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24 April 2018

U Is For "Usina" {Factory} | A To Z Challenge


In my ongoing efforts to learn Spanish, I'm highlighting a different Spanish word each day during April as part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I'm also sharing the random thoughts that pop into my head when I try to pronounce them.

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Today's Spanish word is >>usina<< (factory). And now for some random thoughts:

1 - I studied French and a lot of Spanish words are similar. Factory in French is >>usine<<. Having studied another Romance language makes learning Spanish easier in some ways, but harder in others. I'm bound to confuse the spelling of factory now in both languages - does it end with an "a" or an "e"?

2 - Factories make me think of tools. Tools make me think of boat projects. Boat projects make me think of naps. Naps are a good way to escape from boat projects. One can always hope that the elves will magically fix everything while you're sleeping.

3 - When I typed "elves," I started thinking about Keebler's cookies. Marketing is a powerful thing. I'll always associate elves with cookies.



Have you ever worked in a factory? Do you like to take naps? What's your favorite word that starts with "U"?

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23 comments:

  1. Just to confuse you more: we don't use that word in Spain! In Spain, we use mostly fábrica or factoría :D

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    1. Oh, now that is confusing :-) I wonder if it's more of a Latin American term or maybe it's just a term that's outdated which no one uses.

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  2. I once worked in a factory that built industrial sized chicken egg incubators! Despite Eva's fun and confusing contribution, I have a theory that might help. Isn't it more rare for an American Spanish word to end on the letter E? I could be wrong. Be well!

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    1. I'll have to investigate the use of letter Es in Latin American Spanish - very interesting :-)

      Industrial sized chicken egg incubators sounds like quite the sight. I'm trying to picture them in my head.

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  3. I've never worked in a factory. My parents did, but not me.

    I'm not much of a nap taker. I know I will when I get older, but right now it's rare.

    Understanding is my favorite "U" word today.

    Have a fabulous day, Ellen. ♥

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    1. Understanding is an excellent word choice. We could do with more understanding of each other in the world.

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  4. I've never been one for naps (or factory work), even when I was a kid. But like you, whenever I see or type the word "elves" I think about the Keeblers (and their tree factory). I don't like their cookies (except the Grasshoppers), so my next thought usually jumps to Jeff Sessions. I let that one simmer for a bit and leave you with my favourite "U" word: umbrella because it's so fun to say.

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    1. I don't think I've ever had a Grasshopper cookie. Must investigate :-)

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  5. I always think of cookies when I think of elves too! :) I worked in a plastics factory for one month in a summer when I was going to college. Never again. It paid well, but it was monotonous work.

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    1. So glad it's not just me who has the elves-cookie association going on. Monotonous work isn't a lot of fun so it's good that it paid well.

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  6. Cookies. That's what is still on my mind. Is it the marketing or is it the cookies? Could they make adorable broccoli cooking bears that make us crave broccoli?

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    1. Yes!! Why don't they do that? I really wish I would crave broccoli and lentils and all of that stuff that's supposed to be good for you.

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  7. As a student, I worked one summer in a factory attaching handles to paint tins. Sit me in front of that machine and I could do it today. With my eyes closed.

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    1. What an interesting job. I guess I never thought about how the handles got attached.

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  8. Yes, i like naps, and i also like the way you think!

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  9. And, now we have the association - factory=tools=boat projects=napping=elves=cookies. So, usine may mean factory, but it equals cookies?
    Just kidding. :)

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    1. Well, it does now :-) I will forever think of cookies whenever anyone says usine.

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  10. I used to work in a textile mill, although it wasn't an active mill when I worked there - part of it had been converted into a bar/music club, which is where I worked. The interesting thing is when it was a real working mill, my grandfather worked there.

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    1. I don't think I knew this about you. I want to hear more about this when you get to I-Town.

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  11. I'm in the 'fabrica' camp - and always take naps during thee day...but I blame my health.

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    1. I can see why you take naps - shame about your health issue :-(

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