zah
Cancun street, town

Chico
chee-koh
Small, little boy

Chihuahua
chi-hwah-hwah
State

Chilam Balam
chee-LAM bah-LAM
One of the Mayan sacred books

Chiles en Escabeche
chee-less en es-kah-BEH-che
Pickled chiles

Chiquita
chee-KEE-tah
Little (feminine)

Cholula
choh-LOO-lah
Town in the state of Puebla

Chuletas
choo-LEH-taz
Chops

Cilantro
see-LAN-troh
Coriander

Circotes
seer-COH-tess
A plum-like fruit

Claveles
clah-BEH-less
Carnations

Coatepec
co-ah-teh-PEK
City in the state of Veracruz

Coatl
coh-ATL
Nahuatl word for Snake, also Twin or Brother

Cobá
koe-bah
Cancun street, town

Cocinas Económicas
coh-SEE-nass eh-coh-NOH-mee-k
Budget Kitchens

Colada
coh-LAH-da
Strained

Colima
coh-LEE-mah
State name

Colonos
coh-LOH-noss
Pioneers

Comida corrida
coh-MEE-dah coh-RREE-dah
Fixed price meal

Con trocitos
con troh-CEE-tohs
Chunky (as in peanut butter)

Condesa
con-DEH-sa
Countess

Condimentos
con-dee-MEN-toss
Flavorings

Correos
coh-RREH-oz
Post office

Costeña
coss-TEH-gna
Woman from the coast

Crema acidificada
KREH-ma ah-cih-dih-fih-CAH-da
Sour cream

Cacahuate
kah-kah-hwah-tay
Peanut

Cremosa
kreh-MOH-sah
Creamy

Crucero
kru-SEH-roh
Crossing

Cruz Roja
kroos ROH-ha
Red Cross

Cruzob
kroo-ZHOB
People of the cross

Cuate
coo-AH-teh
Buddy

Cuchara
koo-CHAH-rah
Spoon

Cuchillo
koo-CHEE-yoh
Knife

Cuenca
koo-EN-kah
River basin

Cumbre
koom-breh,
The summit, the top

Curandero
koo-ran-DEH-ro
Healer

Delegado
Deh-leh-gah-do
Local official

Delicia
deh-lee-see-ah, Delicacy
Dulces
dool-SEHS
Candy

Durazno
du-RAHS-no
Peach

Ehecoatl
e-heh-CO-atl
Mayan wind god

Ejidos
eh-HEE-doss
Government-sponsored cooperatives

Elote
eh-LOH-tay
Sweet corn

Empañadas
em-pah-GNA-dass
Breaded

Enchilados
en-chee-LAH-doss
In chile

Encomienda
en-koh-MEE-EN-dah
Royal land grant

Entero
en-TEH-roh
Whole

Especias
s-peh-see-ahs
Spices

Estragón
es-trah-gonn
Tarragon

Farmacia
far-mah-see-ah
Pharmacy

Faro
FAH-roh
Lighthouse

Filete de lomo
fee-LEH-teh deh loh-moh
Tenderloin

Fileteado
fee-leh-TEEA-doh
Boned, as in meat or fish

Fileteado en trozo
en TROH-soh
In a single piece

Finca
FEEN-kah
Farm

Flor
flor
Flower

Fonda
FON-dah
Inn, restaurant

Fracción
frac-xee-ON
Fraction

Fragata
frah-GAH-tah
Frigate

Fresa
FREH-sa
Strawberry, snob

Frijoles
free-HO-lehs
Beans

Fruterías
froo-teh-REE-az
Fruit stores, stands

Galletas
gah-YEH-tas
Cookies

Gansitos
gan-SEE-toss
Goslings

Giro
hee-ROH
Money order

Globo
GLOH-boh
Balloon

Golosinas
go-lo-SEE-nahs
Sweets, dainties

graciosa
grah-see-o-za
Funny (can mean gracious, depending on the context)

Gramos
GRAH-mos
Grams

Granos
GRA-noss
Grains, also coffee beans

Gringo
GREEN-go
Foreigner, especially American

Grito
GREE-toh
Yell

Guacamole
goo-ah-kah-MOH-leh
Avocado paste

Guayaba
gwah-YAH-ba
Guava

Habaneros
a-bah-NEH-ros
Very hot chile peppers

Habichuela
ah-bee-CHOO-eh-la
Stringbean

Helados
eh-LAH-dos
Ice cream

Henequén
eh-neh-KEN
Sisal hemp

Higado
EE-ga-doh
Liver

Horchata
orr-CHAH-tah
Drink made from rice starch, water and flavoring.

Huaraches
wa-rah-CHESS
Sandals

Huipil
oo-ee-PEEL
Woman's garment

Ing. (Ingeniero)
een-heh-NWYEH-roh
Engineer

Jalapeños
ha-la-PEHN-yos
Hot green chile peppers

Jamón
hah-MOHN
Ham

Japonesa
hah-poh-NEH-sah
Japanese

Jarocha
ha-ROH-cha
Person from Veracruz

Jugo
HOO-go
Juice

Langosta
lan-GOSS-tah
Beach

Lavandería
la-ban-deh-REE-ah
Laundromat

León
lay-OHN
Lion

Leche
LEH-chay
Milk

Lechería
leh-cheh-REE-ah
Dairy products

Libramiento
lee-brah-mee-n-TOH
Avenue, freeway

Licuadora
lee-kwa-DO-rah
Blender

Liebre
lee-EH-breh
Hare

Limonada
lee-mon-AH-dah
Lemonade

Limpiarlo
leem-pee-ARR-loh
Clean it

Lista de Correos
lees-TAH deh coh-RREH-oz
Mail list

Locura
loh-KOO-rah
Crazyness

Lomo de puerco
LOH-moh deh poo-ERR-koh
Loin of pork

Médica
MEH-dee-kah
Doctor, hospital

Mérida
meh-ree-dah
Capital of the state of Yucatan

Mañana
ma-GNA-na
Tomorrow

Macho
MAH-choh
Male

Maguey
ma-GEH-ee
Plant of succulent family

Mamey
mam-HEY
Fruit

Mandarina
mahn-dah-REE-na
Tangerine

Mango
MAN-go
Fruit

Mantequilla de Vaca
mahn-tay-KEE-yah deh VAH-kah
Butter

Manzana
man-ZAH-nah
Apple

Manzanillo
man-zah-NEE-yoh
City in Colima

Mayonesa
ma-yo-NEH-zsa
Mayonnaise

Mercado
mehr-CAH-do
Market
Mermelada
mehr-may-LAH-da
Jam

Mestizo
mess-TEE-sow
Racially mixed

Mezcal
mess-CALL
Alcoholic drink

Miel
myehl
Syrup

Miel de abejas
myehl deh ah-BEH-hass
Honey

Milanesa
mee-lan-EH-sah
Veal

Mitad
MEE-tad
Half

Moctezuma
moc-teh-ZOO-mah
Aztec Emperor

Molido
moh-LEE-do
Ground

Morelia
moh-REH-lee-ah
State

Mostaza
moss-TAH-zsa
Mustard

Nahuatl
na-wat-l
Indian language

Naranja
na-RAHN-ha
Orange

Necesito
neh-seh-SEE-toh
I need

Negro(a)
NEH-gro(a)
Black

Ni modo
nee MOH-do
Whatever

Nido
NEE-doe
Nest

Nopal
no-PALL
Cactus

Norte
NORR-teh
North

Novedades
noh-beh-DAH-dess
News

Novena
noh-BEH-nah
Ninth

Nueces
noo-EH-ces
Nuts

Nueva
noo-EH-bah
New

Oaxaca
oh-ah-HACK-ah
State

Oaxaqueña
oh-ah-ha-KE-gna
Oaxacan person

Pabellon
pah-bee-LONN
Mosquito netting

Palacio Municipal
pah-LAH-cioh muh-nee-see-pall
City Hall

Palancar
pah-lan-KARR
Reef

Palapa
pah-LAH-pah
Thatch

Paletas
pah-LEH-taz
Ice cream bars

Pan
pahn
Bread

Pan Integral
pahn enn-teh-GRALL
Whole wheat bread

Papas fritas
pah-pass FREE-taz
Potato chips

Papaya
pah-PAH-yah
Papaya

Papel amate
pah-PELL a-MAH-teh
Fig-bark papyrus

Parada
pah-RAH-dah
Stop

Parrilla
pah-RREE-yah
Grill

Paseo
pah-SEH-oh
Avenue

Pastel
pass-TEL
Cake

Pastelitos
pah-steh-LEE-tohs
Cupcakes

Pechuga
peh-choo-ga Chicken breasts

Pelicano
peh-LEE-kah-no
Pelican

Perico
peh-REEH-ko
Parrot

Perla
PERR-la
Pearl

Pimienta
pee-mee-YEHN-tah
Pepper

Pinguinos
peen-WEE-noss
Penguins

Playa
plah-yah
Beach

Policia
poh-lee-see-ah
Police

Pollos
poh-yoss
Chicken

Polvo
poll-boh
Dust, Powder

Posada
poh-sah-dah
Inn

Queso
KEH-soh
Cheese

Quetzal
ket-ZAL
Bird name

Quetzalcoatl
ket-zal-KOH-atl
The planet Venus, an Aztec deity

Quincena
kenn-SEH-nah
Fortnight, payday

Quinientos
keen-NWYEN-toss
500

Quintana Roo
keen-TAH-nah rroh
State

Rajas
RAH-hass
Chile pepper slices

Real
reh-al
Royal

Refrescos
reh-FRES-koss
Soda pop

Refrigerador
re-free-he-rah-DOHR
Refrigerator

Refritos
reh-FREE-tohs
Refried beans

Rio Hondo
REE-oh ON-doh
Deep river

Romero
roh-MEH-roh
Basil

Rosticería
ross-tee-seh-REE-ah
Rotisserie

Rey
rei
King

Sal
sahl
Salt

Salada
sah-LAH-dah
Salted

Salbutes
sall-BOOH-tess
Fried corn dumplings with beans

Salchichonería
sahl-chi-cho-neh-ree-yah
Cold cuts store

Salsa
SALL-zsa
Sauce

Salsa Verde
sall-za berr-deh
Mild, green chile sauce

Sandia
san-dee-ah
Watermelon

Saramullo
sa-rah-MOO-yo
Fruit

Semana Santa
seh-MAH-nah san-tah
Holy week (Easter)

Sierra
see-eh-rrah
Peaks, saw

Sitio
SEE-tee-oh
Taxi stand

Sopes
SOH-pess
Fried corn dumplings

Sunyaxchén
zoon-jax-chen
Cancun street, town

Supermanzanas
zoo-perr man-ZAH-nass
Neighborhoods

Supermercado
zoo-perr merr-KAH-do
Supermarket

Tábano
tah-bah-no
Large yellow biting fly

Típico
tee-pee-koh
Typical

Tampiqueña
tam-pee-KEH-gna
From Tampico

Tankah
tan-kah
Cancun street, town

Tenedor
teh-neh-DOHR
Fork

Ternero
ter-neh-roh
Young one, tender

Tezcatlipoca
tess-kah-tlee-POH-kah
The planet Mars, an Aztec deity

Tia
tee-ah
Aunt

Tikin-xic
tee-keen-shick
Local fish dish

Tila
TEE-lah
Herbal tea

Tilma
TEAL-mah
Male garment

Tlaloc
tlah-lock
Rain god

Tomillo
toh-MEE-yo
Thyme

Torta
TORR-ta
Sandwich

Tortuga
torr-TOO-gas
Turtle

Tos
toss
Cough

Tostaditas
toss-tah-DEE-taz
Fried corn tortilla chips

Tostado
toss-TAH-do
Toasted

Transito
tran-see-toh
Traffic police or department

Tres cientos
trehs see-n-toss
300

Trompo
TROM-poh
Top (as in child's toy)

Trucha
TROO-cha
Trout

Tulipanes
too-lee-PAH-ness
Tulips

Tulum
tuh-loom
Town with ruins in Quintana Roo, Cancun street name

Tuna
TOO-nah
Fruit of the nopal cactus

Turismo
too-REES-mo
Tourist, travel, touring

Uxmal
OOK-shh-mal
Cancun street, town

Vainilla
vai-NEE-yah
Vanilla

Valladolid
bah-yah-do-leed
City in Yucatán

Venado
beh-NAH-do
Deer, or venison

Verde
berr-deh
Green

Vibora
BEE-boh-rah
Viper

Vigésimo
bee-heh-see-moh
Twentieth

Vitrina
bee-TREE-nah
Window

Xcaret
shh-kah-reht
Cancun street, town

Xel-Ha
shell-ha
Cancun street, town

Xpuhil
ish-poo-HEEL
Cancun street, town

Yaxchilán
yaks-chee-LAHN
Mayan ruins, Cancun street

Yucateco
yoo-ka-TEH-koh
From Yucatan

Zancudo
zan-KOO-do
Mosquito

Zapote
zah-POH-teh
Fruit

Zapote Negro
zah-POH-teh neh-gro
Fruit

Zona de Tolerancia
ZOH-nah deh to-le-RAN-see-ah
Red-light district


 


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